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CROUSE; Peter C., 69, of Liverpool, Queens County, passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2023 after fighting cancer for several years.
Born in Liverpool, he was a son of the late Ernest Crouse and Polly Crouse-Freeman.
Peter was proud of his teaching career of 33 years. He was an avid reader, and strove to ignite a passion for reading in his junior high English students. He ran the school yearbook for many years and loved working with students on a creative project.
Peter was happiest in nature, whether it be gardening in their backyard, or camping at his beloved Keji with his sons, or fishing the Medway River and other storied streams in Queens County. “It would be great to get a canoe out there” was his first thought upon seeing any body of water, and he was always the first one up in the morning to get a fire ready for breakfast, no matter the weather at the campsite. While whitecaps on the lake would be a cause of concern for some, Peter loved surfing them in a canoe with a wide grin on his face. “May the wind always be at your back”.
He kept an active lifestyle and developed a love for tae kwon doe and kickboxing. He also had an artistic side and expressed it through writing stories, painting, and drawing, and he was constantly curious and learning about new topics in the world.
Peter was a loving father. He loved playing with his sons, being involved in childhood activities, and supporting family projects. He was so proud of his two sons and loved to connect with them, and he drew much inspiration from them over the years.
Peter is survived by his wife, Andrea (Rowan); sons, Brian and Bradley (Ellie); and brother, Greg (Pamela), who will always be the “big brother”, who saved him from drowning in 8 Mile Lake.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday Feb 8 from 6-8 PM at Chandlers Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Thursday Feb 9 at 11 AM at Chandlers’ Funeral Chapel with Father Joseph officiating. Reception to follow the service. Private family burial to follow. Donations may be made to the Queens General Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Online condolences can be made at www.chandlersfuneral.com, and the family would be touched to hear any stories or memories you have of Peter.
“The wilderness will welcome you, and teach you, and take you to its heart. And you will find your own soul there; and the discovery will be worth while!” – Albert Bigelow Paine, from The Tent Dwellers
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Charlotte, Bobby and Peggy Kelley
Andrea, Brian and Bradley. Please accept our sincere condolences. May your wonderful memories help you all through the difficult days ahead.
Andrea & family,
So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was by far one of my favorite English teachers and I know he will be greatly missed. Sending my deepest condolences.
Liza Zwicker (Anthony)
I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Crouse’s passing. I loved his English classes. The books we read, our designated reading time and even our homework, reading for 20 minutes day left a lasting impact. My love of reading flourished in his class and to this day I always make time in my day for at least 20 minutes to sit down with a good book. He was a wonderful teacher. My sincere condolences to all of you at this time.
I have the absolute pleasure of being taught by Peter and partnering him at kickboxing class. I also knew Peter well through his mothers life at Queens Manor. He was a devout son and a super cheerleader for people around him. I’m saddened to know Peter was so sick & lost his battle. He was a delightful man.
My sincere condolences.
Andrea, Bradley and Brian,
I am very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. Thinking of your family during this difficult time
So sorry to see this. He was a very good teacher at the Port Mouton school. We did put him through his paces but he always returned with a smile. We often only appreciate teachers in hindsight. I’m glad I appreciated him while I was in his class. Rest easy, Mr. Crouse
Andrea and family,
I am sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a very kind and thoughtful person. My prayers are with you.
Jim and Liz Fraelic.
Andrea and family, our very sincere sympathies on the passing of Peter.
Andrea, Brian, and Bradley,
Our hearts ache for you all. Peter was a gentle and kind man who
loved family and community. Please know that you are in the thoughts
and prayers of many.
Cathy, Rollie, and Family
Andrea and boys,
I am so very saddened to see that Peter has passed. He was a huge influence on me as a young student, encouraging my writing while being a gentle critic who encouraged growth. Ironically I just recently found my grade seven writings with his notes and comments to me.
Later on when I began kick-boxing and tae kwan do and we had a blast working out and literally punching each other. My life was greatly enhanced by him being in it and I can only imagine the void he has left in your lives.
May the memories, love, and life lessons be a comfort to you all.
I’m so sorry to be reading this. Peter’s classroom was next to mine during my first year of teaching at SQJHS and was always a great support and was always willing to help a “new” and inexperienced teacher out! Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Andrea and family, I am so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He played a role in who I am today and I am very grateful for every lesson learned.
To all kin, my sincerest condolences. Be good.
I remember Peter (Mr.) Crouse eating an apple on my first day with him in grade 7 English- after eating the entirety of it, he was asked why he ate the core and he replied “because I’m hardcore”. That he certainly was, enduring fart bombs in his classroom and the landslide of puberty ridden actions from our class with calmness and the right amount of stern action.
His pointing me toward the book The Tent Dwellers was my first real experience reading since childhood that I had enjoyed. I did a project on this book and got into fly fishing because of it. I wish to recognize, and thank him, for that.
You are back with the earth, the water, and the natural beings of this world, enjoy the purity & tranquility of this state. Perhaps you will spend a moment with me on a fishing trip this season.
Philip+ Holly Smith
Dear Andrea and family,
We were very sorry to realize that Peter had been so ill, and had passed.
We can only imagine the pain and sorrow you must all be feeling as you process such loss….
Peter was always such a good natured soul! That smile of his was so sincere.
He was a teacher who will be fondly remembered for his knowledge and his ability to open the minds of his students to diverse authors and styles of literature- our sons also shared a deep love of reading and gained many insights from his teaching. Peter was an asset to the education of so many young people in Liverpool and area.
We will be thinking of you all in the coming days as you reflect on a life well- lived, though taken far too soon.
May you all find peace as you reflect on the many joyful times spent together
through the years.
Holly and Philip Smith
Gordon and Jackie Eisnor
Andrea and family: Very sorry to read of Peter’s passing.Our sincere condolences to all your family.
So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. I will miss our conversations at the store. He was a very kind man and will be greatly missed. My condolences, May the memories of Peter guide you through the days ahead.
Andrea and Family
I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
My condolences goes out to the family… It was a pleasure having him as an English teacher… Will be deeply missed… Hugs to you all❤
Sorry to hear of Peter’s passing, We went through high school together, My thoughts are with you in these difficult times.
I had the pleasure of working in Peter’s classroom. Peter brought so much joy and enthusiasm to his English classes that it was very easy to be enthralled in his lessons.
His passion for teaching and his sincerity for his students learning certainly lit up a room!
Thinking of you during your time of grief and hoping you find healing in the difficult days ahead.
Dear Andrea and family, I am shocked and saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. I was not aware of his battle with cancer. On my trips home we would often share a little chat if I saw him working in the yard. He will be missed greatly in the community and even more by all of you. My thoughts are with you.
Shelly and Derek Neilson
Andrea, Brian, Brad and Ellie –
Even though we’ve spent a fair amount of time with you all during the last few months, it is never enough. I’m so glad I made Peter’s final birthday cake, and that he enjoyed it so much.
As always, we are right next door if any of you need help with anything at all.
Rest easy Peter, you’ll be missed.
Kathy and Tony Dagley
We are so sorry for your loss he was a very nice man
Dear Andrea and Family
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to you for your loss. Peter was a great educator and had a hand in shaping many young minds in Queens County, His unique sense of humour and calm personality made him a favourite with both students and staff, For many years he worked as hard at the Christmas concerts at the Wickwire school as we did. His love and devotion to his family is one thing that always stood out to me. Take care of one another and remember him with a smile.
Dennis & Linda MacKinnon
Andrea & Family, We are both so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a kind, gentle soul and we can only image your sorrow and heartbreak. Please accept our condolences. We are sorry that because we are away we won’t be able to attend his service but our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dennis & Linda MacKinnon
Peter and I spent many hours talking, sharing, and praying together. He was one of the finest, kindest, and most compassionate people I have been graced to know. His capacity for love and forgiveness, his deep sense of connection with the Divine, and his love of nature and of spiritual reading made him such a beautiful and expansive soul to know.
Peter, you will be deeply missed, my friend. I know you tasted union with God in this life, and so we can all be sure that your passage from this life was equally marked with grace and love. You were a good man, a person of deep integrity, sincere humility, and keen self-awareness who loved your sons and your wife with true and deep love. May you somehow continue to find bliss in the world of nature that was your solace, and may light perpetual shine upon you. As you loved Jesus, so surely he deeply loves you. Rest in peace, my friend.
Andrea, and family,
Peter was my first male teacher and coach of any sport. He taught Grade 6 at Port Mouton Consolidated over 40 years ago. It was early on in his career. I believe it was here he met the new music teacher, Andrea.
We were a class of young hellions, teasing Mr. Crouse about his daily banana at lunch. He may have washed a couple mouths out with soap. We deserved it.
He taught us about fitness(deep knee bends were his favorite), teamwork, commitment and love of sport. I had never played soccer before but continued to love the sport until the present.
I’m saddened to know he battled to the end but would have expected nothing less.
Rest peacefully, Mr. Crouse.
In a world where you can be anything…be good.
Terribly sorry for your family’s loss. Your family will always be a staple of my child hood. Growing up with Bradley, elementary music class with Andrea, and jr high with Peter. May he and your family be at peace.
To Andrea, Brian, and Bradley and family. I was saddened to read about Peter. He certain,y will be missed by you and so very many, as a wonderful husband, father, teacher and friend. May your difficult road be lessened knowing his earthly sufferings are over and he rests now in the arms of Jesus.
Keep all those wonderful memories alive in your hearts as you walk this heavy road.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Peter was a Resource Teacher helping Special Education students when he worked with me when I was Supervisor of Special Education. He was excellent. He helped many, many students to succeed, and he was an essential part of a team of teachers. He was a natural thinker and just seemed to know what to do and when to do it. Many young folks owe him the success he made possible for them. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
I had a chance to talk to Peter in hospital in Bridgewater in August as he continued with a very positive approach. e will be missed. Sincere condolences to Andrea and family.
Andrea and family
So sorry to hear the passing of Peter .He was such a great man .He will be missed by many .Please take care and comfort one another at this time .
Homer Noble and Ron Hopper
Ron and I send our sincerest sympathy. Peter was simply a wonderful guy.
Stein and Simone Snarby and family
Andrea and family,
We are so very sorry for your loss
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time
Stein and Simone Snarby and family
Andrea, Brian and Brad
Extended sympathies to you during this tough time. It was a pleasure to work with Peter as a teaching colleague. Treasure the many happy memories.
Jacob A. Chandler
With a heavy heart I offer my condolences to family and friends. Whether he was kicking me across the room at martial arts class or debating whether my semicolon was required on an english assignment; I can say it was nothing shy of a pleasure to have been taught, train beside, and occasionally agree to disagree with Mr. Crouse. Please take care and comfort knowing the true capacity and impact he had on so many.
I can’t believe this he was one of my favourite teachers he inspired me to get into writing and reading through his English studies he will be deeply missed
Sincere condolences to Peter’s family.
Mike and Donna West
Andrea, Brian,Bradley, Greg and families,
So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was always friendly and smiling. Throughout our years of watching minor hockey games, we all appreciated his positive attitude. A great guy. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Greg & Lin Conrad
Andrea,Brian,Bradley and family, thinking of you, at this time of loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Dear Andrea, Brian and Brad:
I am so very sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you all during this very difficult time. May your wonderful memories and love be a comfort to you. Please accept my most sincere sympathy.
My condolences Andrea and family.Sorry for your loss during this difficult time
Mervin Bernadette Hartlen
Andrea and Family Our prayers and thoughts are with you . May all your memories help you all at this time
Reid and Patti Emenau
Our sincere condolences Andrea and family. We were saddened to learn of Peter’s passing.
Andrea, Brad, and Brian…..I just wanted to say that Peter was a true warrior. I didn’t have him for a school teacher, but I did have him for a partner at kickboxing. He was the best partner around…for all of us! He inspired and motivated us all, either at Neils, or at my classes. He will be fondly remembered. Sending my condolences in this difficult time.
Deepest condolences to Andrea and family on the loss of Peter. His absence will be felt throughout the community.
Raelene (Winaut) Kucyk
I am sorry to hear about Peter. He was my favorite teachers in junior high.
Thinking of Andrea and her family during this difficult time.
My heart goes out to the family. I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Crouse for English when I was in junior high.
I wasn’t much for school, but there was just something special about his class that I always looked forward to.
Very Sorry For Your Loss.
Ruth Anne Zwicker & Kevin Cole
Andrea, Brian and Brad,
Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Peter was such a kind and pleasant man. He was a wonderful educator and will be fondly remembered. Take care.
Smile! Peter always had a Smile! Even when Andrea was needing help with last minute stuff for Musicals at Wickwire! Peter was there with a Smile! He will be missed not only by his Blood Family but also his Teacher Family! Condolences to you Andrea and your family!
Andrea and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. I fondly recall being one of his students who benefitted from his passion for teaching English! I was also super impressed with his kickboxing talents. He will be greatly missed in our community. Thinking of you all.
Donna (Minard) Hartling
I was sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. We went through school together, grades 3-12, and were in high school curling. He was very laid-back and easy to get along with. It seems from the obituary that he led a full and active life. Sincere condolences to his family.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
Peter was a great teacher. Treasure the Memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Iva & Derek Wagstaff
Andrea, Brian and Bradley:
We are so sorry for your loss. We send our heartfelt condolences. We’ll always remember Peter as such a pleasant gentle person who was so dedicated to family. Our thought go out to you.
Pat & Kerry Morash
Dear Andrea & Family:
Sincere condolences on your loss. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Sending our deepest condolences, Andrea and family.❤️
I’m so very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing, and wish to offer my condolences to Andrea and family. I echo the same love of my South Queens Junior High English (and home room) teacher, who always kept us so engaged with his enthusiasm for writing and reading. I had the added benefit of learning from him while working on the school’s yearbook. Peter’s gift will live on through all his students near and far! Condolences from my family and me.
Andrea & family
I am saddened to read of Peter’s passing. He was a gentle soul whose life has been taken too soon, but know he is not in battling pain anymore. My thoughts are with you.
Peter and Leslie Jones
Andrea, Bradley and Brian,
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. I hope you are able to take some solace in all these messages of love and remembrance of Peter that illustrate his kindness.
So very sorry to read of Peter’s passing; my condolences to his family.
Bill and Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse
We were very sad to read of Peter’s passing. He was a schoolmate from a half-century ago, but still a familar face who we met and chatted with at Liverpool’s events and places over the years. It is sobering to realize that we are at a time of life when saying goodbye to one’s contemporaries is commonplace. Peter will be remembered fondly for his genuine interest in people and his smiling eyes. With sincere condolences.
Barb and Lorne Redmond
Lorne and I send our sincerest condolences to all the family.
While working at the Junior High School in Liverpool as a teacher assistant, I met Peter…While I was a little shy upon meeting him, he made me feel comfortable with his easy going personality and his friendly smile…One could tell how much he loved his job and the students…My respect for him never waned over the years…English had always been my favorite subject and he made it more so by being in his classes…He will be missed…My deepest condolences to the family..God bless…
The Crouse Family:
Sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. I have memories of Peter when the Crouse family moved to Jubilee Street and Peter and I became friends spending our days playing together. Please accept my condolence.
Andrea and Family,
I’m saddened to hear of Peter’s passing, please accept my sincere condolences. May you find comfort in your memories and each other for the trying days ahead.
Mary and Family
Lorna & Stewart MacPherson
To Andrea, Brian and Bradley,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Peter’s death. We will remember him for his big smile, and warm, gentle demeanour. Thinking of you all, during this difficult time.
Duncan & Goretti MacIsaac
We were saddened to read that Peter has lost his battle with cancer. The condolences written on this site are a true testament to what people thought of this wonderful teacher and family man. He was such a positive influence
in so many lives. May your memories sustain you through this very difficult time.
Dear Andrea, Brian and Bradley.
It is with extreme sadness that I received the news of Peter’s passing. Our time together at South Queens always stands out as some of my best years in the teaching field. It will always be of memories of smiles and warmth. The world has lost a truly amazing person. While I cannot attend the funeral due to teaching commitments, my mind will not be on the class lessons that morning. My sincerest of sympathies for your loss.
Sam, Sandra and the girls
Peter and Janet Fountain
Andrea and family,
So sorry about your loss. Peter was always such a positive teacher who never seemed to get flustered whatever was happening. He will be missed by many.
Peter and Janet
Robert & Sally Fader
Very sorry to read of Peter’s passing. Sending sincere condolences at this very sad and difficult time.
Dear Andrea and family.
I was very sad to hear of Peter’s death.
He was a wonderful person.
I was fortunate to have grown up with Peter and I have many fond memories of him which I will cherish.
Please take care of one and other during this challenging time.
Mr. Crouse was a gem! His passion for learning was infectious, as was his big smile. Many of my peers have shared and I would echo, he was a great teacher and mentor. How lucky for us to have shared that time with him. Condolences to your family.
Daryl and Gladys Williams
Andrea and Family
So very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. May we offer our sincere condolences to you and the boys.
Such a kind warm smile daily as we began class. His animated engaging personality as he captured our attention!
Definitely remember him for certain expressions and recall the comment about he he ate the apple core.
Many memories and an immediate smile to follow!
Thinking about all of u at this very difficult time!
Andrea, Brian, Bradley,
We are so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Scott, Mandy, Matthew, Samara
Dear Andrea and family,
So sorry for your loss.May the treasured
memories you have of your husband and Dad fill your heart with love and joy and happiness and give you great comfort in the days to come when you will miss him the most.I remember him being at Port Mouton
school a little bit but I mostly remember him from Wickwire and mostly teaching at South
Queens during English classes.Some of the students I worked with always loved to have deep discussions with him and I recall him saying….Welllll….how about we do some work now…..with his eversmiling calm voice
.I , like the other T.A.’s always enjoyed his English classes because he always had and inspired his students to do better and to believe in their abilities and to never give up.
His class was always like a mindfulness session for all who were there.Take care in the days ahead.Prayers of comfort and care to you all at this difficult time.Linda(Bowers)
Bradley, Brian and Andrea,
My sincere condolences to all of you during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of uncle Peter, mostly from my early childhood. Memories of his love for animals, in-particular Rupert, the beloved family dog. Memories of all of us having Chinese food at our grandmother’s (Polly Crouse) house and dancing around the piano after dinner. Memories of Peter’s love of music and books and anything to do with nature. Reading through some of the messages it is so clear that Peter touched many people’s lives. I hope these messages bring you comfort.
Terri Longmire (nee Huskins)
Andrea and family
Peter was my grade six teacher at Port Mouton school quite a while ago. He made a wonderful impression in me and I loved his smile. He married Andrea a short time later.
Even after all of these years, I still remember his wonderful personality. He will be missed by all.
Sincere condolences to Andrea, his sons, and the rest of his family.
It was such a pleasure to work with Peter for many years at SQJH.He was dedicated to his profession and a colleague we could all count on.My condolences to all of his family.
Neil, Cheryl, Christian and Bailey
Andrea, Brian & Bradley,
I will truly miss Peter and I was fortunate to talk to him recently. I thanked him for the occasions where he unselfishly gave up his class time to assist several young people who were struggling with mental health issues. Peter encouraged them and I know made a huge difference in their lives. Peter spoke of what an exceptional group of classmates and how much he enjoyed training with each of them. He expressed how much he enjoyed Jen Hartgrove’s classes and what an exceptional teacher/person she was. When I think of Peter Crouse, only one phrase comes to mind. The Japanese Samurai have a saying, “Fight like your hair is on fire”. Peter trained with that same intensity. Peter was a WARRIOR and although that great beast, CANCER, ravaged his body, it did not break his spirit! Peter, you will not be forgotten. When I train, I will think of the Peter Crouses’ and Kirk MacLeods’ and do another five push ups, etc. in your honour. Cheryl, Christian, Bailey and I will always remember you.
Andrea, Brian and Bradley, we hope you take comfort in all the beautiful words that have been written here in Peter’s honour. He truly made a difference!
Andrea and family.
So sorry for your loss of Peter. I did not know that he had been ill.
I remember Peter keeping the kids in control and lined them up for singing at the Kiwanis Christmas Concerts over several years.
Take care of each other.
Andrea, Brian, and Bradley,
I’m so very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. I have many fond memories of Peter, and reading these condolences have brought them vividly back into focus (and reinforced how loved he was). His laugh was in itself gentle, and I will always remember his desire to help others, be it in school or in martial arts (I still remember being blown away the first time sparring with him!) I will also always appreciate his patience and good humor whenever the house was invaded by a group of rowdy teenagers.
My sincere condolences to you all.
Susan and Peter Truelove
We are so very saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. A very nice man, kind and always smiling. We enjoyed his friendship at many minor hockey games over the years with our kids. Plase accept our sincere thoughts of sympathy for your sad loss.
Peter and Susan Truelove and family
Shelley and Martin Gillis and family
Dear Andrea and family,
We were so very sorry to learn of Peter’s passing. May the wonderful memories you shared bring you comfort at this difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you.
Andrea and Family,
Linda and I wish to extend our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We knew Peter as a kind and dedicated teacher who loved the profession and helping students learn and grow as individuals. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss.
Chuck and Linda McLellan
Andrea, Bradley, Brian and family – We are so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing, we will always remember his kind, gentle nature. Thinking of you all and sending love to you, Louise and John
Dear Andrea, Brian, Bradley, and Family,
Deepest sympathies in your loss.
I remember Peter as a dedicated teacher and a patient and willing to share colleague; always smiling and ready for a laugh.
Amanda remembers him as a teacher, and Jacob as a teacher, and, as his sparring partner out at Neil’s.
May your memories ease your grief, and the company of family and friends comfort you in the times ahead.
Sheree, Amanda, and Jake Chandler
Peter and Marilyn Brandal
We send our condolences to Peter’s family. My husband is a cousin of Peter’s and we just finished watching his funeral as we were not able to attend in person. What a lovely service for a wonderful man. I first met Peter at his aunt Helen’s service and then again at aunt Shirley’s and we were so pleased that he came to share some time with us. I know that there will be a large empty place in your hearts but by keeping his memory alive it will help all of you to get down the difficult road that is ahead. Sending our sincere condolences to all of you.
Cousin Peter and Marilyn
Dennis & Sherrill Harrington
Sending sincere condolences to all the family, take care❤️
Andrea, Brian and Bradley — it’s been many years, I am so very sorry to be hearing this news. I have strong memories of our collaborations in Elementary School Science Fairs, road hockey shenanigans and exploring the woods between Waterloo and School St. Your father was a passionate and approachable adult, and one of the earliest examples for me that learning could be fun, creative and a totally unique experience (can’t help but think about how your house ALWAYS had the coolest gadgets and experiments mid-build anytime I was there growing up… I was very jealous!). His pride and devotion to his family was always apparent, whether in academics, the arts, sports or throughout your lives. I hope that you carry his encouragement and love with you always. Sincere condolences from the entire Barrett family.
Terry & Stephanie Hurrell
Dear Andrea and Boys: Our first reaction was: “Oh no! Not Peter Crouse; far too young to leave us!” We first met Peter as a teaching comrade at the old Junior High on Bridge Street. Back then, it was obvious that Peter was a first rate teacher, inspiring students very skillfully. The warm personality and friendly smile stayed with him throughout his life, married to the beautiful Andrea. What a couple you two made! Andrea, we are so sorry. Treasure those memories that you have and know that God and all these messages of condolence will sustain through this difficult time. Love, Terry & Stephanie Hurrell.
Joanne Inness Hann
Our sincere condolences to all of the family.
Joanne Inness and Ron Hann
Andrea, Brian and Bradley,
I was shocked and saddened to read about Peter’s passing. He of course was one of my teachers growing up. He taught me grade 8 English, and published a small book of our short stories and poetry. It was the first time I saw my work in print. He was so encouraging to all of us students. He also introduced our school to the sport of soccer. I had never played before in my life, but Peter took the time and taught us his love for the game, and I continued to play soccer into my young adult life. I will always be thankful to him for that. He always had a smile and a friendly hello when he saw me. I did not know he was diagnosed with cancer, but I am thankful that he is no longer in pain from that dreaded disease. Please hold your memories close to your heart, for I know he will be with you always. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss,
Heather (Veinot) Stevens
I just wanted to say my condolences to the family . I had Mr.Crouse as a teacher in junior high. I remember even though I could be one of those difficult students that he cared about us as individuals and our education. He was a great teacher!
Peter was a passionate and gifted teacher, and a great mentor to his students and colleagues. He saw the best in each one of his pupils and he encouraged them to recognize these qualities in themselves as well, to achieve their highest potential. His passion for the natural world and it’s solidarity was unrivaled and greatly admired by many. His passion for the natural world and it’s solidarity was unrivaled and greatly admired by many.
As a former student of Peter’s, I learned a lot from him and he was certainly a large influence for me to find the enjoyment and pride in education, which I would continue for many years leading to a successful career and I am still an avid learner to this day. I thank him very much for instilling this inspiration.
My deepest condolences to the Crouse and extended Families, close friends, former colleagues and students. I hope you find some solace amongst each other, during this difficult time, sharing fond memories of Peter.
Take Care Peter and Thank You!
My fondest memory of Peter was in the spring of 2001, where the school organized a trip to white point. A few of us decided to go surfing. The surf was big for any beach, 6-8 feet, which is a challenge. I had been surfing for a couple of years but for the fresh crew who were entering the water, most were having serious doubts. Not Peter! He quickly got on his board, and to my amazement, he quickly paddled out through the thick wall of white water and made it to where the biggest waves were breaking. He was even able to sit on his board on the first try. He asked a couple questions and without worry, he turned his board around and caught a large wave all the way back to shore, near where the rest of the gang was still making up their minds. Surely, everyone at the resort heard him hooting and hollering in complete joy. In a flash, he was back, ready for another wave and he said to me “my goodness, I can see why you love this, what an adrenal rush!! This is great!!” I’m still amazed today on his ability his first day surfing, his complete lack of fear and I am ultimately inspired by his strong connection to the enjoyment of the natural world. Peter was charging that afternoon and I’ve never seen someone surf like that on their first day. I’ve never forgotten it.
In the video compilation of Peter’s life, I was quite touched to see Him, Brian and Bradley in wetsuits on a beach, which may have been a surf trip. If so, I hope the waves were up to Peter’s standards that day :-).