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CRAWLEY, William Leonard 1

  • Born: 25 Nov 1925, Roblin, Parkland, Manitoba, Canada 1
  • Marriage: CLAPP, Lillian Elora
  • Died: 30 Jul 2015, Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada aged 89 1

bullet  Facts and details for William Leonard Crawley:

His obituary was published in the Winnipeg Free Press on 8 Aug 2015. It read as follows:

WILLIAM LEONARD CRAWLEY November 25, 1925 - July 30, 2015 William Leonard Crawley (Bill) passed away at Riverview Health Centre, after 89 years of what he gratefully described as a wonderful life. Bill was born in Roblin, MB, which he referred to as "God's Country" because of the natural beauty of the area. His parents, Julia and William Crawley were British immigrants who married late in life and raised two children, Lily Martha and Bill. Despite experiencing poverty during the Depression years, Bill recalled growing up enjoying the freedom of rural life and the security of a loving family. Due to his father's sudden death, Bill left school at age 16 to help support the family. He worked at the Roblin Creamery until age 18 when he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force, an expectation of young men during the war. Upon discharge from the RCAF, Bill returned to Manitoba, settled in Winnipeg, and completed his High School education and Draughtsman qualifications. During this time, he also struck up a romance with Betty Jakeman, a Roblin girl who was living in Winnipeg to attend University. Bill and Betty married in 1950. They lived in the Riverview area of Winnipeg, where they raised their daughter, Donna, and son, Richard. A love of the outdoors was shared by the family through activities that included archery, swimming, canoeing, camping, skating, sailboarding, snowshoeing, and walks in the country. Summer vacation at the Jakeman's Shady Nook Farm near Roblin, was an annual highlight for the family. Bill volunteered with St. Alban's Anglican Church and Riverview Community Club. He managed Richard's soccer teams and was the Dad who could always be counted on to drive his children and their friends to any activity. For many years, Bill worked as a Draughtsman at Motorcoach Industries and Bristol Aerospace, where he made many lifelong friends. Later, he became a founding partner in Custom Aluminum Castings, a successful venture from which he derived great satisfaction. After suffering a heart attack at age 59, Bill retired and became very committed to a healthy lifestyle. He joined the Re-Fit Centre where he remained a member for 30 years, exercising faithfully three times a week. This practice, along with cycling, walking, and eating well, allowed him to maintain an enviable fitness level well into his eighties. Bill was a regular supporter of the Arts in Winnipeg, holding season tickets to Manitoba Theatre Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He took particular interest in the Baroque group, Camarata Nova and became a sustaining member of the organization. He was not only a fan or observer of the Arts; he tested his own artistic abilities by taking lessons in photography and painting. After 40 years of a very loving marriage, Bill lost his wife, Betty, to cancer. It was Betty's wish to remain at home during her illness. Bill's devoted care and the help of friend and neighbour, Irene Loiselle, made this possible. While pursuing an interest in learning Ballroom Dancing, Bill met Lillian Adamson. This fortunate encounter began a happy 23 year relationship for Bill and Lil. Together, they canoed, cross country skied, and travelled to destinations that included Spain, Morocco, Hawaii, California, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Portugal and Cuba. Ballroom Dancing remained a focus of their social life, providing them with great enjoyment and an extensive circle of friends. Lil and Bill became important members of one another's families and role models for living life well. Remembering Bill and celebrating his life are his spouse, Lillian Adamson, his children Donna Pierce (Pier) and Richard (Wendy); his grandchildren Winona Dickens (Cameron), Joseph Thorvaldson (Malory), Emilene Pierce (Adam), Erin Crawley (Jared), and Jeremy Pierce; his great-grandchildren Gryfinn Dickens, Calliope Dickens, and Fryja Thorvaldson. Also remembering Bill fondly are Lillian's children, Allan Adamson (Anita), Patrick Adamson (Christine), Frances Adamson (Doug), and Karen Adamson (Ernie); grandchildren; Elora, Petra, Catherine, Vivian, Theo, and Jumah. The family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff of Riverview Health Centre Main Floor, B Ward for the care provided to Bill during the past four months. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, August 21 at 2:00 p.m., at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's name may be made to Riverview Health Centre, 1 Morley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2P4, or the United Way, 580 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1C7. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.ca 204-885-9715 1


William married Lillian Elora CLAPP, daughter of James Arnold CLAPP and Elora BEACH.



1 "Obituary for William Leonard Crawley," Winnipeg Free Press; digital images.