Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB


Drew Joseph Cringan

June 6, 1948March 14, 2020

Drew was born in Winnipeg on June 6th, 1948. He came into this world as Keith Gregory Scott but found his way to the Cringan clan. He was immediately adopted by Bob and Ellen Cringan. His family included big brother Bob and younger sister Barb.

Drew’s last days were spent at the Victoria General Hospital surrounded by the people he loved most. The room was filled with comfort, laughter, compassion and a constant stream of his favourite music. He quietly slipped away the morning of March 14th.

He will be mourned, and his memory cherished, by his wife of 49 years Daphne, who stood by his side and fought his battles when he was no longer able to. Who was a pillar of strength for the entire family and a true example of love and integrity. Drew loved her fiercely and telling her that he loved her every day, even as his Alzheimer’s progressed, never stopped.

His love and support for his children was constant and he will be greatly missed by Jesse (Pyper), Laine (Todd), Nick (Colleen), and his delightful grandchildren, Rooney, Lux and Benjamin.

Drew loved life, he was so aware and curious. Some ways his friends have described him in these last few days include: A true legend, someone to be cherished, a memorable and vibrant character, a reckoned force, someone who made me smile, larger than life, open and generous, and full of life and love.

Drew had a real passion for music which started in the early days with his best friend Doug Mackenzie at the River Heights Community Club dances. He attended the Monterey Pop festival in 1967 where his real passion for music festivals took hold. This led to his involvement in the Children’s Festival and Folk Festival, among others.

Drew was both politically and emotionally aware and made a lifelong commitment to his community. He was guided by his beliefs consistently - devoting his time and energy to numerous community boards and organizations.

He enjoyed countless adventures with his family too. From ski trips, to Disney World, to visiting his kids no matter where in the world they were living – as well as the frequent trips with Daphne that have created life-long memories.

But no matter where he ventured, his favourite place was the family cabin in Whytewold on Lake Winnipeg. He could often be found on the front deck, sitting in his favourite chair, looking out over the water, saying out loud how fortunate he, and we, all were. He always felt like the luckiest man in the world.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Victoria General Hospital for their kindness, compassion and wonderful care. And we especially want to thank the CBI Health Group for giving Drew 7 months of care and love. Especially Natasha, Belinda, and Paul/Marv.

After careful consideration regarding COVID-19 and in the interest of the community’s health, we will postpone a celebration of life to a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Matlock Community Club or any cause you hold dear, would be greatly appreciated.


  • Lake Winnipeg Foundation
  • Online Donations
  • Matlock Community Club


  • A celebration of life will be held at a later date


Drew Joseph Cringan

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Nancy Allan

March 26, 2020

Drew....He was the best...a personality so big and wonderful!! He had a way of connecting with people and making them feel special. I had the pleasure of working with him in a volunteer capacity at the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival and we became friends for many years. In recent years we would get the band together Including Marv and Linda. We would meet for lunch, check out events, or visit Drew at the cabin. We were very relaxed and just hung out reminiscing, laughing, politics was frequently on the agenda, bantering and just having fun. It was always a special time. You are at peace now Drew...thank you for everything you gave this world. My love to you Daphne and family - cherish your memories.

Jarett Mclaughlin

March 24, 2020

"Hey Smiley" was something Drew said to me every time I saw him. I came to enjoy the moniker as it was always said with a big smile and a laugh! Drew was always such an upbeat man, and a very friendly human being. I am sad to hear of his passing, but happy I have fond memories of him. Condolences to all you Cringans. He was a special guy.

Colleen Miller

March 23, 2020

Dear Daphne, Jesse, Laine, Nick.

Where do you start with Drew?! Bigger than life. Drew was a gift to our broader community and a close supportive friend to me. My Matlock memories are extensive and thinking of him now brings a smile!

Always such joy, honesty, and the absolute best sense of humour. He never held back and said it like it was. So wonderful!

Matlock memories continued over the years and walking up to your Whytewold cottage years later to visit Daphne and Drew on the dock, and maybe the kids next door!, made the summer visit complete.

My love and hugs to all of you. I'm so sorry.

Colleen Miller

Cindy Stewart

March 21, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Drew's passing
I have found memories of him under his leadership at the Matlock Community Club and getting me to volunteer. I would also wave to him or honk as he sat on the porch in Whytewold. He was a wonderful man.

Jan Belanger

March 21, 2020

Drew had the gift of making people feel noticed and appreciated wherever he went. He was smart and funny, engaging and generous. Daphne, I am so sorry for your loss.

alan dudeck

March 20, 2020

A huge presence in many of our lives ....... in so man ways did Drew live life to the fullest!
Daphne .... many good memories which will never be lost.
Much love ........ Alan Dudeck

Ruth Thorkelson

March 19, 2020

So sorry to hear of Drew’s passing. I met Drew in the early 1990s, when I worked for Paul Martin in Ottawa and got to know the very unruly and very fun group of Martin supporters from the 1990 convention. We didn’t meet at the convention but later at events in Ottawa and Winnipeg. Drew was kind and courteous and always had a ready laugh, even when Mr. Martin asked me to call him more times than I probably should have for advice about this or that Manitoba or communications matter. Such a lovely person and our condolences to his family.

Thomas Stuart

March 19, 2020

My Drew memory is from growing up in Riverview admiring him and respecting him as one of the neighbourhood dads. Every time Nick and I hung out, whenever Drew would see me he would sing “Tommy can you hear me, tommy can you see me”. I had absolutely no idea what this was in reference to at the time, and I thought it was super weird at the time, but I pretended to “get it”. I will remember drew fondly.

Richard Muller

March 19, 2020

I knew Drew through the advertising community within which we both worked. Although competitors, we met socially and shared friends. I always respected Drew's ethics, his desire to do good work and his helpful, friendly nature.

Todd Cain

March 19, 2020

I got to know Drew when I worked with Jesse in the mid 00s. Every time he visited Ottawa, he brought his smarts and sense of humour and turned every meeting into a party. My condolences Jesse and Pyper.