Rev. Dr. Peter Praamsma


Rev. Dr. Peter Praamsma


With sadness we announce the passing of Rev. Dr. Peter Praamsma at Cornwall Hospice on November 5, 2014. 

Beloved husband of Christine Martell (nee:Blok), son of the late Wietse and Elizabeth (nee:Soeting) Praamsma, father of Naomi (Franck) and Andrew (Barry),  stepfather to Susan Jane (Peter), Ian (Debbie), Heather (Kevin), Michelle (Rick), Daniel (Lucinda) and Tim (Heather), as well as uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and beloved brother of  Auke (Cathy), Hilde (Eddy), Augustina (Arend), Sannie (Nico), and Lucy (Jim). 

Peter was first married to Elizabeth Faulkner until 1982. In 1987, he married Reeta L. Cooper (nee: Reeta L. Langley who predeceased him in March, 2008) and in June 2009, he married Christine.

A resident of Morrisburg since 1987, Peter was born in the Netherlands, and in early 1954 came with his family to Hamilton, Ontario. While working in Stelco’s steel mills and attending church youth groups, Peter felt drawn to Christian ministry and in 1960 started the preparation that led to ordination in the United Church in 1967. 

Peter received his B.A. (1964) from Hope College in Holland, Mi., his B.D. (1967) from McGill University and his M.Div degree from United Theological College, Montreal. 

A continuing education enthusiast, he received an M.A. (1971) from Ottawa University and his Doctor of Ministry (1988) from Drew University’s Theological School in Madison, NJ. 

Peter served churches in: Gagnon, QC, Fitzroy Harbour, ON; First United in Waterloo, ON; Trinity in Cobourg, ON; Rothwell United, Ottawa, ON (1976 to 1987); Glengarry (part-time with the Rev. Al Rose, 1994 to 1997), and an interim ministry at Trinity United in Chesterville ON, in 2006-7.

Peter was much involved in pastoral care and counselling with the sick and disabled. In 1981, he chaired the Ottawa Committee for the International Year of the Disabled, and completed its task with an ecumenical celebration on Parliament Hill attended by the Governor General.

His book reviews and brief reflections were published in ecumenical ministry journals such as the Christian Ministry and the Clergy Journal. He also published a book of meditations titled A Different Drummer (1986) and the research and assessment tool, Your Pastoral Care Profile.

From August 1987 to September 2000, Peter was interfaith chaplain at the Cornwall General Hospital and much involved in spiritual care training, palliative care, and as a counsellor and group therapist in mental health. 

Besides gardening, piano playing and reading, Peter enjoyed being a part of the Seaway Valley Singers. He was an avid sailor and could often be spotted on the St. Lawrence, especially with his favourite first mate, grand-daughter, Lindsay. 

Sadly missed by his family and friends, his ashes will be placed at the Columbarium in the Iroquois United Church Cemetery (near the Locks). Friends will be received at the Parker Funeral Home, 28 Sir James Morris Drive, Morrisburg on Wednesday from 7-9- p.m.  

A memorial service, led by Rev. Janet Evans, will be held at Lakeshore Drive United Church, Morrisburg on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. with a reception after the service. 

Donations either to cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital or Cornwall Hospice are much appreciated. Condolences may be left at


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