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Cedric Cyrano Crowell Jr.
March 23, 1934 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Cedric Cyrano Crowell Jr. was born March 23, 1934, to the late Cedric Cyrano Crowell Sr. and Elva Bagley in Saginaw, Michigan, he was one of three children. Cedric later moved to Portland, Oregon with his family and attended Benson Polytechnic High School where he excelled in sports, especially football. Instead of attending college to play football, he began his life of work and raising a family. Cedric worked for several meat packing plants throughout the years, ending his working career at Western Boxed Meat.
Cedric raised two beautiful daughters from a previous marriage before meeting and marrying Willie Hamilton in 1960, along with her son, they raised a total of six children, three sons and three daughters.
Besides the love of his wife Willie and his family, there were several things he loved as well, sports, fishing, movies, dominoes and the church. Cedric was raised in Hughes Memorial Methodist Church where his uncle Albert was a member and a big influence in his life. He attended until he was no longer physically able.
His love for sports provided an outlet to coach football and basketball for the North Portland Boys Club where he coached and served the community for many years. He also coached both girls’ and boys’ basketball teams at Beach elementary school where his children attended, for all students in the neighborhood picking them up (The Notorious Orange Van), feeding them and often providing clothing when necessary. His next love was fishing, which he did every available opportunity when he wasn’t coaching. Fishing was his thing, we all learned and spent many, many hours on the fishing bank (we ate a lot of fish). Cedric loved to travel to Alaska to catch Salmon and Halibut. It was on a fishing boat in Alaska where his brotherhood with one of his best friends Papa John began.
Cedric also enjoyed camping with family and a few travels abroad. He believed that everyone should travel outside of the states at least once in their lifetime.
Cedric loved his family, he supported all their activities along with his grandkids as long as he was able to drive, you’d see him in his little red van with his dog making his rounds of visits or to games.
His parents Cedric Cyrano Crowell Sr. and Elva Bagley, wife Willie Crowell, sisters Evie Crowell, Roxie Bagley and daughter Deborah Crowell preceded him in death.
Cedric leaves to cherish his precious memories, his children Denise Pouncil, Ray Smith, Anthony Crowell (Celina), Cherie Davis (Willie), Landon Crowell, along with his
grandkids (Nicole, Sharrell, Sean, Brittney, Tony, Antonio, Cedric, Lexi, and Kennedy) as well as his great grandchildren, along with a host of other nieces, nephews, and many relatives and friends.