RICHARD OLIVER (DICK) CRUMP His family announces with sadness his passing on December 23, 2013 in Toronto, from complications of Parkinson's disease. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, April 8, 1927, Dick was the fifth of six children, and spent his summers on Uncle Frank's farm near Pense. In 1944, he doctored his birth certificate to join the Canadian Armed Forces, but the war ended before he could be shipped overseas. He was nonetheless the beneficiary of a government programme that provided financial support for veterans to attend university. He chose the University of British Columbia, which provided not only a degree in Commerce in 1949, but also the good fortune to meet Anne McGovern, his life partner. Dick and Anne were married in 1955. Two children, John and Michael, followed as Dick and Anne moved to Ottawa, Thunder Bay, and then Toronto as Dick pursued a long, successful career with Sears as a buyer and ultimately Manager of Quality Control. After taking early retirement in 1985, Dick discovered a new passion: teaching fashion and accounting at Sheridan College near Toronto. He had only recently retired again when Anne died suddenly, in April 1994. Following his loss, Dick focused on his growing crop of grandchildren and was often found at hockey rinks, soccer fields and music concerts, in Toronto and Ottawa. His lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community service was inspiring. Dick leaves behind sons Michael and John, daughters-in-law Laurie Green and Leslie Cole, and grandchildren Emily, Hannah, Ethan, Owen, Maggie, Rosalind, and Sophie, as well as elder brothers Tom, Eric and David, and baby sister Sheila DeRose. His warmth, humour, equanimity and unfailing kindness will be sorely missed. His great spirit sustained him through his long struggle with Parkinson's, and he showed us that every day is a gift no matter how dire the circumstances. We would like to express our eternal gratitude to Nadine, Sharon, Rosalie and Patricia, Richard's caregivers, for their superb care and unwavering devotion over the last 3 1/2 years. A celebration of Dick's life will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Turner & Porter Funeral Home, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of Jane. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Parkinson Society Canada or Parkinson Disease Research, Movement Disorders Programme, Toronto Western Hospital (Dr. Susan Fox). Online condolences may be made at www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2013