It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Crowe announces his passing on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Tom was born on Dec. 13, 1919 to the late Fred and Agnes Crowe.
He was united in marriage to Harriet Jane (“Jean”) Willis on June 7, 1947.
After returning from WWII, he returned to his job at CN Rail. Tom loved the lake, though, so he left CN to take up guiding on Rainy Lake. Even after his eyesight began to fade, he still could navigate the lake better than most.
He and Jean purchased their cabin at McDonald's Inlet, where they lived the rest of their lives.
He had a special place in his heart for all animals; he always had a treat for them and a lap to sit in. He will be greatly missed by his “babies,” Dolly and Dixie, but finally will be reunited with his dog, Furby, and cat, Mister.
Tom leaves behind his children, Val (Doug) Crowe, Duane (Judy) White, and Arleen (Eric) Goodland; grandchildren, Monique Belanger, Troy (Kari) Belanger, Joleen (Eden) Darrah, Sandy (Brian) Cochrane, Jackie (Hans) van Gerven, Deana (Chris) Scott, Cara (Ryan) Scott, Jean (Kevin) Scott, Dee (Josie) Johnson, and Ivor (Sandy) Johnson; 24 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Minnie Crowe; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was predeceased by his wife, Jean; children, Pat (Mangy) Belanger, Florence (Frank) Nagy-Kozma, Colleen (Vic) Lafreniere, Lance (Diane) White, and Lee (Sue) White; daughter-in-law, Shirley White, granddaugher, Tyra Scott; great-grandchildren, Shauna Cochrane, Justin Scott, and Cameron Scott; his parents; and his 10 brothers and sisters, Janet, Danny (Margaret), Benny (Ruth), Wallace, Anne Marie (Edwin) Bruyere, Dado (Ducky), Tiny (Blanche), Doreen (George) Allan, and Rita (Allan) Kielczewski.
Tom's baby sister, Betty Lou Larson, passed away on April 13, 2018, only eight hours before Tom. As the oldest brother in the family, we believe he waited until she was safely on the other side before he started his journey.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will take place on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances.
Come join us for one last drink with Tom.