Frederick William Crickard Rear-Admiral OMM, CD, RCN (Ret'd)

November 28, 1930July 21, 2012

Crickard, Frederick William, Rear-Admiral, OMM, CD, RCN (Ret’d) - 81, passed away peacefully at the Halifax Infirmary, on Saturday July 21st, with family at his side. Born in Vancouver in 1930, he was the only son of the late Frederick and Carrie (Robson) Crickard. Growing up, he attended St. George’s School in Vancouver, and then the Canadian Services College, Royal Roads in Victoria, from 1948-1950. In 1950, following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Navy. In 1955, he specialized as a gunnery officer in HMS Excellent, Portsmouth, England. During his career, he served ashore and at sea, on both Canadian coasts, and was given command of three Canadian ships: HMCS Sussexvale (1965-66); HMCS Fraser (1968-1969); HMCS Provider (1972-1974). In 1971, he received his BA in Political Science from Dalhousie University. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit in 1979. His final naval appointment was in 1983, as Deputy Commander of Maritime Command, and in 1985, he retired from the Navy. Still very interested in naval matters, he joined the Supplementary Reserve and began to speak and write on defence policy issues. In 1988, he became a member of the National Board of Directors of the Naval Officer’s Association of Canada (NOAC), and was elected National President in 1995. He received a Masters Degree in Political Science (International Relations), in 1993 from Dalhousie University, and joined the Faculty of Dalhousie University as Research Associate with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, speaking and publishing on Maritime Security and Oceans Policy issues, from 1988 until his retirement in 1996. Fred was an avid reader, a great listener of music, an outdoor enthusiast, and a true gentleman. In the 1940’s, he began mountain climbing with his father and friends around Vancouver, which led to climbing expeditions in the Yukon (St. Elias range) and in New Zealand (Mt. Cook), in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Devoted husband of 49 years to Margaret (Henderson) Crickard. Dear-hearted father to Nancy. Much loved Grandpa of Anya and Tasha. Caring father-in-law to David Munro and Uncle to Scott, John, and David Aikman, and to Anne (Aikman) Quimby. Loyal friend to many. Predeceased by his only sister, Helen (Robson) Aikman. He will be fondly remembered by all. Grateful thanks to Dr. O’Brien, Dr. Kim, and the nurses and staff at the Halifax Infirmary. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, September 14th, 2pm, at St. Brendan’s Naval Chapel, Stadacona. Burial of his ashes at sea, will take place at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations in his memory, if desired, may be made to The Mission to Seafarers Halifax, or to the Maritime Awards Society of Canada, Victoria, B.C. To view or place an online message of condolence, please visit


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Frederick William Crickard Rear-Admiral OMM, CD, RCN (Ret'd)

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Franklin Vanderheide

January 4, 2013

Admiral Crickard will be surely missed by all. I first met him in 1979 and will always hold him in high regard.His service and dedication to always getting the job done is an example for all. My most sincere condolences to his wife & family.

Mary Anne Hopkins

September 17, 2012

Nancy, your dad was a truly special man. Kind, gentle and patient; and a wonderful listener - he always made me feel that what I said was important, even when I was just a child; I cherish my childhood memories of you and your family.

Glen Herbert

August 27, 2012

Dear Margaret and Nancy,

I am very sorry to hear about Fred's passing. I have fond memories of my time working with Fred at Dalhousie University. I have always held him in the highest regard as a professional and as a friend. He was a fine man and will be missed by many. "Yours aye"

Art Moore

August 17, 2012

rest in peace new him also from the fraser..

Marilyn Langille

August 13, 2012

Dear Fred he was truly a great guy and lots of fun. He had such passion and energy and lit up Dalhousie's Foreign Policy Centre. Few come along like Fred. Rest in Peace Fred. Marilyn Langille

Rick Chapman

August 11, 2012

Commander Crickard (as I knew him) was my last sea going CO on HMCS Fraser...I knew him as a great sailor, a very resprcted and fair Commanding Officer and a gentleman...I would loved to have had the opportunity to share a coffee and sea stories...

James Mellon

August 10, 2012

I met Admiral Crickard at Dalhousie. My sympathies on your loss.

August 10, 2012

We both were so sorry to hear of Fred's passing.A lovely man although we saw him only occasionally but always loved to share a word with him as he walked Drew's Hill with his beloved friend.Sad to realize he is gone.Please accept our deepest sympathy to you all.
Dick and Megan Girouard

Kelly McInnis

August 9, 2012

Mrs Crickard, Nancy and Family

Mr.Crickard was such a wonderful man, always had a smile on his face, a pleasure to see him coming in with his beloved Ben or dropping in the clinic to pick up something. I so appreciate your call Nancy, it was so thoughtful in your time of sorrow. My thoughts are with you and Mrs.Crickard. Dr. Kelly McInnis

Krista Wuerr

August 2, 2012

Margaret, Nancy & Family,

I was saddened to hear of Fred's passing. I felt I had lost a piece of our youth. I was a friend and teamate of Nancy's during my youth. I remember Fred skiing on the trails at Maskwa, while we practiced ourselves. He was very supportive of our skiing, and was an example for us. I always felt welcome in the Crickard home. Fred was a gentleman and a mentor. He was always interested in our endeavours and was a great listener of our stories. He contributed to my youth positively and for that I will be forever grateful. I view Fred's legacy as a contributor to youth and I hope to be able to carry that forward in some way.


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