It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Elwood Crockford by natural causes on Wednesday January 16, 2019 at age 95.
Cherished son of the late Ethel (nee Kaye) and Robert Crockford. Dear brother of Velma, Mildred, Laura, Aubrey, Bessie, Helen, Lorne, June and Sylvia. Special uncle of Robert, James, Linda, Karen, Sandra, David, Phillip, Paul, Deborah, Pamela, Craig, Donna, Debbie, Richard, Lana, Vince, Kelly, Steven, Geoffrey and Steven, Dianne, Margaret, Barbara and Susie.
Elwood is survived by the love of his life and wife of 70 years Florence (nee Feasey) Crockford. Beloved father of June (Phil Rowe), Roger (predeceased by Catherine nee Rheault) (Benita Dellelce), Shari (Dave Lalonde), Gail Jeanveau, Patricia (Kelly Cresswell) and Mark.
Proud grandfather of Shannon (Ashleigh), Cindy (and Paddywhack), Jenny, Adam (Sally), Melanie (Chris), Michael, Jill (Kim), Shane (Mandi), Anne, Sarah, and Gregory (Sarah). Proud great grandfather of Caleigh (and Bubbles the Bird), Taylor, Jessica (Grandpa Smartie), Jacob, Aubrey, Mason, Wyatt, Colt, Lyera, Eastyn, Hart Zachary (predeceased), and an upcoming baby boy Isaac.
Elwood was born in Orillia in 1923, grew up in Latchford and Bracebridge, then met and married Florence in Toronto on October 23, 1948. In 1949 the newlyweds moved to Minnow Lake where he built the family home and was very proud to have been one of the longest residents and longest married couples in Minnow Lake. In 1950 Elwood became a proud United Steelworkers Local 6500 member and Union Steward and worked over 60 years of his life spending 41 years with Inco and Burns/Securitas until retiring due to open heart surgery at age 85. Elwood lived a life of integrity, honesty and generosity and for decades attended and took care of Hillside Presbyterian Church. Firmly believing in paying it forward he snow plowed Hillside Church and neighbourhood driveways for free with his prized self customized 1951 Ford tractor. Having endured the hard times of The Great Depression he learned to build and fix anything and almost nothing was discarded until it was repurposed at least once. In his prime he was a master woodworker and in 1970 built the new pulpit for Hillside Church who relocated the pulpit to Finlandia Village after the church closed. In his free time he was an avid gardener and took great pride in turning a seed into feed and sharing his harvest with family, friends, coworkers and neighbours. He was a country music fan long before it became popular and loved singing and playing his 1967 J45 Gibson guitar. In his later years it was common for him being the oldest person in a room or store the second that he entered it. Elwood also had an extreme sweet tooth, a keen sense of humour, adored pets and leaves behind his two beloved pit bulls Wittle and Little.
The Crockford family extends heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Paul Gibb, Roxanne McGrath, Victoria, Dorothy, Crystal and Jennifer for your compassionate, professional and dedicated caregiving. Special thanks to the Pharmacy team at Minnow Lake Rexall and to all firefighters, ambulance crews and hospital staff who befriended and cared for our father over the past 10 years. Our father was a man of faith and we thank Pastor Kevin Parks for providing comfort, prayers and support.
At our father’s request there will be no funeral service and cremation has taken place by Simple Wishes. In his memory our family asks that you love every day and love everyone, as he did.
Dad: we love you, we miss you, and never will we forget your wonderful wit and caring heart. As your heavenly journey begins we bid you a fond farewell to sing among the stars and rest in God’s abiding and loving home above. “Yea though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.