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JOHN P. CRABB

Born: May 02, 1929

Date of Passing: Feb 25, 2019

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JOHN P. CRABB I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:7 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, John Philip Crabb, peacefully with his family by his side on February 25, 2019, at 89 years of age. John was born in Winnipeg on May 2, 1929, the only child of Group Captain H. Philip and Doreen Crabb. He was predeceased by his parents and his cousin Doreen Shipton of Derby, England. John is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn; son David Crabb (Candace Neufeld); daughter Sheryl Thomson (Christopher) and grandchildren, Matthew and Jacqueline; son Douglas Crabb (Lisa Kresz) and grandchildren, Julia and Anna; and mother of his children, Donna Jean Crabb. In his early years, John attended several schools including Queenston (Winnipeg), Bishop's College (Lennoxville, PQ) and Sedburgh College (Montebello, PQ), graduating from St. John's College School in Winnipeg in 1947. He attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture before leaving to pursue a highly successful business career, initially with Oldfield, Kirby and Gardiner (1952-1955) and then self-employed as a general insurance agent beginning in 1956. Later, he formed several companies and was active in real estate, investments and as a much sought-after appraiser with particular expertise in art and antiques. John's interest in art began in his mid-teens when his family acquired a number of colour reproductions of watercolours by English born artist Walter J. Phillips from Stovel Printers in Winnipeg. He and his father sat at the kitchen table, tipping them into yearly Christmas cards which were sent to family and friends across Canada and the United Kingdom. This was the impetus for John's second career and lifelong passion as a collector, most notably of decorative works of art with special focus on English (UK) silver objects from the 1700s to the 1900s, and works of art including watercolour and oil paintings, colour woodcuts, wood engravings, original prints and sculptures. John was especially drawn to, and supportive of the works of Western Canadian artists whom he felt did not receive the acclaim that more established Eastern artists enjoyed. In the 1960s, John began collecting the life work of Walter J. Phillips as a personal Canadian centennial project. Over the next 50 years, John assembled the largest collection of Phillips' work which he loaned to numerous art galleries in Canada for retrospective shows. He was instrumental in working with business and government leaders to establish the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in 1992 and refurbish the Assiniboine Park Pavilion and establish the Pavilion Gallery in 1998 to house the collections of the work of Clarence Tillenius and Ivan Eyre. At that time, John donated a significant portion of his personal collection of Walter J. Phillips art to be displayed in the John P. Crabb - Walter J. Phillips Gallery. John researched, wrote and led or collaborated in the assembling of countless art exhibitions including extensive loans of materials to art institutions in Canada. Of particular importance was the cross-Canada tour of Walter J. Phillips art to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1970. For over 35 years beginning in 1970, John was benefactor to, and active supporter of the Winnipeg Sketch Club, making available a permanent space for their use. In recognition and appreciation of this, each member contributed an original piece of work which was bound into a book of thanks and presented to John in 1979. Recognizing his expertise in managing rental properties, John was appointed by the Sterling Lyon administration as Arbitrator for the Tenancy Arbitration Bureau and was board member of the Sisters of Service Canada and YWCA. John was a lifelong member of the Winnipeg Winter Club where he curled for many years; later playing badminton at lunch hour and participating in highly competitive but friendly four handed bridge. John was fiercely independent, strong-willed and determined, yet a very private man who shunned the spotlight. He was generous in his support of many organizations who helped those in need, especially the United Way and the Youth Art Program. John loved and was deeply knowledgeable of history and always enjoyed a lively conversation. He had a keen intellect and, until his final days, was always quick to share a pun (termed 'quickie sickies' by school children whom he chaperoned on an exchange trip to Japan). He loved spending time at the family cottage which he built at Beaconia, MB on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg and enjoyed the beauty of nature around him. Above all, he deeply loved his family and was so proud of each of them and their accomplishments. The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the entire staff of Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home for their unfailing care of, and compassion shown to John, and to Jazz the resident cat for always bringing a smile to John's face. A service of thanksgiving and celebration was held on Friday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. at St. George's Anglican Church, Crescentwood, 168 Wilton Street at Grosvenor Avenue in Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John P. Crabb Endowment Fund, care of the United Way, 580 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1C7, (204) 477-5360, unitedwaywinnipeg.ca/give or a charity of one's choice. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
Publish Date: Mar 2, 2019

JOHN P. CRABB I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:7 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, John Philip Crabb, peacefully with his family by his side on February 25, 2019, at 89 years of age. John was born in Winnipeg on May 2, 1929, the only child of Group Captain H. Philip and Doreen Crabb. He was predeceased by his parents and his cousin Doreen Shipton of Derby, England. John is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn; son David Crabb (Candace Neufeld); daughter Sheryl Thomson (Christopher) and grandchildren, Matthew and Jacqueline; son Douglas Crabb (Lisa Kresz) and grandchildren, Julia and Anna; and mother of his children, Donna Jean Crabb. In his early years, John attended several schools including Queenston (Winnipeg), Bishop's College (Lennoxville, PQ) and Sedburgh College (Montebello, PQ), graduating from St. John's College School in Winnipeg in 1947. He attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture before leaving to pursue a highly successful business career, initially with Oldfield, Kirby and Gardiner (1952-1955) and then self-employed as a general insurance agent beginning in 1956. Later, he formed several companies and was active in real estate, investments and as a much sought-after appraiser with particular expertise in art and antiques. John's interest in art began in his mid-teens when his family acquired a number of colour reproductions of watercolours by English born artist Walter J. Phillips from Stovel Printers in Winnipeg. He and his father sat at the kitchen table, tipping them into yearly Christmas cards which were sent to family and friends across Canada and the United Kingdom. This was the impetus for John's second career and lifelong passion as a collector, most notably of decorative works of art with special focus on English (UK) silver objects from the 1700s to the 1900s, and works of art including watercolour and oil paintings, colour woodcuts, wood engravings, original prints and sculptures. John was especially drawn to, and supportive of the works of Western Canadian artists whom he felt did not receive the acclaim that more established Eastern artists enjoyed. In the 1960s, John began collecting the life work of Walter J. Phillips as a personal Canadian centennial project. Over the next 50 years, John assembled the largest collection of Phillips' work which he loaned to numerous art galleries in Canada for retrospective shows. He was instrumental in working with business and government leaders to establish the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in 1992 and refurbish the Assiniboine Park Pavilion and establish the Pavilion Gallery in 1998 to house the collections of the work of Clarence Tillenius and Ivan Eyre. At that time, John donated a significant portion of his personal collection of Walter J. Phillips art to be displayed in the John P. Crabb - Walter J. Phillips Gallery. John researched, wrote and led or collaborated in the assembling of countless art exhibitions including extensive loans of materials to art institutions in Canada. Of particular importance was the cross-Canada tour of Walter J. Phillips art to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1970. For over 35 years beginning in 1970, John was benefactor to, and active supporter of the Winnipeg Sketch Club, making available a permanent space for their use. In recognition and appreciation of this, each member contributed an original piece of work which was bound into a book of thanks and presented to John in 1979. Recognizing his expertise in managing rental properties, John was appointed by the Sterling Lyon administration as Arbitrator for the Tenancy Arbitration Bureau and was board member of the Sisters of Service Canada and YWCA. John was a lifelong member of the Winnipeg Winter Club where he curled for many years; later playing badminton at lunch hour and participating in highly competitive but friendly four handed bridge. John was fiercely independent, strong-willed and determined, yet a very private man who shunned the spotlight. He was generous in his support of many organizations who helped those in need, especially the United Way and the Youth Art Program. John loved and was deeply knowledgeable of history and always enjoyed a lively conversation. He had a keen intellect and, until his final days, was always quick to share a pun (termed 'quickie sickies' by school children whom he chaperoned on an exchange trip to Japan). He loved spending time at the family cottage which he built at Beaconia, MB on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg and enjoyed the beauty of nature around him. Above all, he deeply loved his family and was so proud of each of them and their accomplishments. The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the entire staff of Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home for their unfailing care of, and compassion shown to John, and to Jazz the resident cat for always bringing a smile to John's face. A service of thanksgiving and celebration will be held on Friday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. at St. George's Anglican Church, Crescentwood, 168 Wilton Street at Grosvenor Avenue in Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John P. Crabb Endowment Fund, care of the United Way, 580 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1C7, (204) 477-5360, unitedwaywinnipeg.ca/give or a charity of one's choice. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
Publish Date: Feb 28, 2019

JOHN P. CRABB 1929 - 2019 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John P. Crabb, peacefully with his family by his side, at 89 years of age, on February 25, 2019. John is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn; son David Crabb (Candace Neufeld); daughter Sheryl Thomson (Christopher) and grandchildren, Matthew and Jacqueline; son Douglas Crabb (Lisa Kresz) and grand-children, Julia and Anna; and mother of his children, Donna Jean Crabb. A service of thanksgiving and celebration will be held on Friday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. at St. George's Anglican Church, Crescentwood, 168 Wilton Street at Grosvenor. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall following the service. Full obituary to follow. Arrangements in care of Chapel Lawn Funeral Home.
Publish Date: Feb 26, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 26, 2019, Feb 27, 2019, Feb 28, 2019, Mar 02, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Enjoyed talking with John many times over the many years at WWC. He was an avid badminton player when we met him in the late 1980's. His quick wit and generosity will be missed by us and all that came in contact with this decent gentleman. Our sincere condolences to the family. W & J Jury - Posted by: Wayne W. Jury (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2019

  • To all of the Crabb family: I’m sorry to hear about your dad's passing. It was so nice to get to know your family over the time you spent at the villa, your family was so good to your John. We we will miss your family very much. Lots of hugs to everyone. - Posted by: Meghan McWilliams (Companion ) on: Mar 02, 2019

  • Doug & Dave My sincere condolences to you both. - Posted by: Doug Warkentin (Friend ) on: Mar 02, 2019

  • Dear Marilyn, please accept our sincere condolences upon the passing of your husband John. You will be in our thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Gerhard and Victoria Albl (neighbour) on: Feb 28, 2019

  • Please accept my sympathy at this time. sincerely Donna Q. Macaw - Posted by: Donna Macaw (just a very old friend) on: Feb 28, 2019

  • Dear Mrs. Marilyn Baker & the Crabb family we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your dear husband & father John P. Crabb. Thank you sharing this wonderful tribute of a John's life's journey. John's ongoing efforts and his legacy of sharing his interests and passions have made a lasting impact within the community! Indeed his presence and counsel will be missed. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this very sad & difficult time. Staff & friends at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation. - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (Staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Feb 28, 2019

  • When I lived in Winnipeg I played badminton with John and my father regularly. I will always remember how John laughed when we scored points as doubles partners. He was competitive and very fun as a sports partner, and a good sport when he was across the net. I have very fond memories of John, and will always remember those good times. My condolences to your family as this difficult time. - Posted by: Karen Rathke (Friend) on: Feb 28, 2019

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