×

Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel

75 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON

OBITUARY

Pete Cameron

September 16, 1928September 5, 2019

Passed away on September 5th, 2019 at the age of 90.

Devoted husband of 67 years to Velma. Loving father of Kenneth (Christine), Peter, Karen (Rob) Rotz, and Lori. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren; Brooklin, Cameron (Dana), Kenny, Danielle, Laura (Jesse), Sarah, and great-granddaughters; London and Aspen.

Pete was employed at TRW and was President of Thompson Products Old Guard in 1970 and 71. In 1993, he was inducted into the St. Catharines “Athlete” Sports Hall of Fame. He played in many sports but excelled in basketball and fastball. In 1999, he was named as #20 of the city’s top 100 athletes in the “Century In Review” publication. In 2012, he was inducted into Thorold’s Runway of Recognition as a member of the 1948 Holy Rosary Parish junior softball team that won the Ontario Junior “B” championship.

He judged horse shows, ran clinics and made speeches all over North America for 60 years. He was inducted into the Arabian Horse Association Judges Hall of Fame, the Ontario Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, the Arabian Horse Association of Southern California Hall of Fame, and the Can-Am Equine Emporium Walk of Fame. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arabian Professional & Amateur Horse Association and inducted into their Hall of Fame. He received a Life Membership from The Western Horse Association, an Honourary Life Membership from the Arabian Horse Association of Eastern Canada and a “People Make A Difference” Award from the Ontario Equestrian Federation. In 2019, at the end of his judging career, he was honoured by the Arabian Horse Association to have a perpetual annual “Pete Cameron Award” bronze trophy created to be presented each year to an elected judge or steward.

Before his health failed, he enjoyed working around his yard and in 2004, he was one of the city’s recipients of a Trillium Award for Civic beautification. He received a Good Will Ambassador Award from the City of St. Catharines in 1988 and a Mayor’s Award of Merit in 1993.

He was an inspiration to many and to quote some of the incredible comments from the Horse World… “May he rest in peace among the great horses and horsemen who have gone before him.” “An End of an Era.”

With respect to his request, there will be no visiting, service or memorial. Cremation has taken place through Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel (St. Catharines – 905-684-6346). In honour of Pete, if the opportunity presents itself, please help to support a child in need to participate in a local sport. Online tributes and memories may be shared at www.hulseandenglish.com.

Services

  • No Formal Services

Memories

Pete Cameron

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Roger Young

September 13, 2019

60-odd years ago, my Dad bought a farm where my sisters and I rode and began to show horses in local 'western' shows. Even then, a young Pete Cameron was a notable personality - trainer, participant, all-round major figure and excellent judge of horses. We had pretty ordinary, non-reg'd stock and only very basic equipment. No matter; Pete helped, and encouraged us to try. His inspiration later led me to breed/show my own AQHA stock. Pete left lasting lessons with our family, and warm memories. Some of this came about when he spent a summer working at our farm while on temporary lay-off from his job at the auto parts factory. What a delight for us as teenagers, and especially for me, to work alongside. Pete went on to great fame in the Arabian horse world. We didn't often cross paths, but we sure enjoyed hearing of his prowess. It was a true pleasure to make contact again a few years ago and catch up on events of the intervening years - stories to share and a few laughs to enjoy.

Pete, it was a honour to know you, and to have shared a few great times. If any other person could live as long as you, make just one-tenth the number of friends, and gain even one-twentieth the respect that you have, it will have been a life truly blessed. RIP friend; you deserve it. Our grateful Thanks, and sincerest condolences to your family.

Helgrit Hepner

September 10, 2019

I had a wonderful conversation with Peter in the spring.
My condolences to the family

Barbara Patterson

September 10, 2019

I showed under Pete Cameron in the late 1980s in Tucson. My gelding didn’t have a throat latch on his halter class. Pete took the shoe lace of his shoe and put on my horse as a throat latch so he could place my horse in the class. I got a third. He always loved my friend’s stallion Cinco Grande! Rest In Peace Pete Cameron.

Barb Patterson

Tina Baxter

September 9, 2019

Mr. Cameron was the judge at the very first Class A show in which I showed my late gelding back in 1988. I was excited and nervous. Had I shown under any other judge, I'm not sure I would have kept showing! However, Mr. Cameron's kindness, encouragement, and humor made such an impression on me that I was truly hooked on showing, at least for a time. I never met a single person who had anything but praise for him! Mr. Cameron was a knowledgeable and fair judge who contributed so much to the Arabian horse world and he will be greatly missed.

Gillian Delledonne

September 9, 2019

Worked at TRW many years ago and without a doubt, he was one of the nicest men I have ever met. Polite, honourable, and constantly in motion, he always helped in whatever way possible.

Stephie Hahn Grant

September 9, 2019

Peter,
Was a wonderful judge. We has the great pleasure and privilege to show halter on several occasions at shows where he was judging.

He was always kind, friendly, and a fair individual.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

God Bless Peter!



Sandi Burrows

September 8, 2019

There will be hundreds of dogs waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for Peter to get a treat. A true gentleman who loved life. He will be missed by all those that had the pleasure of knowing him. Especially our little Pumpkin.

Linda Haag

September 8, 2019

So remember Peter for his honesty, fairness and kindness to the exhibitors. Many years ago, my husband was showing our Arabian stallion for the first time in Milwaukee. Chuck and the horse were both nervous and our stallion tried to crawl in my husband's pocket much to his frusration. Peter took the time to talk to Chuck and ease the situation. Peter was a gentleman who truly cared about the breed and exhibitors. He left a legacy. We still have Arabian horses. We need more people like Peter Cameron. My condolences on your, (all of our) loss.

Andy Bailey

September 8, 2019

Mr. Cameron was gracious enough to judge an open horse show at the University of Maine (Orono) in 1973 or 1974. My first ever horse show, and I was in awe that such a prominent figure in the horse world not only judged such a humble affair, but took the time to guide exhibitors who would stop to listen. I got the gate in that first class, but respected him for his judgement and ensuing teachings he gave my wife and I. In the last few years Pete has travelled to Hamburg N.Y. to visit folks at several Arabian shows. As in the beginning, it was a blessing to talk and learn from him. To his family, Thank-You for sharing such a special person with us, we are forever in your debt

Miss Sandra Flammer

September 8, 2019

My life was changed for the better by what I consider his most memorable quote, "I'm looking for reasons to judge the horse, not reasons NOT to judge the horse." I applied that so many times to my own life/circumstances and so I thank him for that wise statement. Thank you, Mr. Cameron, ninety years was still not enough time.

FROM THE FAMILY