Donald Graham Crabb
April 4, 1933 – May 3, 2020
Born Tuesday April 4,1933 in Victoria, BC to Charles William and Marion Grace Crabb, Passed away at home with his daughter in White Rock, BC May 3, 2020, age 87. Don was predeceased by his wife Sherron in 1996, his ex-wife Karen in 2006, and his brother William Wallace Crabb in 2013. Don is lovingly remembered by his ex-wife Marilyn, his daughter Yvonne (Wade), his sons Richard (Shelley), David, and Sheldon (Kelly), his nieces Carol and Colleen, his nephew Steve, his grand children Clint (Jordan), Cody (Bronwyn), Tyler, Kaelyn, and Carter, his great grand children Zachary, Phalynn, Deacon, Gunner, Ellie Rae, and Charlie. Don was a pioneer in the Automotive Towing and Recovery business. 1959 he began managing service stations in Calgary. He returned to Kelowna BC in 1963 where he continued to excel in operating a pristine service station. In 1969 Don moved the family and started Don’s Auto Towing proudly serving Kamloops, BC. Don’s was an incredible success story growing from a single truck ‘add on’ to his service station to a ten truck operation in the first six years. Don’s truly did it all from motorcycles to highway tractors they could haul it all. Don showing the way, never asking anyone to do a job he wouldn’t do himself. In 1987, Don handed the reins to Joe Wielgoz and went into ‘early retirement’ He wasn’t idle for long before starting Bayview Auto Towing in White Rock, BC later in 1987. Bayview was truly a family affair as his daughter Yvonne and son Sheldon both worked with him at Bayview over the years. In 2000 Don retired from the business and passed the torch to Cory and Dennis Rushinko. Don was a real people person and his larger than life fun loving personality made an immediate impact on many of the people he met. He was fiercely loyal to family and friends. The family would like to thank Cory Rushinko at Bayview for graciously posting a message of Don’s passing on the Bayview Facebook site. We would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and well wishes. We are working on plans to hold a celebration of Dons life in White Rock when it becomes possible again to hold group gatherings. Winston Churchill wrote, “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” I can here him now, “Hey Lord, my name is Don. How do you like me so far?” The Silver Fox has slipped the mortal coil and blessed all those he encountered with many great memories that will carry us through eternity.
Donald Graham Crabb
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May 14, 2020
Don. To know him was to love him.
I was so fortunate to meet Don (and the whole family). He never failed to compliment me on something whenever we met. It used to make me smile just knowing it was coming and trying to guess what he would choose today: my hair? my outfit?
His attention to detail made him a hard task-master for some. His "standards" applied to every part of his life. His faith stayed with him and I often heard him attending services on the TV.
His greatest gift to me? Without a doubt it would be his daughter, Yvonne. He always knew I would be there for her if he could not be. He just knew it. I will be forever grateful for that trust.
I wonder if I will ever meet another man who will tell me how great my hair looks even though I haven't even brushed it yet?! I doubt it. I don't think they make men like Don anymore.
The world is less kind, somehow.