Don McCrady of Edmonton, Alberta passed away Sunday, February 6 at Roozen Family Hospice Centre.
He was a much-loved son, brother, uncle, partner in life, friend, and puppy papa. Traveling through life in his own unique way (a beautiful mix of curious spirit, imp, curmudgeon, and just a good guy. His quick intelligent quips and humour brightened our lives and lightened our hearts.
Curious about the complexities and subtleties of people and life, he travelled around the world on foot and by motorbike; valued nature, art, music, poetry, and literature; painted, finger picked and strummed on his guitars, tried his own hand at poetry, attended live music, and shared these passions with others.
Don worked to live, not lived to work at Air Canada and Canada Post, retiring at 65 in 2017.
Don never outlived his love for the west coast where he grew up. He loved the natural world and was a strong supporter of the environment. Don and Heather had many adventures kayaking, sailing, hiking, canoeing, trips to “the cabin”, and camping. He created many paintings of the ocean and in recent days likened his experience in an oscillating air bed at the hospital like a sea otter floating on its back peacefully.
Don endeared himself to hospital staff, and caregivers through his humour, gentle spirit, and kind words. His value of life sustained him in his final days.
Don is survived by his wife Heather Mattson McCrady, brother Ross McCrady, sister-in-law Betty Ann, nieces Jennifer (Scott) Smith, Kimberly (Bruce) MacDonald and nephew Scott McCrady; brother and sister-in-laws Elizabeth (Ralph) Whenham, Dann (Deb) Mattson, Barb (Brian) Houff, Bruce (Bebe) Mattson and numerous nieces & nephews and great nieces and nephews on Heather’s side of the family, along with many dear friends. Predeceased by parents Margaret and Elwood McCrady. Should you wish, donations can be made in Don’s name to: Pilgrims Hospice Society, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society or The Mustard Seed Edmonton.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
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