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Born: Mar 22, 1949

Date of Passing: Mar 02, 2019

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GWEN CRAWLEY 1949 - 2019 On March 2, 2019, Gwen Crawley passed away after a short but courageous battle with cancer. As was her wish, she was in her home and surrounded by her family and pets until the end. She is survived by her husband Harry, children, Joe, Caitlin (William) and Hugh (Erica), granddaughters, Rhiannon and Teagan, sister Frankie (Jim), and nephew Chris (Candance). Gwen was born in Winnipeg on March 22, 1949 to Hugh and Francis "Jimmy" Williams. She grew up in St. Vital with her parents and older sister Frankie. After living for a year in Saskatoon and Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan she moved back to Winnipeg in 1969. In November, 1970 she moved into the Gannon Apartments - as it turned out, in the apartment right next to Harry. They met on Remembrance Day when Harry asked to borrow a cup of butter. One thing led to another and two years later they were married and moved into their first house on Baltimore Road. In 1974 they welcomed Joe into the family and relocated to Ash Street. In 1977 Caitlin arrived and the next year the family moved to Churchill Drive where they remained for 11 years. In 1980, after several prior jobs focused on helping the most vulnerable, Gwen began what would be her career for the next 39 years at Klinic Community Health Centre as a medical assistant and proud "pamphlet lady." In 1989 Gwen and the family made their final move out to Sapton Road which coincided with the arrival of Hugh. For the next 29 years Gwen enjoyed many summer days on the porch swing and winter nights in front of the fire usually with a cup of tea in hand. During her final years, some of her happiest times were spent by the lake at Matlock especially when she was joined by her children and grandchildren. A come and go Celebration of Life will be held on March 16, 2019 between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Interlake Eastern Health Foundation, Box 5000, 120 Easton Dr., Selkirk, MB R1A 2M2. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the entire Eastman palliative care team and to Doctor David Bolton for everything he has done through the years. Doyle's Funeral Home, Carman in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I am saddened to hear of Gwen's passing. Gwen was truly a kind person through and through. I so enjoyed her sense of humour and listening to her talk of the joyful experiences she had in her life with family. - Posted by: Donna (Friend) on: Mar 16, 2019

  • I want to tell Harry and the family how sorry I am to hear of Gwen’s death. We spent a lot of time together as kids in Winnipeg. The cousins were Frankie, Gwen, Marilyn, Joyce and Len. Our Brandon cousins were Murray and Debbie. We all spent a good deal of time at 427 Morley Avenue. We had a lot of fun together when we were kids. Gwen was a very kind and caring person. I am sure that she will be missed by all who came into contact with her. My heart goes out to the family at this very difficult time. - Posted by: Marilyn Strutz (Cousin. Lives in British Columbia) on: Mar 14, 2019

  • Dear Harry, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Gwen. Please accept my very sincere condolences. Carolyn Lintott - Posted by: Carolyn Lintott (Friend) on: Mar 13, 2019

  • We are so very sorry to learn of Gwen's passing. Our sincere condolences to Harry, Joe, Cait, Hugh and their families. Nothing meant more to Gwen than her beloved family, and that included her pets! Gwen always had a gentle smile and a supportive, understanding word for everyone she met. A lovely, lovely lady!! The world is a better place in so many ways because Gwen cared as she did for those around her! - Posted by: Gloria Romaniuk and Greg Stanwick (Friends and neighbours) on: Mar 12, 2019

  • As Klinic's longest active client, it has been a joy to have known Gwen for the 4+ decades I have been a client. She was the only person who was there longer than me.... I will miss you my friend. Thanks for being part of my journey. - Posted by: Jim Walker (Work friend/client) on: Mar 12, 2019

  • Gwen's gentle demeanor and true caring for people was inspirational for me, especially when I was just starting as a "newbie" physician at Klinic. She even gave me rides home sometimes! Thanks so much to Gwen and family for all you've given us. - Posted by: Michael Dillon (Family Doctor co-worker at Klinic on Portage) on: Mar 11, 2019

  • Harry, Joe and Family; I am so sorry for your loss. Gwen was a wonderful lady. - Posted by: Linda Gmiterek (ACLBB) on: Mar 11, 2019

  • Gwen was the most gentle of souls, kind to everyone...she made my days at Klinic truly the best. My deepest sympathy to all whom cherished, admired and loved Gwen. - Posted by: patricia fraser (past co -worker) on: Mar 09, 2019

  • Dear Harry and family, I worked as a nurse practitioner at Klinic with Gwen for many years, both on Broadway and Portage Avenue. Gwen was always going the extra mile to do what she should could for the staff and clients, and always with her ever present warm smile. I can only imagine how much she will be missed. I am unfortunately out of town but will especially think of all of you on March 16. Mary Beth - Posted by: Mary Beth Shields (Former co-worker at Klinic) on: Mar 09, 2019

  • I worked for 8 years with Gwen at Klinic and never knew her to be anything but kind, generous and compassionate. My thoughts are with her family. - Posted by: Judy Hill (Past co-worker) on: Mar 09, 2019

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