In Memory of Peter John Crosier
Passed away suddenly Sunday night on August 21, 2022, we lost our love one to a cardiac event at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa. Firstly, a tremendous thanks to all the medical professionals who cared for him over the years.
Peter was the firstborn son of Archibald and Joy Crosier. A cap gun cowboy child of the 1950’s, dad grew up in southern Ontario basking in the love of the best family a boy could have. He spoke of this time in idyllic tones, with his family and beloved Uncle George and Aunt Alpha as well as his cousins Jean and Donna. In the late 60’s Toronto region he would meet and marry my mother (Jane Rioux) and have my brother Matthew. They moved to Ottawa, where I (Benjamin) was born. Now everyone was together again. My dad’s three brothers with their spouses Kim(Liz), Jonathan(Petra) and Jeremy(Nadine), and in time, their children (Rebecca, Jeffrey, Jessica, Emily, Sara and Ashley). My brother would marry, (Valerie) and Peter became a grandfather. (Catherine, Alexander and Tessa).
As a young man, dad took us on many exuberant family vacations and outings that were inevitably punctuated by an element of comedic chaos (generally appreciated only in retrospect). There was the time we canoed into the shipping lane of the St. Lawrence River, where a tanker was kind enough to sound the ship horn for us. Dad did ride out the waves, but there were ripple effects with my mom later. Another vacation saw us accidentally run the border back into Canada. Again, we were kindly corrected.
In her early 60’s my mom was stricken with cancer. My dad cared for her with a competency and tenderness that revealed him to me in an even brighter light.
By the grace of God, my father was blessed to later open a second chapter to his life. He met and wed Carmen (Zugor) and instantly fit in with her close-knit family. Indeed, it is the grievance and resolve of Carmen’s wonderful family through which I discern the impact my dad had on their lives. Carmen’s children, Bernie, Monica (James) and Erika (Andrew) and her grandchildren Syndyl, Brendan, Brianna, Raydin, Kanin, Landen and Logan all adored their ‘ Grandpa Peter’ and miss him a great deal.
The Mackey and Bailey families were most cherished cousins and part of my dad’s entire life. We would also like to thank his great friend and confidant Manfred for always helping and supporting Peter even now as he makes sure Peter’s final wishes are met.
Dad, I’m going to put on some Elvis and have a late breakfast today in your honor. I will remember us talking about movies, cars, politics, and history. Then, I will try to recollect what you told me
about how the world should really run. We love you and miss you so much. Goodbye Dad, Peter, Uncle & Grandpa.
The Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022 at 1 p.m. in the Heritage Funeral Complex Chapel, located at 1250 Trim Rd, Orléans, ON, K4A-3P7.