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Publication: Globe and Mail, The
Issue: 19 February 2008, page R9
Title: ALTA FERN GLEESON CREWE (Death Notice)
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Tuesday February 19, 2008
ALTA FERN GLEESON CREWE 31 OCTOBER 1905 17 FEBRUARY 2008 At the age of 102 has gone to join her husband, Grant Crewe, her parents, Angus Bruce Gleeson and Margaret Adelaide Peet, of South Buxton, her granddaughter Kathleen, her brother Ivan Gleeson (Laura Gosnell) of Chatham, sister Pearl (Bertram Wright) of Merlin, all her in-laws and many others she knew and loved. Those who will miss her but celebrate her life are her sister Ola (John Duncan) of Florida, and her only child Nola Crewe and son-in-law Harold Nelson, her grandson Derbyshire Crewe, his wife Vitoryha Shields, their children, Grant and Devon; Kathleen's two children, Savannah and Dylan; her granddaughter Morgana Crewe and husband Michael Kozurok; her granddaughter Verity Crewe-Nelson and husband Alexander Austriaco and their daughters, Ella and Olivia; her granddaughter Victoria Crewe-Nelson, her husband Craig Moore and their son Graeme; and many nephews and nieces. A talented woman who loved and excelled in sports, the Boulevard Club was her home away from home since 1932 (known then as the Parkdale Canoe Club) when she married and moved to Toronto. Fern enjoyed both work and play, and from her early days as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, through a variety of careers, Fern returned to work as a curling pro when her husband died in 1965 and continued working until she was 85. Living independently in her Parkdale apartment, bridge, curling, oil painting, bowling, travel and her family occupied her years in retirement until at the age of 97 she moved to Chester Village following a stroke. She will rest at the home of her daughter at 74 Riverdale Avenue, Toronto on Wednesday 20 February 2008 and friends are invited to call between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Her funeral will take place at the Wycliffe College Chapel, 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday 21 February 2008. She will be interred with Grant at the Erie Cemetery, Wheatley, Ontario. Fern loved flowers, but would also appreciate contributions to The Heart and Stroke Foundation in her memory.