Obituary of Erle Windsor CRAWFORD

December 14, 1941 – Doaktown, New Brunswick   
June 3, 2020 – Cochrane, Alberta   

Erle Windsor Crawford passed away suddenly at home in Cochrane, AB, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.


Erle was born in Doaktown, NB, the son of John and Jeanette (Hovey) Crawford. Erle served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1960 - 1965. He was deployed overseas as part of the UN peacekeeping force CDN SIG SQD #56 in Egypt occupied Gaza Strip from 1963 -1964. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #15 of Cochrane, AB.


He worked many jobs including Dofasco Steel in Hamilton, ON, Alcan in Kitimat, BC, and his latest at Springhill Wine and Spirits in Cochrane, AB.


He was an avid musician, playing many instruments. He played solo, and in bands with his friends playing country and bluegrass music.   Moonshine was his longest standing band out of the Kitimat/Terrace, BC area. He played in telethons, music festivals, fairs, dances, nursing homes, hospitals, birthdays, and even videos for his great grandkids. He lived and breathed music.


He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of almost fifty-nine years, Mary (Lingelbach), his daughter Tracy (Ken Petley), his grandchildren, Jennifer Petley (Jerimy Earl), John Petley (Rochenda), and Jessica Petley. His great-granddaughters, Abigail Earl, Leanna, and Ariya Petley.


He is also survived and missed by his Uncle George and Aunt Elaine Crawford, and Aunt Carolyne Atkinson. His siblings, Lorna Rogers, Phyllis (Jerry) Burke, and his brother Keith Crawford. His sisters-in-law, Joey Crawford and Sonya Martin.


His nieces and nephews, Bonnie and John Rogers, Jackie and Jon Crawford, Herb and Christa Burke, Lance Crawford and numerous great-nieces and nephews.  His cousins, Connie, Pam, Donna, Anna May, Gary, Darrel, Sharon, Leslie, Peter, Jamie, Corey, and Thea.  As well as his many friends from across Canada.


He is predeceased by his daughter Michele, his parents, his brothers, Johnny and Hal, his brother-in-law George Rogers, and his cousin Rick Walls.


If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Erle’s memory may be made directly to The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 15, 114 Fifth Ave, Cochrane, AB T4C 1A5, Telephone: (403) 932-2011.


Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Erle’s obituary at


Thank you from the family to the EMT’s, the RCMP, Jeannie Summerhays, Dillon Sharpe, Karen, Denis, and Sean Veraart for your help during Erle’s passing.


In living memory of Erle Crawford, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2,   Telephone: 403-932-4740.

Share Your Memory of