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CROMWELL, Larry

November 12, 1939 – Dodge City, Kansas, USA
May 2, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Larry Cromwell, husband, father, grandfather, artist, teacher, and fly-fisherman, left us to be with his creator on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the age of 78 years.

Larry was born on November 12, 1939 to June and Norman Cromwell and was raised in Dodge City, Kansas. As a young boy, he received a good deal of his education and character on the banks of Buckner Creek, one of his favourite fishing spots. His rural roots and rich boyhood experiences combined with a love of the outdoors and of nature served as direction and inspiration for his art. He always expressed his vast creative side through his many art works, and also through his unique sense of humour. He believed in the value of education, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Fort Hayes Kansas State College in 1961. After obtaining his Master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado in 1962, Larry began a teaching career in junior high art in Boise, Idaho, and later taught at Boise State College. Upon completion of a PhD degree at the University of Oregon, he accepted a teaching position at the University of Calgary, where he taught for nearly thirty years. He taught mainly in the areas of drawing and art education, attaining the rank of Professor. During his tenure there, he served as Head of the Department of Art from 1979 until 1982. Larry retired in 1999 with the title Professor Emeritus.

Larry immensely enjoyed working with students and took great pleasure in planning unique and challenging projects and in developing the students’ own creativity.

Left to forever cherish our time with him are his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Rowena Cromwell; son, Mark Cromwell and his wife Patti; daughter, Jennifer Cromwell and her partner Brad; and three grandchildren, Samuel, Caleigh, and Raeghan Cromwell. Larry and Rowena met in high school art class where his quirky sense of humour quickly got Rowena’s attention. They were married in the winter of 1961, and lived in Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon before making the adventurous move to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1971. Larry and Rowena had two children. Mark was born in 1966, and Jennifer in 1968.

After, retirement, Larry was active with the Alberta Society of Artists, and served as Provincial President for a 2-year term. He also continued his role as teacher with many drawing and watercolour workshops, where he was happy to share his enthusiasm and experience with others. Larry pursued many diverse interests. These make a lengthy list, but included hunting, fishing, fly-tying, ’55 Chevies, bird dogs, drums, banjoes, and story-telling. One of his favourite places to be was on the deck of his Crowsnest Pass home, where he would sit for hours at a time appreciating the majestic view. Here, life was good.

Special thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses, residents and students at Foothills Hospital Special Services unit 36.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
With the motivation of Larry’s unique sense of humour and outlook on life, we are asking friends to share any personal stories either by correspondence or by jotting them down in the story books provided at the celebration of life. We very much look forward to hearing them all.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Connect Society, 6240 113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6H 3L2, Telephone: 780-454-9581, https: connectsociety.org/donate/, Inn from the Cold, Suite 104, 110-11th Avenue S.E., Calgary T2G-0X5, telephone 403-263-8384, or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Larry was predeceased by his parents Norman and June Cromwell, and by his younger brother, Ron.
In living memory of Larry Cromwell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Sharon Stauth Placr :

    We are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was such a wonderful artist, and although we had not seen him since Dads funeral. Marks has such great stories to share of the teepee painting. Share all the memories to keep him close in your hearts. Our prayers for you all and the family.

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  2. Kevan Bilton :

    My deepest condolences to family Cromwell. Larry was a strong male figure to me growing up in Bowness with his son Mark as my best friend. No matter how badly we screwed up his garage or Jeep, Larry was quick to forgive and turn it into something to laugh at. Larry your spirit rubbed off on me and I hope that I have passed some of it on to my own kids. Thank you Larry and the rest of you Cromwell’s for being amazing ❤️

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  3. Martinho Correia :

    My sincere condolences. Dr. Cromwell was one of my favourite professors and a hugely positive influence on my life.

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  4. Marla Stauth :

    I am so sorry. I am going to miss Larry. I loved his stories about what he and Dad did when they were growing up. It doesn’t seem like it was really 18 years ago that I was up there visiting you. I enjoyed the trip so much. Painting the tipi was so much fun. Larry called me his “migrant worker from the south”. We drove around the area, painted a lake in watercolor (of course his was better than mine), took a photo of Larry next to a statue that was that spitting image of him. We braved the wind near a wind-farm and I got one decent photo, which is still framed on my mantle. I helped with the lighting design of the cabin…whether or not he used it. I meant to come see the finished product. Time flies…When Larry and Rowena swung thru Colorado on the trip to find the perfect banjo, they stopped for a short visit. We talk occasionally, but not as frequently as we should. It never means you are far from my mind. You are the type of family that I am proud to claim. Love always.

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  5. Richard & Lorna Erickson :

    Richard and I are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. We didn’t know him well but the few times we were in his company he was a delight. I could have listen to his stories all day! I had the privilege of a tour of his and Rowena’s cabin at Burmis and viewed some of his art work and carving. Our hearts go out to Rowena and the rest of Larry’s family at this most difficult time.

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  6. James and Lydia Trevelyan :

    As deeply saddened as we were to hear of Larry’s passing, we are also filled with memories of such a larger than life character. I knew him as a teacher in an Art program that was filled with eccentrics ( as well as a few sociopaths!) Larry was always the solid anchor that brought us back to humanity, to common sense- if sense were eve to be so common. He always found the humorous ironies in any situation and brought us back to reality. He encouraged me as an artist and I will always fondly remember him not only as a great teacher but one as a lifetime friend.
    So long Old Trout!

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  7. Dear Rowena Mark Jennifer
    Our sincere condolences on your loss of Dear Larry, a true gentleman, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Hudon Family

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  8. Kathleen Brooks :

    Dear Rowena and Family,
    Allan and I were very sad to hear of Larry’s passing. We will miss him this summer in the Pass. I first met him 20 years ago when I took one of his plein air watercolour classes at the Kerr Ranch in the Crowsnest Pass. Years later when I mentioned that I hosted a weekly watercolour class for a few of the local ladies and Allan; he invited us all over to his Burmis studio, to give us a watercolour demo. We were thrilled – he was an awesome teacher. A few years ago on a wickedly winter’s day, Allan and I were honoured to attend Rowena and Larry’s shared 75th birthday party, at the Plaza Theatre in Calgary. We spent the afternoon eating sandwiches, birthday cake, and 5¢ popcorn while watching old John Wayne movies – he was a guy that knew how to have fun! Recently during lunch at their Burmis home, we realized that we shared a love of Navaho rugs, and he generously lent us rare books from his collection. We will miss his generosity and genteelly manner, and hope we will spend some time with Rowena in the Pass.

    Allan and Kathleen Brooks

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  9. Raymonde Motil :

    John and Raymonde Motil
    May 7, 2018, California

    Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Larry. We met only a few years ago and our paths crossed only occasionally in the Crowsnest Pass. The brief encounters were always most pleasant and enjoyable. He was the type of person we would have loved to have the privilege of calling a friend.

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  10. Rowena,

    I was saddened to hear of Larry’s passing or as he might have said “I got out of Dodge”. I have so many fond memories of him and remember his good humor and generosity when we both taught at the U of C. He was a breath of fresh air in the sometimes chaotic atmosphere of academia. I would come to the memorial later this month but I will be in China but my thoughts will be on him and my condolences go out to you and the kids.

    John Will

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  11. So so sorry for the loss of your dear Dad , Jennifer. Although I never met your family, over the many years working with you , in some small way I felt I did. You always talked so highly of your parents and always admired that about you. Especially the stories of there get away, always made me curious of what it was like there, beautiful I’m sure. My heart goes out to you and your family Jen, God bless you all.

    Deb Kelly

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  12. Marisha Lone :

    Dearest Jennifer,
    My heart breaks for you and your family at the loss of your precious Dad. I know how tough it is to lose our dad’s. I am sending you the biggest hug, ever!!! I pray for peace and comfort to be by your sides at this time of grieving.

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  13. Terry and Sharon Allen :

    To the Cromwell Family, we are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, please accept our sincerest condolences.

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  14. Dear Rowena
    We are very sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. We send our condolences to you and your family.
    Glen and Lois Mumey

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  15. MAX HILGERS :

    REST IN PEACE LARRY, YOU WAS MY FISHING BUDDY WHEN WE WAS YOUNG. I STILL CAN REMEMBER ONE TIME AT BUCKNER CREEK YOU LET ME USE YOUR FLY ROD, AND I HOOKED THE BIGGEST FISH I EVER HOOKED. AND YOU IN THE BACK GROUND YELLING DON’NT BREAK MY FLY ROD. I HAD ONLY USE A CANE POLE BEFORE. I DID LAND THE FISH AND FLY ROD WAS OK. MAY YOU CATCH A BIG ONE ON THE OTHER SIDE…..

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  16. Carlee Vieux :

    Dear Rowena and Family,
    I have been thinking of you this past week and thinking I should call. Now, I know why. I am so saddened by this news. Of some comfort is the thought that Larry is no longer struggling with his health issues. I have such good memories of Mom’s and my trips to Canada in ’10 and ’11. I know your hearts are broken. My prayers are with you. Love, Cousin Carlee Vieux

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  17. Claudette and Randy :

    Rowena, we are so saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to you and your family.

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  18. Al and Vena Kober :

    “for I was hungry and you gave me to eat” When we were homeless, you took us in.

    Dear Rowena and family,
    When we moved to Idaho with our 3 1/2 kids, we stayed with you for 6 weeks, until we could get into a house. You emptied your garage so we could unload the U-haul, moved baby Jennifer to your room and added cots to Mark’s room for our kids, loaned me maternity clothes, and shared everything you had with us. You also taught us to catch trout, pronounce “Kootenai”, and eat crab, always with a sense of humor. We will be forever grateful for your kindness and 60 years of friendship.

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  19. cheryl welsh :

    Rowena – our heart felt condolences Larry and his stories will be missed. Burmis will not be the same without him. your neighbors Cam and Cheryl.

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  20. Marnee Cebula :

    Dear Jennifer and Family,

    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. My heartfelt condolences. I know how close you were to your father and what an influence he had on your life. Please extend my sympathy to your mom and and the rest of your family.

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  21. Daniel Mato :

    Dear Rowena, Mark and PAtti,
    Larry was a good friend and over the years I appreciated his good works as a colleague and as a person. We still have one of his ‘Trout’ carvings that holds even more meaning today. We remember the days as friends and colleagues and wish you all the very best.

    Dan and Sandra Mato

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  22. Bill and Mary Funk :

    Our sincere and deep sympathy goes out to you and your wonderful family Rowena. We enjoyed being around Larry and hearing his knowledge on many and any subject in our conversations. It was a “lesson” being taught! May it give you comfort and peace knowing Larry is no longer suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you.

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  23. Bruce O’Neil :

    Dear Rowena,
    Larry was a great guy. I always enjoyed
    his company and our conversations
    about his ‘55 Chevy.
    Best wishes to you and your family at this
    difficult time.
    Bruce O’Neil

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  24. Robert Kelly & Family :

    Rowena, Mark, Jennifer and families – We are so sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. He was such a great mentor and friend. He always had great advice for me and I learned so much from him. He was such a joy to partner with in our numerous Rocky Mountain Watercolour Workshops over the years where he was the quintessential teacher and storyteller. He inspired so many in so many ways and always in the most fun and enjoyable manner. I am smiling as I write this thinking about how much we all laughed and enjoyed learning to paint with Larry in the room. I am so thankful and honoured to have had Larry as a mentor and friend over the years. Our thoughts are certainly with all of you during this time. Take care.

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