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E. John Cruchley

CRUCHLEY, E. John - It is with great sadness and love that we announce the passing of our beloved father, E. John Cruchley, on Nov. 27, 2018. Predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Signe Alanen Cruchley, he is survived by his children Brian, Virginia Rigden, Murray (Elaine Hamat) and Jane (Tom Kennedy), as well as grandchildren Wilson and Rebecca Prewitt, Ben and Beth Cruchley, Matthew and Megan Kennedy. Emanuel John Cruchley was born Dec. 26, 1921 in Kingston, Jamaica, the youngest of a family of seven. Of British roots, for generations, Cruchleys had lived very comfortably in this country with many challenges. In 1928, the family emigrated to a country of many promises, Canada. As luck would have it, the depression arrived soon after settling in Vancouver and Dad lived a modest childhood. At the age of 19, the day after Pearl Harbour, John and his brother Edward enlisted in the RCAF. He trained at several flight schools on the prairies. Both John and Signe were proud RCAF veterans of World War II. In 1943 Dad finished his training as an Air Observer, was promoted to Flight Lieutenant, and served on the east coast of Canada and Newfoundland. Flying Canso bombers, his unit escorted surface war ships and patrolled in convoys to spot German submarines along our coastal waters. While posted overseas in Torbay, Newfoundland, Dad met our mother and the rest is history. Following the end of the war they married and Dad enrolled at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, earning a BA in Chemistry and doing graduate work in Physical Chemistry for two more years. Mom and Dad moved to Edmonton in 1950 when John was hired by Imperial Oil, then, in 1956, Dow Chemical lured Dad and our family to Sarnia. He continued at Dow until retirement 25 years later. When failing health forced him to join Mom at Vision Nursing Home, John became a well loved resident, sometimes joining outings to the Casino, and never, except for this year, missing Remembrance Day celebrations at the Legion. We would like to thank the dedicated and caring nurses, PSWís and staff of Vision Nursing Home for the exemplary care they have provided our parents over the past many years. They made Dadís life as comfortable and happy as could be possible. In addition, we would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff of Bluewater Health Palliative Medicine who helped to make his final days comfortable. Cremation has taken place and Dadís ashes will be joining Momís at Lakeview Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a future date in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Vision Nursing Home or Bluewater Health would be greatly appreciated. ďOh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings....Ē 13314614
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Remembering old friendships
Posted by Lyn Ibson (friend) On Sunday, December 23, 2018
Thinking of the friendships between our parents and between our families. Heartfelt condolences to all of you, with wishes for the strength of our memories.

- Lyn

To Murray and Family
Posted by Gerhard Krueger (An old friend) On Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Sorrry to hear about your Dad's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies.


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