Ted Crawford passed away on Sept. 15, 2016 at the High Prairie Regional Health Complex at the age of 69 years. He had a double lung transplant on Oct. 20, 2005 and after about 11 years they started to fail. Often, he did not feel very well.
Ted was born on a farm at home in the Banana Belt where his aunt Margaret Crawford attended his birth. He was born on April 12, 1947. He grew up on the family farm and went to school in the Banana Belt. It was a small one-room school with one teacher.
After many years in the Banana Belt his family decided to move to Dawson Creek, B.C. where Ted’s father was employed. Ted and the rest of his brothers and sisters went to school there. When Ted was old enough he went to school but worked in Woolworths store after school and on weekends.
As he grew older he decided to work in a sawmill where he worked one winter. There, he learned to run cats and worked on many construction jobs. He worked on a pipeline that went to Prince Rupert, B.C. After that he had many jobs and worked south of Fort Macleod, Saskatchewan and northern British Columbia.
He worked for about 15 years for Caribou Construction in Peace River. He also worked in the Northwest Territories and the Arctic where he moved camps, and hauled oil across the tundra and ice. He also made landing strips for planes to land that hauled men and freight.
He also worked on the construction of High Prairie water holding dam near the airport.
He married Maxine Graham on April 28, 1984. They had one daughter, Velda. He farmed and raised cattle in the Gilwood area for 35 years.
Ted always liked horses and liked to do riding. While he was farming he drove school bus for 12 years and after hauled logs.
Ted was predeceased by: his father, Theodore Crawford; and sisters Jean Lazarko and Beverly McDermott.
Ted leaves to mourn: his wife Maxine; daughter Velda Pearson [Dusty]; and grandsons Earl and Tyler; his mother, Marie Dayus; sisters Phoebe Stewart [Rodney], Kathy McMillan [Scott], Tammy Venini [Dale]; and brothers Bill Crawford [Emma], Dan Crawford, and Tom Crawford; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.