Capt Edwin Morton 'Bud' Peto, MiD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Captain Edwin Morton 'Bud' Peto, MiD (Ret’d) on 8 January 2012 at the age of 90 at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga ON.
Born in Montreal, Bud attended Montreal West High School and then the Royal Military College 1938-40 and McGill University 1940-41. He completed his B. Eng (Civil) post-war at McGill 1945-47.
Bud joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1941. He served his first year (May 1941-April 1942) as an Instructor at A6 Canadian Engineer Training Centre in Dundurn SK and was then posted overseas to the Canadian Engineer Reinforcement Unit (Apr 1942-Aug 1942). From here he was assigned to 16th Field Company as Platoon Commander (Aug 1942-Sept 1944) and landed on the Normandy Beach on D-Day in support of North Shore Regiment. Bud's unit continued to support the advance of the Canadian Army through Europe and he was transferred to 2nd Field Company in Holland with the 2nd Division before the Battle of the Scheldt and returned to England 5 days before VE-Day.
Lieutenant Peto was Mentioned in Despatches on 3 February 1945. In England, he was assigned to No. 1 Canadian Engineer Reinforcement Unit as Demolitions Training Officer (May 1945-Aug 1945). Captain Peto returned to Canada in Sept 1945 and was demobilised.
After the war, Bud had an extensive career as a Consulting Engineer as the longtime president of the engineering firm E.M. Peto & Assoc. and, subsequently, Peto-MacCallum. Bud was active in the leadership of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario as well as the Military Engineering Association of Canada, the Military Engineering Institute of Canada and the Royal Military College Club of Canada.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Butler Chapel", 4933 Dundas Street West, on Saturday, 14 January 2012 from 2 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m.