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Born: Feb 28, 1919

Date of Passing: Jun 10, 2002

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LILLIAN ELIZABETH CROSSMAN With great sadness and in gratitude for the gift of her life we announce the passing of Lillian Crossman on June 10, 2002. Predeceased by her son Norman, Lillian is survived by her husband Raymond; sons, Robert, Kelly and Micheal; daughter-in-law Cheryl; and grandchildren, Aaron, Kristin, Kathryn and Daniele. She was a person of extraordinary charm, kind and intelligent, with a quick smile and gentle laugh. She took great joy in the accomplishments of all around her. Lillian was born the daughter of William and Susan Lacey in Moose Jaw, SK on February 28, 1919. She was raised on the family farm near Lafleche, SK. Educated in Lafleche at Mathieu Separate School, she was an excellent student and athlete. In 1940 she was a southwestern Saskatchewan champion in mixed doubles tennis. In 1941 Lillian moved to Regina, SK. She attended business college and then worked at the Saskatchewan Cooperative Refinery. In the fall of 1945 she met Raymond Crossman, just returned from war service in England. On October 26, 1945 the young couple were married and settled down to what would be almost 56 years of life together. Lillian was raised in the belief that ordinary people could and should contribute to the social and cultural life of the community in which they lived. She put this philosophy into practice throughout her life. During the 1950s and 1960s Lillian was active in the Catholic Womens League, was an early advocate for the rights of the disabled through the Society for Crippled Children and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Folk Arts Council. Her Dublin born parents instilled in her a lifelong interest in all things Irish and she helped establish the Regina Irish Club. In 1966 Lillian moved with her family to Winnipeg. Immediately, she became active in the C.W.L., the St. Pauls Guild, and the Winnipeg Irish Club. To her family these duties also seemed to include a fair amount of bridge. In addition she was instrumental in the formation of what is now the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba. In the early 1970s, Lillian joined the Womens Committee of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. This was the beginning of a voluntary association with the WSO which lasted until the end of her life. Her commitments to the symphony ranged from childrens concerts to the management of the music stand, where she introduced the sale of Belgian chocolates to the delight of many a concert-goer. In the midst of this activity, a love of art, music and history led Lillian to enroll as a part time student in a history of art course at the University of Winnipeg. She graduated with a BA in 1994. University courses and the desire to visit her increasingly far-flung children led Lillian to retire from her work at the WSO Womens Committee in 1992. This however, was not to be, for the management of the orchestra soon asked her to revitalise their volunteer program. Her work with volunteers in aid of the WSO proved to be an extremely enjoyable experience and Lillian made many friends. Despite her community work, the centre of Lillians long and full life was care for and devotion to her family. She was a loving wife to Raymond, and together they built a house, raised a family, travelled widely and enjoyed a long retirement. To her children and grandchildren she was an exemplary mother and grandmother, loving, kind, full of joy and possessed of great wisdom. For more than 80 years delight, forbearance, duty, patience and service to others were the watchwords of her life. She believed strongly in the importance of the arts, was sustained by a deep faith in God and never wavered in her belief that the world should and could be made a better place. In the manner of remarkable women across the ages, she had a talent for life. We will miss her. Funeral mass will be concelebrated by Rev. Michael Koryluk and Rev. Joseph Driscoll SJ at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at St. John Brebeuf Church. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, 3990 Portage Ave. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Share the Music Program of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. LECLAIRE BROTHERS in care of arrangements. 775-2220

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 14, 2002

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