Remembering Theresa Margaret Crawford Brown


Yesterday doing some research I found this obituary of Theresa Brown. After I read it, I was very sad I had never met this woman as she seemed so so nice. Therefore I am documenting this forever.

Teresa Margaret Crawford Brown  Thursday May 27th 2021 

Teresa was born September 21, 1953 at 2:30 A.M. in the morning in Old Almonte General Hospital. Teresa is the youngest of four children. Leo, Pauline, Ken & Teresa. She told everybody they kept the best till the last. She grew up on her parents’ family farm. James & Margaret Brown of Corkery just outside of Almonte.

After Teresa completed High School in Carleton Place,she took a one year Sewing & Designing course in Ottawa. After that she worked 2 1/2 Years at Charles Oglives doing alterations. Due to the shortage of work Teresa decided it was time to move on. She then joined The Public Service Alliance of Canada » on Friday, September 10, 1976.

Teresa had many hobbies & sports. Knitting, sewing, crocheting, quilting, camping, Alley Bowling, euchre, playing her electric organ, lawn bowling, skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ATV with her husband. Never ask Teresa if it is cold outside as she will reply; if you like Winter sports you won’t find the cold.

After Teresa’s father James passed away in October 1982, her Mother sold the family farm and she and Teresa moved into a new house in Almonte. For those of us who thought Teresa only brought her car to work for shopping, they soon realized that Teresa brought her car for other reasons. She said she had to meet a man, a man who could cook. The staff at work told her to « dream on ». Finally, the day came and Teresa had met the man, his name is Gary Crawford from Merrickville who became her husband and he is an excellent cook. They met in September 1989 and were engaged December 25, 1990.

The staff at work were shocked when Teresa told them that she had gotten engaged and getting married October 4th, 1991. The following Spring they built a new house outside of Merrickville. Teresa always looked forward to her daily bus rides to work. This way, she could read, knit, talk or sleep. Gary would say; « how was your day and did you bug anybody »? She would reply; « not too many, only those who deserved it ». People soon found out bug Teresa first and she won’t bug you. Everyone at work or on the bus would agree to that.

She always looked forward to her hot suppers. If Gary had to work late, Teresa had a casserole ready for him.. Sometimes Gary had a Fire Call or snow plowed and she got caught and had to make supper. Needless to say, the Bus Driver always had a comment and made sure to rub it in. Teresa would reply; you can come in and cook it for me, but there were no offers.

Gary and Teresa always looked forward to the bus trips to the International Plowing Matches held in Southern Ontario and the numerous Fall Fairs and Craft shows. In the Springtime, Teresa looked forward to watching her perennials come to bloom. She would then plant her marigolds, flowering cabbages and other various flowers. The neighbors called their home

the house of all seasons as her flowers would bloom from Spring right up to Christmas. Everyone enjoyed her old fashion mums, the cabbages and sedum. Gary liked to water her flowers and he did an excellent job. He always looked forward to his Sunday suppers from Dwyer Hill, St. Patrick’s Day in the spring and going to Mount St. Patrick in September and other events. Teresa always said the way to a man’s heart is to feed him and that she did.

Remember,if you are going to have lunch with anyone, don’t put it off as you will never know what will happen. If you are thinking or talking about me, stop and say a prayer. You never know when you will need one yourself.

I want to Thank each and everyone for coming to my Funeral. Enjoy your lunch and have a good day.

Till we meet again. Teresa May 16, 2013

Teresa Margaret Crawford (nee Brown)

In the arms of her loving husband, Teresa passed peacefully at Smiths Falls District Hospital on May 27, 2021 at the age of 67 years. Beloved wife of Gary Crawford. Predeceased by her parents James Brown and Margaret Tims. Will be sadly missed by her brothers Leo Brown (Ruth) and Ken Brown (Vivian), her sister Pauline Kelly (Don) and many nieces and nephews.

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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  1. Dear Gary. I realize you don’t know me but I had known Teresa from when we worked in Ottawa and quite often we went out on the weekends to live music together. My deepest condolences to you on the loss of an angel with a wonderful sense of humor.


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