October 4, 1934 – April 26, 2017
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Walter Crawford on April 26, 2017 at Hospice in Victoria. Walt was born in Campbell River October 4, 1934 to pioneers Walter Crawford and Kate McNeil. Walter senior was the first wharfinger in Campbell River and he and Kate owned the Crawford Store in Campbellton beside the site of the current Quinsam Hotel. Kate (McNeil) arrived in Campbell River in 1909 and they were married in 1912.
Walter was predeceased by both his parents, brother Cam (Lois); sisters Bernice (Jacky Ryan), Ione, Orma, Betty Ray (Bob Roney and Don Breeden), nephew Joseph Ryan.
He is survived by his loving wife Betty of 60 years; daughters Katie (Rick), Marsha (Richard); grandchildren Erin, Lindsay and Kelley and son Tim; nephews Ken Palmer (Carol) and Cam Roney (Cindy and daughter Kai); nieces Jane Hilchey (Jim), Lassie Brooks, and Cheryl Crawford, his very best friend Fred Lewis (Margaret) and many other relatives and friends. We must not forget his little buddy Ryan. Walt gave his family many wonderful times and memorable adventures. All his children followed in his footsteps becoming successful entrepreneurs. He was so proud of his family.
Walter’s first job was cutting shingles as a young teenager. He was one of the famous rowing guides of the Campbell River Tyee Club, before moving into the logging industry. At the age of 28 Walter decided to follow his father and become an entrepreneur; however, not of a hardware store but of a logging camp in Philips Arm with his long time friend Bob Prendergast. From there he owned a fishing resort with his wife (Bennett’s Point Resort), backhoe business, commercial fishing boat (The Kathell), trailer park (Braeside).
Walt enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, trips to Las Vegas,“the Canucks” and card games on his iPad. He also very much enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Walt and Betty moved to Victoria in 2014, to be close to their children. From their new home, Walt was able to watch the cruise ships, harbour traffic, helicopters and planes, come and go but it was still second best to Campbell River.