Lloyd Frederick Crate, 89, patriarch of the Crate family and leader in the boating industry, passed away peacefully at home on August 12 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Toronto in 1925, Crate had eight brothers and sisters. His parents Fred and Bessie moved their family to Keswick, Ontario in 1930 to establish F.S. Crate & Sons. His legacy is carried on today by his four children and through their marina operations.
At 18 years of age Crate went to war where he proudly served in the infantry with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. During his three years of service in Germany and Holland he narrowly escaped several brushes with death, memories of which haunted him until his final days.
For the last six years, Crate fought his own health battles on the home front and was able to remain at home thanks to the compassionate care of Donna, Bev, Marilyn, Dr. Burrows and all of the wonderful support staff.
Loving and honouring him forever are his children; Brian and Heather, Lynn and Wayne, Greg and Karen, and Steven and Robin. Loving Poppy of Jason (Julia), Cory (Tami), Dan (Krista), Stephanie (Trevor), Melissa (Aaron), Michelle (Sean), Nicole (Nick), Ryan, Brandon, Emily, Jessica, Katie, and Carley, and Great Poppy of Jacob, Josh, Cole, Luke, Cam, Elle, Brennen, and Tyler. Dear brother of June Whiting. He will be fondly remembered by Angie, Jerry and Shona and his best friend Duke. Predeceased by his dear wife, Helen (nee McLaughlin), his parents; Fred and Bessie, his siblings; Anne, Vivian, Maude, Shirley, John, Harry and Stella.
Lovingly remembered by his extended family and many friends. – See more at: www.forrestandtaylor.com/tribute/details/654/Lloyd_Frederick_Crate/obituary.html#tribute-startâ€¨â€¨Resting at the Forrest and Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral service will take place in Knox United Church, 34 Market Street, Sutton, on Friday at 2:00 p.m., cremation to follow. Interment of cremated remains at a later date in Queensville Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Memorial condolences may be made at www.forrestandtaylor.com