Ray was born in Biggar on August 31, 1925. He passed away in his home at Birth Hills on
December 19, 2021 at the age of 96. He was predeceased by his wife, Claire in 2009 and his
daughter, Marion in 2019. He is survived by his children Gord (Anne) Crozier, Larry (Margaret)
Crozier, Lorraine (Norbert) Engel, Matt (Bev) Crozier and son-in-law Al Riddell.
His grandchildren are Cheryl (Brent) Olberg, Jeff Crozier, Dan (Nicole) Crozier, Alana (Damien)
Detcheverry, Crystal (Darcey) Grimard, Mark McKay, Maddie Engel (Mike Watt), Alex Engel
(Drew Friesen), Abby Crozier (Travis Soare). The great grandchildren are Ashley and Allison
Olberg, Shae (Evan), Courtney, Alexis, Brooklyn and Tianna Grimard, Ray, Olive and Ivy Crozier,
and Chloe and Max Detcheverry.
Ray grew up in Birch Hills where his parents owned and operated Crozier’s Lockers and Meats.
After high school he attended a year of college studying engineering then trained as a pilot
during WWII. The war ended before he was sent overseas. Ray went to work with his folks for a
few years when he met and married Claire. Later, with three of the eventual five kids in tow,
they moved to Regina where he worked as a draftsperson. Ray continued his education via night
classes and spent the remainder of his career as a community planner in Regina, Saskatoon and
During the last decade of his career, Ray was Director of the Department of Northern
Saskatchewan (DNS) in Prince Albert. He often described his colleagues as a team of fantastic
and talented people who made his job easy. Visiting the office was always a pleasant
Ray had an expansive array of interests with the talent to pursue them all. He was a
perfectionist that resulted in high quality work regardless of the enterprise he tackled. In his
younger years he enjoyed fishing for trout, flying his Cessnas, bowling, and building train sets
and model airplanes. Later he retired in Birch Hills and added golfing, curling and the “farm of
many hobbies” to his ventures.
Over the years, Ray eagerly helped many of us with home renos and projects and produced
beautifully crafted gifts. We all have precious memories of working alongside him building,
repairing or cultivating something. And we all have a storehouse of funny stories to reminisce.
Ray loved to chat. A lot. With everyone and anywhere. He is remembered for his easy going and
friendly manner. He was happiest when surrounded by his family and was affectionate and
gentle. Be at peace Dad. Say hi to Mom and Marion. We love you!
Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Check the website mackenziechapel.ca in the
Spring of 2022 for future details
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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Walter Raymond Crozier Sunday December 19th 2021..
Death notice for the town of: Prince-Albert,, Province: Saskatchewan
My condolences to you, Ray’s family. I worked with Ray for DNS in Saskatoon. We were a small crew of 3 at the time, but I fondly remember Ray as one of my favourite managers in my career. He was friendly and encouraging, and we had many laughs. Through Ray, I met Claire. They were such a joyful couple and I’m sad to read that she too passed a number of years ago. I rejoice that they are together again.