CROWN, Peter Herbert

It is with much love and celebration of a life well lived that we say goodbye to Peter Crown, father, husband, exceptional teacher, and wonderful friend to so many. Peter passed away on July 10, 2022, with his family at his side.

Peter was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Gwen Crown, his older brother Robert and sister-in-law Judy Crown, his mother-in-law and father-in-law Edna and Reginald Ramer, his brother-in-law Harvey Ramer, and many aunts, uncles and cousins in the Crown, Powell, Ramer, and Stevenson families.

Born in Toronto and raised in the Birch Cliff area of Scarborough, Ontario, Peter attended Birch Cliff Public School and R.H. King Collegiate Institute where he enjoyed a good academic life and a wonderful time playing football and competing in wrestling before graduating in 1961.

He moved to Guelph, Ontario where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master of Science degrees majoring in Soil Science. As a summer student Peter worked on soil inventory projects across southern and northern Ontario. Before completing his MSc program, he was hired as a soil scientist by Agriculture Canada and completed both his MSc and inventory projects before a transfer to Edmonton, Alberta in 1969.

During his graduate program he and Elizabeth (Betty) Ramer, also a graduate student at Guelph, dated and after completing their degrees married in 1968. The birth of their son, Warren, was a wonderful gift, and after enjoying numerous mountain camping trips as a family, they together enjoyed the development of a vacation home at Muriel Lake near Bonnyville.

In Alberta, Peter worked on a number of soil inventory projects ranging in location from the Fort McMurray area in the north to the Suffield Military reserve in the south, with work in the Oyen, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche and Rocky Mountain House areas, as well as Elk Island National Park.

At the same time, he began a doctorate program in the U of A’s Department of Soil Science and completed his PhD in 1978. He then joined that Department, teaching and conducting research in the areas of soil science, land classification and remote sensing. He officially retired in 2002 but continued teaching soil science both in campus classrooms and at the Department’s field school each spring. After retirement, Peter also spent time as a volunteer with the Red Cross emergency and disaster services program. Peter and Betty enjoyed many relaxing days at their Cabin on Muriel Lake. Their retirement years saw the small sailboat at Muriel Lake, replaced by a larger one kept at the marina and sailed on Cold Lake.

He and Betty spent joyful times travelling around the world, taking trips before and after Betty’s International Standards Organization meetings, at which she was a Canadian representative in the area of protective clothing. Other trips were either research or teaching activities, taken on sabbatical leaves or visiting current and former graduate students in other countries. In all, they travelled together to 32 countries.

Cremation has taken place internment and a family service will take place at a later date in Ontario.

Memorial Donations in Peter’s name may be made to the ALS Society of Alberta. 7874-10 Street NE, Calgary Alberta, T2E 8W1 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Cathy McMaster

Dearest Betty and Warren,

Only now did I decide to check for an obituary for Peter. My deepest and saddest condolences. Cousin Peter was always a joy, except when, as a small child, he teased me with, “Your mother works on a garbage truck!” or “Your mother wears army boots!” He and his brothers always got a rouse out of me with those insults. Good Times. I have better memories of visiting Peter, Betty and Warren in the 1990s and the wonderful trip through the mountains and at Muriel Lake. Peter meant so much to me. I miss him immensely. Love to you both, Betty and Warren. Always in my heart, Cathy

Don Brown

A sad passing – Peter was a great person & class President

Fond memories foe Betty & Warren

Don B.

Terry Craig

I am very sorry to hear about Peter’s death. I remember our days together both at Guelph, and the years we lived in Edmonton. I wish you both well in the times ahead.
Terry Craig

Ron Hall

Dear Betty and Warren,
Our sincere condolences to you both. We were very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was an excellent mentor, teacher and professor to many students over the years.
May you take the time to grieve and heal in the days ahead.

Ron and Judy Hall

Joanne Hammond

Dear Betty,
Peter has left a wonderful legacy. He was dedicated to his career and worked with enthusiasm.
God bless you and Warren as you cherish many wonderful memories. (Mine have an Australian flavor!)
Much Love,
Doug and Joanne.

Kaye Brunt

So sorry to hear about Peter’s death. He was a great person.I know you and Warren have many great memories of your years together with Peter.

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