Rodney Crown

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Rodney H. CROWN

October 27, 1947 - July 23, 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Rodney Herbert Crown. Rod grew up in Willowdale, Ontario, now a part of Toronto. Rod early on developed a love of cross-country running and an equal love of time spent at the family cottage on Balsam Lake with his mother, June (nee Hamilton, of Ottawa), father, Herbert and younger brother, Jerry. Rod excelled at school and graduated with honours from University of Toronto, then went on to study law at U of T Law School, called to the Bar of Ontario in 1976 and later earned a Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Rod loved life, was a prodigious reader of history and poetry; and good food and wine, his Porsche and most of all his time spent with his family, Elaine, Peter and Neil Glossop and their families.

Rod leaves his brother, Jerry and his wife Francine Pelletier, many cousins and aunts and uncles in Toronto and Ottawa.

Rod would delight in taking his Mom for a martini and a fine dinner at Oro's every Friday evening. His admiration for German culture and cars was well-known to us all and it was very fitting that Germany recently won the World Cup.  He was particularly well-read and could discuss philosophy or politics with great feeling and passion. 

Rod was a friend to many and a mentor to all.  He loved children and devoted time volunteering at Sickkids Hospital.  He was an honorary uncle to the children of all his friends and delighted in their achievements and pursuits.

Rod's career exemplified his many good qualities, particularly his love of learning and his generosity of spirit.  He was instrumental in building the practice of corporate/commercial law at Ontario Hydro and its successor, Hydro One. He was also General Counsel of Ontario Hydro International Inc. for 12 years.  His career can best be described as one in which his advice was always sought and respected. He made time for his colleagues and was devoted to his work, which he truly enjoyed.  Rod's life as a lawyer was made richer by his ability to work collaboratively with others and by his selfless approach to helping others.  Rod will be deeply missed by his many colleagues and friends in the industry and the legal profession.

We would like to thank Fr. Thomas Lim for his prayers and guiding Rod to the Catholic faith.  We would also like to thank Drs. Helen Mackay and John Bryson, Miranda and the staff of Princess Margaret Hospital and all of Rod's caregivers who devoted themselves to ensuring Rod enjoyed quality of life during his illness.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation would be greatly appreciated. 

Visitation will be at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Sunday, July 27th from 2-4  and 7-9 p.m.  A Funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan Avenue (Yonge south of Lawrence) on Monday, July 28th at 11 a.m.  Private cremation.  Condolences may be made at


Published in the Toronto Star from July 25 to July 26, 2014
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