Ross Funeral Service


Wayne Crawford

April 6, 1948November 4, 2020

Wayne Crawford

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Wayne Joseph Crawford, on November 4th, 2020 on his family ranch, at the age of 72. He was born on April 6th, 1948 in Willow Bunch, SK. The son of Arthur & Helena Crawford, he was raised on the family ranch southeast of Willow Bunch.

He was predeceased by his parents Arthur & Helena, younger brother Neil, brother-in-law Leo Lesperance, father-in-law Glen Kirby, mother-in-law Eileen Kirby and many other family and friends.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 47 years, Caroline (Kirby), and his children Shawn (Tina), Kerri (Terry (deceased), Tyson (Lisa); grandchildren: Jessica (Gavin), Dante (Callie), Desmond, Ryder, Ethan, Presley, Talin, Nevaeh, and great-grandchildren, Hadley and Vayden; his sisters Marilyn (Daniel), Lea (Bill), Kathy (Albert) as well as numerous other relatives, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Wayne married Caroline Kirby on February 24th, 1973 in Coronach, SK. Caroline moved onto the family ranch and together they worked for many years and raised their children. Wayne took great pride in everything he did, but his ranch, horses and cattle were one of his greatest joys along with his special ranch hands, his dogs. Other than ranching Wayne did many things, including working on the Oil Rigs in the North West Territories and obtaining his pilot license.

In May of 1974, Wayne and Caroline welcomed their first child Shawn, two years later in May of 1976 they welcomed into the world their daughter Kerri, and eight years later in January of 1984 they welcomed their last child Tyson. Together as a family they enjoyed many trips and working on the ranch.

Wayne was very active in the Clydesdale Saddle Club for 20 years, in his earlier years he enjoyed roping, raising steers, and being present at any rodeo events he could be, especially to cheer on his son Tyson and granddaughter Jessica. Travelling far and near to watch his sons, and grandsons play hockey and any other sport they were involved in. Wayne and Caroline also travelled every year for 25 years to Edmonton for the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

In August of 1994, the first grandchild was born. Nothing in his life made him more proud or brought him greater joy than being a grandfather and great-grandfather. His grandchildren were his world, he would travel hours to spend a weekend or watch them play sports. He spoke of all of his grandchildren to anyone that would listen, they truly were his pride and joy.

Wayne was known by all that knew him as someone who was a dedicated, loyal and faithful friend who loved to share his stories and make people laugh. He was someone who you could call on at any time of day if you needed a helping hand. He was a true cowboy.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family funeral will be held on November 12th, 2020 at St. Ignace R.C. Church in Willow Bunch, SK. Honourary pallbearers: Randy Fisher, Neil Montgomery, Darryl Montgomery, Danny Montgomery, Al Gibson, Trevor Gibson, Jason Lemieux, Eric Lemieux and Paul Giraudier. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia, SK. An online book of condolences may be signed at

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Roger Lesperance

November 12, 2020

I worked for Wayne and Caroline when I was fresh out of school. Wayne taught me the true meaning of hard work. One story I can still remember is that Wayne always liked his team of horses (Dona and Della) it was winter and he always had to feed with the team when I could never understand why he would not use his 4 wheel drive truck with a heater in it. He was a real horseman . Wayne you will be deeply missed

Sandra Otterson

November 12, 2020

Thoughts are with you Caroline and to your family. Take care of each other.
Sandra and Murray Otterson

Perry Jones

November 12, 2020

So sad to hear of Wayne , that picture of him says it all a humble happy going cowboy in his element with his hat on having a cold beer after working with his pride and joy . Will miss you buddy, hope to see you on the other side.

Victoria and Ken Gair

November 11, 2020

Victoria (nee Rivard) always looked on Wayne as one of her babies, as she used to babysit him and Marilyn when the younger ones were born, He stopped in to visit us in Redcliff just a few weeks ago and told her that because of that she was partly responsible for the way he turned out. That made her proud. I remember him as an extremely gracious host the few t imes we visited the ranch in later years; he spent whole days touring us around and pointing out all the landmarks - Jim Higgins' coal mine, Pat St. Denis's place , where the roads used to run. We'll miss him whenever we think of those coulees. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with all his family

Louis and Carleen Desautels

November 11, 2020

Our sympathies and condolences to Caroline and the entire Crawford family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Growing up with Wayne there was never a dull moment he was funny, tough as nails, one of the best cattlemen you'll ever meet and a true cowboy. I have many Wayne stories like the time in high school we were having a few pops south of WB and he decided to climb that tower! Or years later when he asked me what I thought of using cattle penicillin on people.. I asked why.. he said that when he wasn't feeling well he would give himself 5cc in the arm.. I mentioned that it wasn't formulated for use in people... he laughed and said yeah it really stings no wonder those calves jump around! That's the Wayne I'll always remember.

Glen & Margaret Kupper

November 10, 2020

Deepest sympathy to Caroline and family in the loss of this wonderful man.

Glen & Margaret Kupper

Tim Hammel

November 10, 2020

Wayne always had words of wisdom and a story that got everyone laughing. When he used to have roping cattle they were crazy wild. They would kick the horses and put the run on anything close, someone asked him once where do you find cattle like that and Wayne said you can’t find them like that you have to raise them. He was tough to the core and a real cowboy.

Laverne Foley

November 10, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Caroline and her family. So sad when a loved one dies before their time.
We will be with you in prayerful thoughts during this time,, even though we can’t be there in person.
Bless you and your family. We will never forget his laugh and his sense of humour!

Emile Desautels

November 10, 2020

Once a friend always a friend, Wayne and I made a lot miles in our younger days from school to 4H to the saw mills in bc. We had some good laughs, lots of fun and a head full of treasured memories. Can't thank you enough for being a real friend.

Todd Gosselin

November 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family.

I remember the time that Wayne took myself and my father on a journey around the farmland so I could take some pictures for my students in Japan. I always remembered Wayne as a hardworking man, so it was extra special for me that he took the time out of his busy schedule to drive us around to see the sights of the lovely landscape. A memory I shall cherish forever.

Todd Gosselin.


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