Donald Ralph Crichton

Don passed away peacefully in his sleep, in his home, exactly as he had wished, in Nelson BC.

Don was a wonderful man in so many ways. He was a strong advocate for natural and alternative health care. He lived the lifestyle that he preached, fully, with intent and resolve. Don would occasionally enlighten others, when concerned for their well being, often with positive results and always with the best of intentions. Don had a strong will and focused opinion, which created quick clarity as to his views, a testament to his strength of character.

We all remember him as such a fun, loving man. He loved poetry, French folk songs, playing the ukulele and leading group songs. He was always the life of the party and had a way of creating camaraderie amongst a group. Don was also a passionate inventor. His children can name many of his inventions including the “blab off”, a precursor to the mute button. These projects kept Don’s creative mind occupied and were a great source of conversation and speculation.

Don was born in Ottawa Ontario, the youngest of four children. He was a Navigator in the RCAF during World War II, and became a Flight Lieutenant by the end of the war. Don graduated from Queen’s University in 1947 as a mechanical engineer. He married June Mullan in 1945. They lived in Pointe Claire, Quebec for 45 years before moving to Nelson, BC in 1996.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife June, and their five daughters, Gail (Stevie), Carolyn (Otis), Debbie (Dana), Cindy (Sal), Shelley (Norman), 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

At Don’s request there will not be a funeral.

And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass

Among the Guests Star-scattered on the Grass,

And in thy joyous Errand reach the Spot

Where I made one-turn down an empty Glass!

-Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam


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