CROWE, Dou­glas R.

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

On the af­ter­noon of July 12, 2015, at Maple Hill Manor in New Water­ford, the heart of an amaz­ing man stopped beat­ing. Dou­glas Rod­er­ick Crowe, sur­rounded by his lov­ing and de­voted fam­ily, joined the love of his life Eileen into eter­nal life. Doug was born in New Water­ford on May 17, 1928, the fifth of 10 chil­dren of Brid­get( Mor­ri­son) and Neil Allan Crowe.

He at­tended school at St. Agnes. He was first em­ployed at Ea­ton's in New Water­ford at the age of 17, then later brushed in the coal mine at Num­ber 12 Col­liery. On Oc­to­ber 28, 1947, he mar­ried the beau­ti­ful Eileen Is­abel Gil­lis. He fol­lowed in his fa­ther's foot­steps when he joined the New Water­ford Po­lice Depart­ment on Dec. 24, 1954. Dad be­came chief of po­lice of the Town of New Water­ford in 1967. He was a great men­tor to the young po­lice cadets and was very proud to serve the com­mu­nity of New Water­ford un­til his re­tire­ment in 1993. He was ex­tremely proud when his son Wayne and grand­sons Tony and Mark chose a ca­reer in polic­ing, adding to the legacy started by his fa­ther.

Doug served as pres­i­dent of the Mar­itime Chiefs of Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion as well as pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Chiefs of Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion.

Through­out his life, Doug was com­mit­ted to the bet­ter­ment of his com­mu­nity, not only through his work but also through his in­volve­ment in many clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Since 1960 he was a de­voted and faith­ful mem­ber of the Parish of St. Leonard ( for­merly Mount Carmel parish). He was also a mem­ber of the Lions Club and Ro­tary Club. Doug served as a men­tor to young peo­ple through his in­volve­ment with the Royal Cana­dian Sea Cadets. He was a mem­ber of the Syd­ney Curl­ing Club where he thor­oughly en­joyed play­ing tara­bish with his many friends. He was an avid golfer and a mem­ber of the Lin­gan Golf and Coun­try Club.

Doug and Eileen en­joyed a life filled with love, laugh­ter, danc­ing, en­ter­tain­ing friends and fam­ily and serv­ing their com­mu­nity. By far their great­est and proud­est ac­com­plish­ment was their chil­dren. They were com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a lov­ing and happy home not only for their four chil­dren but they also opened their home to many ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers in need of a lov­ing fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment.

Af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing death of his wife Eileen in 1988, Doug took on the role of both Dad and Mom to his chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. He con­tin­ued his rou­tine of cook­ing Sun­day din­ner (as he al­ways did for Eileen to give her a break from cook­ing). Upon her death he also learned to bake to ful­fil another void left by the loss of Eileen. Although his chil­dren ral­lied around him af­ter the death of their Mom, Doug's main con­cern was for the health and wel­fare of ev­ery­one but him­self. His gift of hu­mour, car­ing, de­vo­tion and won­der­ful culi­nary skills led to the con­tin­ued tra­di­tion of Sun­day din­ners at Papa Doug's filled with laugh­ter, great con­ver­sa­tion and a to­geth­er­ness not al­ways ex­pe­ri­enced in to­day's fast paced so­ci­ety.

Doug is sur­vived by his son Wayne (Bar­bara) and their sons Tony (Alysia), Robert (Kristy) and Mark (April), his daugh­ter Deb­bie (Ger­ard) Mac­Don­ald and their chil­dren Kelly (Todd) and Ryan ( Jo­hanne), sons Shaun (Bill) and David (Michelle) and their daugh­ters Cait­lyn (Dy­lan) and Kristin. He was the proud great-grand­fa­ther to Seth, Nate, Piper and Jor­dyn. Also sur­viv­ing are Doug's sis­ters Kay (Clarence) Samp­son, Glace Bay, Nancy Cor­bett, Aca­dia House, Maple Hill Manor and brother Char­lie (Cavell), New Water­ford and his mother-in-law El­iz­a­beth Gil­lis. He is also sur­vived by many nieces and neph­ews whom he loved dearly. Doug was a great fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, great-grand­fa­ther, fa­ther-in-law, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, men­tor and friend to many peo­ple who have been for­tu­nate enough to be a part of the life and legacy of this great man.

Be­sides his par­ents and wife Eileen, Doug was pre­de­ceased by his son Billy in in­fancy in 1948, his son Shaun's for­mer part­ner War­ren P. Mac­Don­ald Q.C. in 1997 and his fa­ther-in­law and great friend Jim Gil­lis in 1989. He was also pre­de­ceased by his sib­lings Laugh­lin (aka Buster), Alexan­der, Re­nee (Teddy), Jackie (Larry ), Dee ( John) and Mary (Bernie) and his brother-in-law Wal­lace Cor­bett. Also pre­de­ceas­ing him were sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

The fam­ily would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the won­der­ful staff of Maple Hill Manor for their care and con­cern for Dad over the past few months. We would also like to thank Theresa Poirier, Susie Head and Mil­dred Ber­nasky who as­sisted Dad in main­tain­ing his home in the years fol­low­ing the loss of Eileen. A very big thankyou goes out to a spe­cial lady, Carmella Lee, who gen­er­ously gave up her room at Maple Hill Manor in the days prior to Doug's pass­ing. This en­abled the fam­ily to rally around and care for Dad with the pri­vacy and re­spect he so de­served. It also gave us an op­por­tu­nity to pri­vately share in our grief through the sto­ry­telling that Dad so en­joyed!

Cre­ma­tion has taken place. Vis­i­ta­tion for Chief Dou­glas Crowe (re­tired) will be held Thurs­day, July 16, 2015, from 5-9 p.m. at V.J. McGil­livray Fu­neral Home, 380 Smith St., New Water­ford. A fu­neral mass to celebrate the life of this won­der­ful man will be held Fri­day, July 17, 2015, at 10 a.m. in the Parish Church of St. Leonard's, Mount Carmel Av­enue with Fr. Ray Hunt­ley of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Ceme­tery, shar­ing a plot with our mother, with a lun­cheon to fol­low at St. Leonard’s Parish Hall, Con­vent Street, New Water­ford.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety, Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Canada or a char­ity of one's choice.

Online ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy may be sent to the fam­ily at www.vjm­cgillivray.ca. "His charm­ing ways and smil­ing face are a plea­sure to re­call. He had a kindly word for each And died beloved by all.”

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