Daryl Pewtress

Obituary of Daryl George Pewtress

October 11, 1948 – Kindersley, Saskatchewan

January 15, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta


Daryl Pewtress of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at the age of 74 years.


Daryl was born and raised in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.  Following his study of music in North Dakota, he accomplished much throughout his life in the areas of music education and performance.  Daryl began his career in New Zealand where he lived four years. During that time he directed productions, performed with the New Plymouth Musical Theatre Society, taught high school band, played percussion in the New Plymouth City Band, and even learned to sail! 


Daryl taught in Moose Jaw, New Zealand, and Athabasca, but spent most of his career in the Crowsnest Pass.  For years he directed countless musical productions and served as an Alberta Teacher’s Association Rep for his school division.  Daryl also conducted the Crowsnest Community Choir, a group he was proud to show off at their many performances in southern Alberta. Daryl will be remembered for the impact on the students he taught and his mastery as a choral conductor.


As a hobby, Daryl raised pure bred Balinese cats and travelled extensively as a judge at cat shows. He was particularly proud that he once raised the number one champion Balinese cat in Canada.


After retirement, Daryl moved to Calgary to spend more time with his mother and to be closer to family.  He enjoyed attending Calgary Opera, the CPO, musicals, as well as the CNP Music and Provincial Music Festivals.


Daryl is survived by his daughter Elizabeth DiMarino (Dominic), son Michael Pewtress, and his grandchildren, Hailey, Benjamin, Berlynn and Jackson.  Daryl was predeceased by his parents, George and Dorothy Pewtress (nee Hiar), and by his younger brother Laurie Pewtress.


As per Daryl’s wishes no formal public funeral will be held. The family will celebrate his life in a private service. A memorial scholarship will be created in Daryl’s name and awarded to a student who is pursuing further opportunities in music education or performance. 


Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship may do so through this link: https://fnd.us/528PP9?ref=sh_3C80r3 

Condolences, memories and photos can also be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Daryl Pewtress, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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