Clarence Patterson Crawford
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Clarence Patterson Crawford. Dad passed away at home in 16 Mile, BC on December 25, 2012.
Born May 4, 1934, the oldest son to Thomas and Eva Crawford at the first Red Cross hospital in Canada at Paddockwood, SK.
Clarence had six full brothers, five half-brothers and one half sister. He came to BC in in 1956 where he met and married Audrey, his wife of 55 years. They married August 30, 1957. Audrey passed away November 27, 2012. Together they raised five children. Lester, Terry (Norman), Joan(Randy), Bonnie (Brad) and Dennis. They were blessed with twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Clarence always had special tall tale to tell and a pocket full of candy and gum for the grandchildren. Time spent with grandpa was always fun. He will hold a special place in their hearts.
Over the years dad worked many different jobs, before Mom and Dad married he worked for Husky Oil in the oil patch at Drayton Valley. After they married he worked for Van Campbell driving forklift at the lumber mill at the far end of Loon Lake. Other jobs were as a ranch hand at Bender Ranch south of Ashcroft and working for Dyke Anderson driving cat, building roads. Dad bought his first truck in 1959 from Van Campbell and hauled lumber in partnership with Carter Singh. He traded that truck in and bought his first logging truck with the help of Art and Madge Nontel in the early 1970’s. Dad hauled logs to Savona and Lillooet until he retired. He bought a new logging truck every two years; it was always an exciting day when the shiny new truck pulled into the yard. After retiring in 1995, Clarence and Audrey enjoyed life at their home and farm in 16 Mile where the coffee was always on and visitors were always welcome to catch up on the current news. Their favourite pastime was spending Saturdays at garage sales finding the best deals and treasures and there were many! They enjoyed seeing old friends and acquaintances on these outings.
Over the years they made many special friends, their chosen family. The Bouck’s, Rusty, Carol and Cassidy. The Kiley family, just to name a few. Clarence will be logging somewhere with some that went before him, Art and Madge Nontel, his good friend Donald Stuart, who he missed dearly and many others.
We would like to thank the many medical personnel, doctors and nurses, Vitalaire and homecare that helped make his final journey a little easier. Also the people who jumped in any time they were called to help out in so many ways. Without your help he could not have carried out his final days at home and that was very important to him. It was his wish to go looking out his own damned window and he did.
May he once again breathe easier…until we meet again. A Celebration Of Life Service for Clarence will be held at a later date.
Thompson Valley Funeral Home Ashcroft entrusted with arrangements.