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COLIN EDWARD HENRY CRAWFORD (published on March 20, 2010)



COLIN EDWARD HENRY CRAWFORD The family of Colin Crawford sadly announces his passing on March 16, 2010. Dad was predeceased by his dear wife Laura in 2000. He is survived by his children Lawrie (James) and Kerry (Karen), stepchildren Gimalle (Rael) and Brian (Lee Ann), grandchildren Anna, Danny, Caroline, Graeme and Alex, and sister Bonnie Neil. His older sister Joan Axford predeceased him in 1997. Dad was born in Winnipeg to Edward and Elizabeth Crawford in 1933. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with two degrees, Commerce in 1954 and Law in 1959. He practiced law with his father at Crawford Crawford in Winnipeg before moving to Calgary in 1969. He spent most of the 1970s negotiating deals for Dome Petroleum. He was fearless in his attachments, marrying many and embarking on a variety of adventures including the St. James Canadians hockey club, Rainbow Stage, farming in Headingly, MB, and operating a fishing lodge on the British Columbia coast. In 1979 Dad began a quieter period as a restaurateur, starting with steak and pizza in N.E. Calgary followed by a Dairy Queen. In 1993 he married the love of his life, Laura and together they built the successful D.Q. enterprise in Airdrie. Dad recognized the need for franchisees to have a negotiating voice and founded CDQ Canada, a cooperative for Dairy Queen franchisees in 1992. Dad was a skilled duplicate bridge player, continually clipping articles about the newest conventions. As a life master he travelled to tournaments across Western Canada and the States. He was a pleasure to partner with as long as you played fast. Dad eschewed honours and recognition. He practiced an inordinate amount of fairness with a combination of intellect and strategy. He subjected many to teasing with his subtle, but astute humour. Dad will join Laura on her memorial bench on the edge of the Bow River, near Shaganappi and Parkdale Blvd. N.W., so a seat will always be available for a meditative sitting or conversation (look for big tree with a large broken limb). A small gathering will be held for family members and close friends. Dad's condition was rare and complex and we thank those who persevered with his care. Our family wants to thank the palliative home care team of Nishma and Deb who worked hard to understand and mitigate dad's illness. As well, thanks go out to the staff of Foothills Hospital, Garrison Green, Chinook Hospice and Fosters Funeral Home who made a difficult time easier. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca. FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME CREMATORIUM 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2M 3A5 Telephone: 403-297-0888 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial


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