Vic Peters, Manitoba's hall of fame curler, dies at 60

Legendary Manitoba curler Vic Peters has died.

A three-time Manitoba curling champion, Peters was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2011

Vic Peters was a three-time Manitoba curling champion, and one-time national champion having won the 1992 Labatt Brier. (CBC)

Legendary Manitoba curler Vic Peters has died.

Peters, who was from Steinbach, Man., battled cancer for the past five years, numerous reports state. He died Sunday at age 60.

Just last month, Peters cheered on his daughter Liz Fyfe as she competed for Team Manitoba at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie, Alta.

A three-time Manitoba curling champion, Peters was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2011, the CurlingZone website states.

He was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in 2005 as part of the 1992 and 1993 men's teams that he skipped, with Dan Carey at third, Chris Neufeld at second and Don Rudd at lead.

Based out of Winnipeg's Granite Curling Club, they captured the provincial men's championship in both of those years. In 1992, they went on to win the Brier — the Canadian men's curling championship — and then placed third at the world championship.

In 1993 they finished fourth at the Brier.

Former Brier champions pose with their curling daughters, left to right: Dan Carey, with daughter and Alberta skip Chelsea Carey, Russ Howard with daughter and Saskatchewan third Ashley Howard, Vic Peters with daughter and Manitoba second Liz Fyfe and Rick Lang with daughter and Northern Ontario lead Sarah Potts at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Feb. 27. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

A Peters-skipped team returned to the Brier in 1997, losing in the final to Alberta's Kevin Martin. That year, Peters was awarded the Ross Harstone Trophy as the curler with who best represents sportsmanship, observance of the rules, exemplary conduct and curling ability.

Resby Coutts, a Manitoba sports journalist, described Peters as a fierce competitor on the ice but an honest, sincere and open person off the ice.

"They will remember a great guy, a wonderful person, a person that you wanted to be around," he said.

"[He was] a guy who would slam his broom occasionally, people will acknowledge that, but when the game was over, he moved on."

Tributes to Peters have been pouring in through Twitter from friends, sportscasters, and fellow curlers.

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