Crawford, Noel Marcus

Noel Marcus Crawford, 88, made his final dance on May 6, 2020, gracefully bowing out of a life well-lived. He is deeply loved and remembered for his kind heart, cheerful nature, and extensive story-telling.

He was born to Marcus and Anne Crawford on December 29, 1931 in Toronto, ON. Growing up with his older brother, the late Stan Crawford (June), Noel developed a true sense of adventure and zest for life.

He began his career at D.H. Howden & Co. Ltd. in Toronto, ON where he met the love of his life and most cherished dance partner, Ann. Together, they danced through life, raising their three children, Lynn, Randy, and Sharon, owning and operating the Hilltop Motel in Meaford, ON for 22 years, watching their seven grandchildren grow into accomplished young adults, and spending many warm winters at their second home in Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club in Port Charlotte, FL.

Noel was a true champion of his communities, at home and down south. In Meaford, he was widely known for his role in constructing the Big Apple, and was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and the Meaford Kinsmen.  At Maple Leaf, he was always on the go.  Whether he was square dancing or singing in the choir with Ann, carving beautiful wooden birds, or sharing stories with neighbours and friends, Noel was a man who truly found joy in every day.

Above all, Noel’s biggest joy was his family. He will be deeply missed and forever loved by his wife Ann (nee Lyons) of 65 years; his children Lynn Skippen (Bob), Randy Crawford, and Sharon Mountford (John); his grandchildren, Andrew (Lindsay), Beth, Valerie, Sarah, Meagan, Whitney (Brad), and Colton (Heather); his great grandchildren, Ryan, Kellen, and Baby Jacob (who took his first breath a few hours after Noel took his last).

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions a private family visitation and interment at Lakeview Cemetery will be conducted.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation, where Noel received excellent care from Dr. Benissa and the healthcare workers, would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Private family visitation at Ferguson Funeral Home, Meaford, ON

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions a private family visitation and interment at Lakeview Cemetery will be conducted.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation
Make a donation in memory of Noel Marcus Crawford


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Bill and Isabelle Ridd
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Dear Ann, Lynn, Randy, Sharon and families,
    So very sorry for your loss. Noel was such an upbeat fellow with a good heart. We enjoyed many chats over the years and he truly could tell you many stories of bygone days. He will be deeply missed but not forgotten.
    Isabelle and Bill

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  2. Janice Wilson
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Randy and family….I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Noel. Lots of memories of him and my mom, Iris from their chamber of commerce days. I hope your cherished memories help you and comfort you at this very difficult time.

    Sincerely Janice Shakell Wilson

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  3. Cherie Thompson
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Randy and family so sorry for your loss fond memories and worked for your father and privilege to know him thoughts and prayers God bless
    Cherie Thompson and Ron Murray

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  4. Darlene White
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Lynn and Bob,
    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear dad.
    Dan and Darlene White

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  5. Jody Hodgkinson
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Condolences to Ann and the Crawford family.
    Ann and Noel were great neighbors to my Mom, Verna Hodgkinson. Noel made a point of checking in on Mom to make sure she was doing okay. Mom liked to watch Noel feeding the Blue Jay’s from their back deck. Very nice man with a great sense of humor. He will be missed

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  6. Wayne and Corrine Brownridge
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Our deepest condolences to all the family. We remember Noel so fondly from Maple Leaf. Always smiling, frequently dancing and always ready for a chat.

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  7. Fran Austin
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Ann. Lynn and Bob and the rest of your family and friends, I send my deepest condolences.

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  8. Verna and Tom Wilcox
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Ann and family
    We always enjoyed our chats with Noel. We are forever grateful that Noel encouraged and taught Tom his skills of wood carving. They also enjoyed the fellowship in the Masonic Lodge. Sincere sympathy

    Verna and Tom Wilcox

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    1. Bob & Karen Binding
      Saturday, May 9, 2020

      It was with great sadness
      of hearing of Noel’s passing. He and Ann were great friend in Maple Leaf. Noel’s advise to me during my role on the Board of Directors at MLE was very valuable. My many visits at their home in MLE as I was on a walk were always a pleasure.
      RIP

      Bob & Karen Binding

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  9. Linda Gilmore
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Ann, Lynn, Randy, and Sharon and families; So sorry for your loss, my memories of your Dad go back to when his father was a resident in the retirement home in Meaford. He would always remember a quick story to chat about every time we met after that. He and Ann were the most graceful dancer, I remember sending people to stay at the motel and how my friends would say ,such lovely hosts we had there, so happy and friendly.
    Cherish your memories and God Bless !
    Linda and Paul Gilmore

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  10. Melissa Smith
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    I met Noel when he drove the bus for my first 2 years of school. He was such a kind, caring man with a smile. He will be missed. Thinking of his family at this difficult time.

    Melissa

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  11. Marilyn & Bill Santin
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    To all of the Crawford family we want to express our condolences to you on the loss of a wonderful man.
    We first met Noel in Maple Leaf when he came by to welcome us after he heard that we were also fromMeaford.
    Noel was full of knowledge of both ML and Meaford. We loved his story telling.and we’re amazed about his life stories.. Noel will be greatly missed.
    Marilyn & Bill Santin

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  12. Maureen Button/Nelson
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Such a kind and gentle man was Noel. Any time I ran into Noel for a conversation in Maple Leaf, he always had a smile with his lovely gentle voice, always helping where he could. Noel will be missed .
    Condolences to the Crawford Family.
    Maureen & Lloyd Nelson

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  13. Marjorie Miller
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Ann and family,
    So sorry to hear about Noel. He was a great guy, and I’m sure he will be sadly missed.
    Marj.Miller

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  14. Marion Mower
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Dear Ann, Lynn, Randy, Sharon and families
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Noel. We regret that circumstances prevent us from expressing our sympathy in person. Noel was a great neighbour and we enjoyed our many back yard chats over the years. He will be missed.
    Ron and Marion Mower

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  15. Rosemary Beange
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Ann, Lynn, Bob & family,
    Our sincere condolence to you on the passing of your husband and father. Sounds like he enjoyed his winters in Florida. He will be missed by family and friends.
    Sincerely,
    Allan & Rosemary Beange, Goderich, Ont.

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  16. Tom & Bonnie Bumstead
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Ann, Lynn, Randy, Sharon and families

    Bonnie and I spent many years in the family of Kin with Noel, Ann, Lynn and Bob and have many great memories with their friendship. Cherish the memories.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

    Tom & Bonnie

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  17. G Simpson
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Mrs Crawford, Lynn, Sharon, and my Bud Randy. What a honour to be able to meet your Father 20 yrs ago! I always looked forward to our talks for hrs around the Patio when we came to Meaford in the Summer! He was a very interesting Man. Also Randy he was quite a Gentlemen. I will also miss our Conversations about the thing we Had in Common Cancer! Thank You Noel for the Privilege to get to know You RIP Sir. Thanks Again Gerry & Freda Simpson!

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  18. Francis and Lynn Prentice
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Our sincere sympathy to The Crawford family. When my husband and I would visit my Mom, Verna Hodgkinson, Noel would wander over and Francis and him would get into a great discussion. Very good neighbor to Mom and Dad. He was well known far and wide and will be greatly missed

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  19. Rob and Donna Kearns
    Saturday, May 9, 2020

    Our memories from Kinsmen days are of you and Noel gliding around a dance floor. May all your wonderful memories and love you shared help heal your hearts.

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  20. Tom Philp
    Saturday, May 9, 2020

    Please allow me to add my sympathies. I met Noel and Ann when I was posted to Meaford in 1973 as a rookie OPP constable. For three weeks, the Hilltop was my home; made more so by the kindness and concern of the Crawfords. Although policing was my work and led me to meet many wonderful people in that region, Noel and Ann were my real introduction to Meaford, and why it was, and is an incredible place to call home. Rest in peace.

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  21. Wanda Wheeler
    Saturday, May 9, 2020

    Lynn and family,
    So very sorry for your loss.
    Wanda Wheeler

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  22. David Jacqueline & Bruce Merrifield
    Sunday, May 10, 2020

    Noel & Ann were our friends and next door neighbors in Maple Leaf Estates for 14 years. When we visited Ann & Noel in Meaford, we always had a free room for the night. The room was spotless.

    He was a very kind & caring person and took interest in you, not him. He contributed a majority of his time to his Meaford community & Maple Leaf as a leader. He sold more Lobster tickets than anyone
    He loved his family always and spoke highly of them. He loved Ann deeply and cared for her for 65 years.

    We offer our sincere condolences to Ann & all the family
    David Jacqueline & Bruce Merrifield

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  23. phil tan
    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Noel was a gentleman and a good friend that we met when we owned The Meaford Motel in 1981-1985.
    He was a very friendly and helpful guy from The Hilltop Motel and we learned a lot from him during our 5 wonderful years in Meaford.
    Rest in Peace.

    Grace & Phil Tan

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  24. Ria Bardeau
    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Dear Ann, Lynn, Sharon and Randy, I am so sorry to hear of Noel’s passing. Noel was such a friendly man and always had time to stop and talk. He will be missed
    Ria

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  25. Donna Binsted
    Friday, July 31, 2020

    To Ann and family, sorry to hear of Noel’s passing.
    Donna Binsted

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