Jacqueline Louise Crawford
1939 - 2022
Obituary of Jacqueline Louise Crawford
January 17, 1939 to March 31, 2022
With love, strength and fortitude right up until her final breath, our beloved mother and gramma, Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Crawford, left us to be with her Lord and rejoin her husband James in a heavenly reunion. Jackie leaves behind her three children, Jim (Leanne) Crawford, Cheryl (Ron) Polidori and Jeff (Kelly) Crawford who will miss her unconditional love, passionate support, wisdom and guidance. Jackie was the extremely proud Gramma of ten grandchildren: Kyle (Chloe) and Jordan Crawford; Andrea, Lucas and Erika Polidori; Jennifer, Daniel, Katherine and Kharington Crawford and Danika Atkinson. Jackie is predeceased by her sister Pat Clout and will be deeply missed by her sister Jeannette Kalynuik and brother John MacDonald (Dorothy Kilday). Also grieving are her sisters-in-law Carol-Ann (Peter) Klotz, Maud Crawford and brother-in-law Ken Dorman.
Jackie exuded happiness and positivity in her words, actions and demeanor. She had a captivating smile and infectious energy that made people feel immediately comfortable and welcome in her presence. The home that Jackie and Jim created together was the focal point of all teenage activities for Jim Jr., Cheryl, Jeff and their friends. There were many Christmas, New Years and March Break events that centered at the humble abode of 974 Steele Street with Jackie and Jim Sr. happily hosting and enjoying the crazy antics of the teenage crowd.
Jackie loved to laugh and have fun! Countless photos show Jackie with her sparkling smile or erupting in laughter, enjoying the company of her family and friends. As everyone knows, Jackie’s motto was “Who has more fun than people?”, and she certainly lived up to this saying. Jackie loved to dance, whether it was as part of the chorus with PCOS, at a wedding reception, or in the living room with the kids. Jackie always supported youth in baseball, and when the time presented itself, she became a valued member of the competitive slow-pitch baseball team called the “Sportaculars.” They represented Canada across our own country and in the United States. Jackie and her team were three-time World Champions, and earned three World-Series Rings in their division.
Residing her whole life in Port Colborne, Jackie was a very active member of the community. Port Colborne Operatic Society, Port Colborne Comettes, Arabella’s Tea Room, and the Port Colborne Museum were all places where Jackie made her mark and contributed to her community.
As a faithful parishioner of St. John Bosco Church since childhood, Jackie continued to support her faith community by being a lay-reader and a dedicated member of the monthly clean-up crew for the church.
Jackie worked as an elementary school secretary at St. John Bosco and St. Patrick School from 1975 until the late 1980s before transferring to Lakeshore Catholic High School, working as the Guidance Secretary and then the Head Secretary in the main office until she retired in 2004. Even after retirement, Jackie continued her involvement in the school community, assisting with graduation ceremonies and working lovingly with students with special needs who benefitted from her genuine caring nature while she traveled with them as a bus monitor for many years.
Just as Jackie strove to support and give to her community, she was also very appreciative of the support of various friends and healthcare professionals who lovingly and compassionately provided her with care and dignity in the final years of her life. We wish to extend a special hug and thanks to the PSWs (Shirlene, Brianne, Rachel and Donna) who assisted Mom on a daily basis with her care. Dr. Remington, Dr. Scher, Jocelyn, and Becky of the Palliative Care Team were instrumental in helping Mom to transition peacefully and comfortably.
Mom and Dad were inseparable from the time of their first date in the late 1950’s, until 2020 when Dad passed away. We all believe that Mom obliged Dad with his final beckoning, “Well Jackie, …??” as he waited patiently for her to join him. We are comforted in the knowledge that they are now reunited forever, holding hands and smiling down on us together with love.
“We love you to the moon and back!”
Jackie’s family will receive friends at the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 179 Clarence Street, Port Colborne on Monday, April 11, 2022 from 2 – 4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church, 375 Main Street with Father Peter Walton as celebrant. Cremation will follow the service. There will be a private burial of James and Jackie’s cremated remains at a later date.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made to St. John Bosco Church.
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