Peter John O’Kane was born on June 16th, 1970 in Belfast, Ireland and immigrated to Canada in 1974.
He died on November 21st, 2012 from injuries sustained in an off duty accident.
Peter grew up in St Francois Xavier and attended St Paul’s High School in Elie prior to completing his degree in Psychology at the University of Manitoba.
In 1991 he started his boxing career and was a member of the Canadian Amateur Boxing team from 1994-1996. He trained at the Pan Am Boxing Club where he was coached by Edward Yaremchuk. Peter fought in both the Western Canadian Games and the Police Olympics.
In 1999 Peter turned professional and fought all across Canada and the United States. He had stone fists and an iron jaw and was known for his typical Irish determination and heart. He was also known for his typical Irish defense and was happy to take shots at a two > one ratio just to keep the fight interesting. He retired from professional boxing with an impressive record of 15 wins (4-KO), 6 losses and 1 draw. At one time he was ranked the #2 Cruiserweight in Canada.
Peter joined the Winnipeg Police Service on December 11th, 1995 and proudly filled a spot in recruit class #125.
His old school mentality was a perfect fit for his new profession. He had the hard nosed belief that the streets of Winnipeg belonged to him and not the criminal miscreants that preyed upon our beloved citizens. He was the quintessential “sheep dog” protecting the flock from the wolf.
Pete’s work ethic, commitment and dedication to “the job” was unparalleled but it was his sense of humor that really set him aside from most. His favorite pastimes included his unending quest to find out the “scandal,” talking trash and referring to his male coworkers as “she.”
“Oh, she thinks she’s a tough guy,” was one of his personal favorites.
Away from the job Pete was a dedicated husband, son, brother and uncle. He was also a skilled carpenter and shared that gift with his friends and family.
Peter O’Kane was a great warrior, blessed with steely courage and dogged determination, a great leader who inspired all those around him.
Above all else, Peter O’Kane was a good soldier.
We all mourn his loss.
Rest in Peace Brother.