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DREW JOSEPH CRINGAN
Born: Jun 06, 1948
Date of Passing: Mar 14, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DREW JOSEPH CRINGAN
Drew's last days were spent at the Victoria General Hospital surrounded by the people he loved most. The room was filled with comfort, laughter, compassion and a constant stream of his favourite music. He quietly slipped away the morning of March 14, 2020.
He will be mourned, and his memory cherished, by his wife of 49 years, Daphne, who stood by his side and fought his battles when he was no longer able to. Daphne was a pillar of strength for the entire family and a true example of love and integrity. Drew loved her fiercely and his telling her that he loved her every day, even as his Alzheimer's progressed, never stopped.
His love and support for his children was constant and he will be greatly missed by Jesse (Pyper), Laine (Todd), Nick (Colleen), and his delightful grandchildren, Rooney, Lux and Benjamin.
Drew loved life, he was so aware and curious. Some ways his friends have described him in these last few days include: A true legend, someone to be cherished, a memorable and vibrant character, a reckoned force, someone who made me smile, larger than life, open and generous, and full of life and love.
Drew had a real passion for music which started in the early days with his best friend Doug Mackenzie at the River Heights Community Club dances. He attended the Monterey Pop festival in 1967 where his real passion for music festivals took hold. This led to his involvement in the Children's Festival and Folk Festival, among others.
Drew was both politically and emotionally aware and made a lifelong commitment to his community. He was guided by his beliefs, consistently devoting his time and energy to numerous community boards and organizations.
He enjoyed countless adventures with his family too. From ski trips, to Disney World, to visiting his kids no matter where in the world they were living - as well as the frequent trips with Daphne that have created life-long memories.
But no matter where he ventured, his favourite place was the family cabin in Whytewold on Lake Winnipeg. He could often be found on the front deck, sitting in his favourite chair, looking out over the water, announcing out loud how fortunate he, and we, all were. He always felt like the luckiest man in the world.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Victoria General Hospital for their kindness, compassion and wonderful care. And we especially want to thank the CBI Health Group for giving Drew seven months of care and love. Especially Natasha, Belinda, and Paul/Marv.
After careful consideration regarding COVID-19 and in the interest of the community's health, we will postpone a Celebration of Life to a later date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Matlock Community Club or any cause you hold dear, would be greatly appreciated.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 21, 2020
Condolences & Memories (16 entries)
I worked with Drew in government and in the 80’s as departmental assistants to the federal Minister of Employment & Immigration. Years later, we reconnected as retirees with cottages in Whytewold. For years, on our daily walks, passing Drew’s cottage, we were always greeted by a welcoming smile and positive happy thought for the day. We will miss that along with his warm and friendly presence. Our deepest condolences to Daphne & Family. - Posted by: Joanne(co-worker/neighbor)& Pierre Daoust(neighbor) (Neighbours ) on: Apr 13, 2020
Dear Daphne....so sorry to read about Drew's recent death....haven't been in touch for a long time but remember you, Drew and family with great fondness. My deepest condolences. John William Ellis Halfmoon Bay, BC - Posted by: John William Ellis (Co-worker and friend) on: Mar 31, 2020
Daphne, I am so sorry for your loss. A beautiful tribute for the love of your life. Armenia Evaristo - Posted by: Armenia Evaristo (friend) on: Mar 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to Daphne and family. Jim Elliott shared Drew's obit with me. I will always have fond memories of our days working together at E.E. Hobbs and Associates. Much laughter and friendly ribbing. R.I.P. Drew. - Posted by: Yvon Lemire (Friend from early 1980's) on: Mar 25, 2020
The picture says it all. Ebullient, happy go lucky, a good guy to hang out with. I worked with Drew back in the eighties and then on a variety of campaigns. He was a great problem solver - an intuitive and creative thinker. There are people who you can go a long time without seeing but when you next meet them you pick right up where you left off. Drew was that kind of guy. Run into him at a Jets game and he'd give you a bear hug and check up on family and friends. A great story teller. So proud of his kids and Daphne; a family man who stretched himself to help his community. He passed far too soon. - Posted by: Ian Gillies (Friend and colleague) on: Mar 24, 2020
So saddened by Drew's passing, but the memories of him and you Daphne bring a smile to my face, trips to the farm, the bus, 109 ruby, the Datsun and enjoyment the green. He would want a wake not a memorial. - Posted by: steve clubb (friend) on: Mar 24, 2020
We have so many wonderful memories of our friendship with Drew, which stretches back in time to the late 1960s. We will always remember with fondness his indomitable spirit, his zest for life, music, and joy, and his devotion to friendship and family. He lived and loved well and fully, and that is a remarkable and meaningful legacy. - Posted by: Penny Jones Square and David Square (friends) on: Mar 23, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Daphne and family. Sincerely, Kevin & Marilyn Branch - Posted by: Marilyn & Kevin Branch (Friend) on: Mar 22, 2020
I met Drew through the Winnipeg Executive Association, and quickly found him someone that was a true joy to be around. A very good person who took business seriously, but not himself. He was one of those people that make a smile come to your face when you think of them. - Posted by: Trevor Westwood (Friend) on: Mar 22, 2020
We did not ways agree but we had a common goal,the best solution for our clients and the agency. He was a large personality but always had the best intentions. He will be missed by the community. - Posted by: Tom Smith (Fellow advertising enthusiat) on: Mar 21, 2020
I worked with Drew in EDB I the late 1970's and early 80’s. I would stop by the cabin in Whytewold to say hello and chat after Drew retired. My condolences to Daphne and family. - Posted by: Jerry Kozubal (Co-worker and friend) on: Mar 21, 2020
We will miss Drew’s hellos as we walk by with Dyson daily at the cottage Our deepest condolences - Posted by: Don Gina Dyson and Megan (Friends) on: Mar 21, 2020
I met Drew in the late 80's and have not seen him for several years as I moved from Wpg. I always enjoyed his company and friendship. He was one of a kind. - Posted by: Gordon Horne (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2020
Dear Daphne. Beautiful tribute. I’ll never forget our last encounter in the restaurant when he came over to our table at least 4 times to tell me he loved me. My thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Lesley - Posted by: Lesley Baizley (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2020
A beautiful tribute to a very special individual! Deep condolences to Daphne and all the family, with thanks for long-ago kindnesses. - Posted by: Iris Rountree (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2020
I am truly gutted to hear of Drew's passing---My 4 years in Whytewold some 25 years ago--were made much more enjoyable with friends like the Cringans. I am so sorry for your loss----and regret not being able to say goodbye to Drew-- Daphne, Jesse, Laine & Nick---I will remember the good days always. - Posted by: Floyd from Toronto (Friend from Whytewold) on: Mar 21, 2020
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