We Remember


May 13, 1938 — January 12, 2019

Neil passed away peacefully with wife Kathy at his side after a 19-year battle with prostate cancer.  His loss is felt deeply by his wife Kathy, daughter Heather, grandsons Tyler, Quinten and Parker, sister Linda (Les) Payne and brother Jim.  Predeceased by son Michael and parents John and Mabel (Cox) Crawford.

Neil touched so many lives during his 34-year career in investment counselling with Royal Trust (now RBC) and made lasting friendships with colleagues and clients.  In retirement, Neil loved his winter home in Sun Lakes, AZ and travelling – especially cruising with Kathy. Neil’s life was full of adventure, great friends, golf, martinis and good wine.  He will be missed by many. All who knew Neil regarded him as a kind and gentle man.

Thank you to the Kelowna Hospice House where Neil was well cared for and spent his last month.

A celebration of Neil’s life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Prostate Cancer Canada, http://www.prostatecancer.ca or Central Okanagan Hospice Association – Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Prostate Cancer Canada or Central Okanagan Hospice Association - Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6 Link: www.prostatecancer.ca




  • Terrie Veltrie says:

    We so enjoyed knowing you, Neil! You and Kathy were always having “so much fun” … whether dancing, dining or cruising.
    You will be missed, and it was so nice to know you here in Sun Lakes. Larry & Terrie Veltrie

  • Kay Sommers says:

    I only knew Neil for a brief time, but it didn’t take long to love his fun wit and kind nature. I met him at the martini bar on a Holland America cruise and felt a kindred spirit. I always thought we would cruise together again, never realizing how fleeting life can be. You are missed my friend.

  • Tammy Visco (Humm) says:

    To Kathy and Family, my sincere condolences at the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I remember Neil at dinner parties with my parents. They liked him so much and so did I. He was such fun to be around, so smart, cultivated, interesting, and pleasant. When Sacha sent the message, I just gasped and had to sit down. He was a wonderful, kind person. I know he will be greatly missed.

  • Tim and Karen Stock says:

    Kathy, we are so sorry for your loss. No words can express our deepest sympathy. We loved hanging out with you and Neil. He was an awesome man and will truly be missed by all of his many, many friends!

  • Joanne Barton says:

    We share the pain of your loss, Kathy, Neil will bwe missed by his friends and family, He is at peace now.. Joanne Barton and Family.

  • Rick & Linda Nicholls says:

    Neil was not only a true gentleman, he was also a gentle soul. He will be sadly missed by his golfing friends from the Okanagan Golf Course. Rick and I are so sorry that we didn’t get to see him again after Christmas, and will remember with fondness and pleasure that we were able to spend time with him at the hospice prior to Christmas. Our deepest condolences to you, Kathy and also to Neil’s family.

  • Peter and Sharon Sloggett says:

    Our thoughts are with you Kathy and family. Very sorry to hear of Neil’s passing.

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