Vic Peters, Manitoba's hall of fame curler, dies at 60
A three-time Manitoba curling champion, Peters was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2011
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.
The curling world has lost a great one. Our sincere condolences go out to the friends & family of Vic Peters. <a href="https://t.co/hz22LKFwho">pic.twitter.com/hz22LKFwho</a>—@CurlingCanada
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.
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.
My heart goes out to <a href="https://twitter.com/styledplanning">@styledplanning</a> & your family. Vic Peters will be missed. One of the game's best!—@TeamBernard
Really sucks to hear about Vic Peters passing. Worked with him for 3 years and knew him for 25. Heart of gold. Will miss a hell of a guy.—@LorenzGolf
Got to see his daughter Liz Fyfe in the Scotties..now he's left us..Vic Peters..one of the truly nice people a curling world of nice—@TSNVicRauter
I watched Vic Peters win the Brier in 92 and it made me want to curl. Then I met him and he was a better guy than a curler Rest in Peace Vic—@nolancurling34
One of the all time greats on and off the ice. Vic Peters you will be missed.—@retiredcurler
I played against Vic Peters many times at <a href="https://twitter.com/CurlGraniteWPG">@CurlGraniteWPG</a> in the 1980s. Great player and a better man. RIP Vic.—@gpaulley
RIP Vic Peters and condolences to your family and friends. I'm very fortunate to have met and competed against a true gentleman like him.—@_JohnnyMac