Obituary for Norma Tose (Crawford)
TOSE, Norma (née Crawford) – On the 11th of June 2017 at Haliburton Hospital, aged 90 years. Norma Tose, beloved wife and dear companion of the late Stanley Leroy Tose; cherished mother of Walter and Aggie Tose (Haliburton), Susan (Haliburton), Barbara (Ottawa), Margaret and Simon Grocock (Brauncewell, England), Ellen and her husband Hugh Briggs (Thunder Bay); much loved grandmother to Molly Grocock (Jonathan Brady), Thomas Grocock (Melanie Horbury); Andy Dawson (Adelle Martiuk), Terry Casey, Kelly MacBride (Matt); Jason Briggs, Ashley Main (Josh), Kristen Briggs; great-grandmother of Cole Briggs, Emma, Jaxen and Anson Casey, Zoe Stewart, Jonas and Julius Main and Bella Brady. Predeceased by her parents and three sisters Shirley Withers, Phyllis Edwards and Doris Crawford.
Born 29 August 1926, the third daughter of William Leslie Crawford and Audrey Wright, Norma grew up in the community surrounding Camlachie, Ontario. She married Stan on the 21st of May 1949 in London, Ontario, taking on the role of minister’s wife. After one year at Queen’s University she added mother to her duties, a role she was particularly suited for. She went willingly to wherever Stan’s career took him finally settling in Paris Ontario in 1959. Music was always a big part of her life and she taught piano at home until she was hired, as much for her nurturing personality as for her musical skills, by W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind in Brantford. She retired from there in 1990 to spend time with her expanding family. She enjoyed traveling, especially to see Margaret’s growing family in Britain. Her greatest happiness was to spend time at the family cottage surrounded by family and friends. She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church in Paris and enjoyed the fellowship at Zion United Church in Carnarvon while at the cottage. She was an inquisitive person and was always an avid reader. Interested in everything from history to astronomy, she was most fascinated by human nature and “studied” people in her quiet, unintrusive way. She was always generous and kind, believing in the goodness of everyone. She lived a good and full life and will be missed by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank Dr. Stephenson, Dr. Dawson and the staff of the ER and Acute Care Units at the Haliburton Hospital for their exceptional kindness and compassion.
A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Sunday, the 25th of June 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Donations to St. Paul’s United Church or the 4Cs Food Bank & Lily Ann (Christian Community Concern Centre) in Haliburton would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers. On-line condolences or donations may be arranged through www.wmkippfuneralhome.com or by contacting Wm. Kipp 519-442-3061.