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With heavy hearts the family of David “Dado” Crowe announces his passing after a lengthy illness. Dado passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born April 15, 1928 in Fort Frances.

In his earlier years, Dado worked at various lumber camps, where he was known for his log-rolling skills. Subsequently, Dado learned the trade of operating small watercraft. Later, he was employed by Boise Cascade Canada Ltd.

Dado was the last Captain of the Ward on Rainy Lake. He later retired after 40 years of service. Dado also was a veteran of the Second World War, serving as a member of the Canadian Light Infantry after training in Fort Garry, Man.

Dado enjoyed hunting, fishing, and guiding on Rainy Lake, as well as spending time at his cabin on Sawbill Lake.

Dado was predeceased by his wife, Evora (“Ducky”); daughter, Carol-Lynne; grandson, Michael Kearney; granddaughter, Billy-Jean McKee; parents, Fredrick and Agnes Crowe; sisters, Janet, Ann-Marie Bruyere, and Rita Kielczewski; and brothers, Danny, Wallace, Ben, and Tiny.

He is survived by his daughters, Colleen (Ed) Taylor, Bonnie (Lawrence) Simmons, Karen (Bob) McTavish, and Jenny (Glen) Bodnar, and his son, David (Elaine); stepchildren, Allan (Mary) Morrisseau and Alfreda (Mike) Kearney; grandchildren, Ron Taylor, Carrie Andrusco, Candace Kadikoff, Cherie Serrano, Jenna Gerley, Lucas Simmons, Kristy McTavish, Kaily Bodnarchuck, and Alysia McTavish; step-grandchildren, Katy Morrisseau, Tammy Ducharme, and Craig Kearney; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by his sisters, Doreen Allan and Betty-Lou Larson; brother, Tom Crowe; sisters-in-law, Ruth Crowe, Minnie Crowe, and Blanche Crowe; special niece, Lorraine Ecklund; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007 from 7-8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home, with Rev. Barb Miller officiating.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Doug Allan, John Bruyere, Danny and Ray Crowe, Terry Kielczewski, and Mel Larson.

The honourary pallbearers were Don Anderson, Gary Crowe, Leonard Davidson, Bob Gadd, Lee Oakey, Jim Pochailo, Darold Shute, Roy Taylor, and Harris Wilson.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

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