CWO Peter K. Mushrow, CD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Chief Warrant Officer Mushrow, CD (Ret’d) at Langley Memorial hospital in Langley BC on 24 December 2020 at age 84 years. Peter served the Canadian Military Engineers as a Combat Engineer for 35 years.
Peter was born and raised in Port aux Basques NL. He joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1956 in St John’s and completed his basic Sapper training at the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering (RCSME) in Vedder Crossing BC. Promoted to Corporal in 1958, he was posted to Demonstration Troop at RCSME for what was a short tour as he was posted to 3 Field Squadron in Chilliwack BC the next year.
A year later Peter was posted to 4 Field Squadron in Werl, Germany. When he returned to Canada in 1963, he became an instructor at RCSME for four years with Recruit Training Squadron. After this RCSME tour, Peter returned to Germany with 4 Field Squadron during which time he was promoted to Sergeant.
In 1970, Peter returned to his home province when he was posted to the Regular Support Staff with 56th Field Engineer Squadron in St John’s NL. Promoted to Warrant Officer in 1973, he was transferred to 1 Field Squadron in Petawawa ON for a three-year tour. On completion of this tour, Peter was posted to a Technical Staff position in National Defence Headquarters with responsibility for Field Engineer equipment
Peter was promoted to Master Warrant Officer in 1979 and returned to Germany with 4 Combat Engineer Regiment for his third tour. Promotion to Chief Warrant Officer saw his return to Canada and his appointment as Regimental Sergeant Major of 1 Combat Engineer Regiment.
After completion of his tour as 1 CER RSM in 1987, Peter was appointed the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering Chief Warrant Officer. Upon completion of that tour, he became the Base Chilliwack Chief Warrant Officer in 1990. Peter retired from the Canadian Forces in 1991 and settled in the Chilliwack area.
Peter enjoyed a long retirement of nearly 30 years. He and Else travelled many times to Germany, spent time at “The Glen,” and maintained a welcoming home. Peter was especially devoted to the annual commemoration of the 1944 Canadian liberation of Belgium and all his dear friends in Knokke-Heist. Peter enjoyed his fishing in the Fraser River, extended walks wherever he was, playing guitar, singing and sharing his memories of growing up in Port aux Basques Newfoundland.
As per Peter’s wish, there will be no service or funeral.