First Memorial Funeral Services Kamloops

8-177 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, BC


Donald McKenzie Richards Crawford

October 27, 1925April 25, 2020

Richard Crawford passed away on April 25, 2020 in Royal Inland Hospital. His is predeceased by his parents Robert and Kathleen; Brothers Bill, Ralph, Jim and Kelvin, his sister Fern and his wife of 71 years Merle Jane Wilton. He was born in Killarney Manitoba on October 27, 1925. His full name was Donald McKenzie Richards Crawford -He grew up in a small prairie town and was the 4th of 9 children. He left home to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. The war ended before he was shipped overseas and after being discharged he took a Radio Operators course in Winnipeg and was introduced to a red headed nurse, Merle. Together with some friends they ventured to the BC coast where Merle soon was employed at Shaughnessy Hospital and he went to Prince Rupert for further training. He was accepted as a Light House Keeper and before taking his first job on Langara Island he and Merle were married. They spent the first 2 years of married life on this tiny isolated island, except for when Merle had to leave to give birth to their first daughter Maureen. After their 2 years on Langara they moved to Victoria where two more daughters joined the family, Cathie and Allison. Richard worked for his uncle driving a 7-Up Truck. Then a move to Nanaimo where their son Alan was born. Richard then decided to re-enlist in the Air Force and after training the family moved to St. Hubert , Quebec and another daughter, Donna was born. Postings to Parent, Quebec; Kamloops, BC, Foymount, Ontario; North Bay, Ontario, and finally Tacoma, Washington followed. Upon discharge from the Air Force he retired to Kamloops, BC. For a time he worked in Real Estate and then owned and operated The Sidepocket Pool Hall and sandwich bar on Victoria Street. When he finally fully retired he enjoyed fishing with Merle, curling in the Kamloops 60 Plus Club and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He leaves behind 5 children: Maureen (Lou) Demerais; Cathie Crawford; Allison (Jim) Fulton; Alan Crawford; and Donna (Jeff) Clee. 10 Grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. He is survived by his 2 sisters Jean and Beth and 1 Brother Ken. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Royal Inland Hospital on 5 North for making our dad’s final days as comfortable as possible in these challenging times. If you would like to make a donation in Richard’s name, please consider making a donation to Dad’s favourite charity The Salvation Army. Richard has gone fishing.


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Sylvia Byers

May 2, 2020

Rich and Merle were like a second set of parents to me. I met the family when we were living in the same complex in St. Hubert, Que. and the friendship between our families continues to this day. We not only shared a few air-bases throughout those years, but we shared many fishing trips as well. Rich always treated me as the 5th daughter when we got together and it was a bond I cherished. I will miss your smiling face Rich, and I will miss reminiscing various antics throughout the years. RIP Rich Love from Sylvia & Roy


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