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Born: Jun 14, 1952

Date of Passing: Jun 07, 2023

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With great sadness, we announce the death of Barbara Lynn Crutchley, age 70 years, on June 7, 2023.

Barbara is survived by her three siblings, Elizabeth Ann Wong (nee Crutchley), Robert John Crutchley and Gordon David Crutchley and seven nieces and nephews, Michael, Carolyn, Jennifer, Jonathan, Christopher, Nicole, and Michele, who all miss her dearly.

Barbara or simply Barb to her friends was the second child of John (Jack) Linwood Crutchley and Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Crutchley (nee McKerrow) and was born on June 14, 1952, in Toronto. Much of her early years were spent in the Scarborough public school system and she later attended Woburn Collegiate High School where her mother was a science/athletics teacher. Summers were spent at her parents’ cottage on Lake Kushog. Swimming, sunbathing, water skiing and reading a good book were some of the major activities that filled her day. Barb attended York University where she obtained a degree in Mathematics and Psychology. She worked at York University for a time but was offered a position in administration at the University of Manitoba in 1987. Barb was steadily promoted and eventually became the Director of Research Grant and Contract Services. Barb’s main job was to make sure that professors were aware of research grant opportunities and knew how to write an effective grant application. The latter was not universally appreciated but was undoubtably instrumental in the success of many an application.

Barb’s interests outside of work were varied. She trained in martial arts and was an avid photographer. She was also an active member of the Winnipeg branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, participating in regular classes as well as demonstration groups. She found many friends through the Society and enjoyed the physical and mental aspects of dancing as much as the social ones. Barb was also a long-time season ticket holder for several cultural organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Prairie Theatre Exchange, and looked forward every summer to the long-running Fringe Festival. For some twenty years, Barb was an avid member of a small group of friends who gathered every 3 or 4 months to enjoy sharing participation in a dinner group. Finally, it must be mentioned how very much Barb enjoyed time with friends at their cottage on Lake Winnipeg, and just the relaxation and pleasure of a weekend at the Lake, away from the pressure of everyday life.

Barb retired from her position at the University of Manitoba in 2017 and bought a home in Winnipeg which she decorated with Inuit prints and other artwork. After many years as a museum member, she became the secretary of the Manitoba Museum Foundation Inc. 2022-23 Board of Directors.

Barb was an intensely independent private individual but once you got to know her you found that she was quick to laugh with a sharp wit and deep intelligence. We will miss her.

Donations to the Manitoba Museum:


A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, July 6, at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 24, 2023

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • As a Professor since 1968, I certainly got to know Barbara professionally. She was always willing to help and was a strong supporter of the professorial staff. I can personally attest to her wonderful support. When I served as Associate Dean, one of our new staff was turned down by NSERC, not for the strength his proposal, but because he didn't train enough HQP or enough publications. It made no sense so I prepared an appeal and asked Barbara for her input, which was very helpful. As a result NSERC reversed their decision, a very rare occurrence, and as a result that individual is a word-class scientist. Barbara had a wonderful sense of humour and was always there to help and advise. She was a wonderful asset to the university and charming person. I certainly miss our chats together, May she rest in peace, Michael Eskin Distinguished Professor University of Manitoba - Posted by: Michael Eskin (Colleague) on: Jun 30, 2023

  • Barb and I spent over 35 years sharing fun and friendship. Together, we decided to start a dinner club inviting friends who enhanced our laughter and camaraderie. This changed to a lunch club as we aged and we were looking forward to planning a summer getaway in Gimli. I’ll miss Barb’s warm smile and great wit. My heart is with those who love her. - Posted by: Christine Smith (Friend ) on: Jun 24, 2023

  • Barb and I shared a wonderful closeness for over 35 years. Always a great listener with wise insights. We enjoyed our dinner club, which switched to a lunch club as we aged, for over 25 years. I will miss your wonderful smile, Barb, and all the crazy adventures we enjoyed. Sleep well my friend ❤️ - Posted by: Christine Smith (Friend) on: Jun 24, 2023

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