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We regret to announce that Rotarian John Crawford McMillan has passed away on January 13th 2011 at the age of 95 years. Our thoughts sympathy and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Crawford McMillan will be fondly remembered by all of us at the Selkirk Rotary Club as a good friend and for his many years of service and achievements through Rotary to our community. Crawford was a early Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Selkirk since March 29, 1937 and a President of the Club in 1968-69. He held many other offices and positions over the years and in his retirement was awarded the Rotary Club's Official Honorary Membership status for his many years as a very active member and being a strong advocate for many worthwhile Rotary projects that benefited the residents of Selkirk and other Humanitarian projects all over the world.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday, Jan.21 at 11:00 am in the Selkirk United Church. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations be made to the Selkirk United Church Building Fund, 202 McLean Avenue, Box 67, Selkirk, MB R1A 2B1.  

JOHN CRAWFORD MCMILLAN May 24, 1915 - January 13, 2011 It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Big Papa , Crawford McMillan on January 13, 2011 at Red River Place Personal Care Home, Selkirk, MB. Crawford will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 23 years, Ellma, sons Alan (Linda) of Surrey, BC, Dale (Linda) of Selkirk, MB, Alan's children Paul (Megan) of White Rock, BC, Craig (Erika) and great-grandchild, Rachel of Valencia, CA, and Paul and Craig's mother, Bonnie of Surrey, BC, Dale and Linda's family, Kier (John) and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Miranda of East St. Paul, MB, Ellma's family, Rick (Pat) Dewar of Winnipeg, MB, their family Andy (Brenda) and great-grandchildren Ava and Ethan of East Selkirk, MB, and Kim, of Winnipeg, MB. Crawford will be fondly remembered by special nephew, Don (Faye) Sawyer and family of Victoria, BC. Don spent much of his youth with the McMillan family in Clandeboye, MB. Crawford is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Crawford was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret on December 28, 1985 and infant son, Lynn Emerson in 1944. Crawford was born to John and Eva McMillan on May 24, 1915 in Griswold, MB and was one of 10 brothers and sisters and is survived by sister, Yvonne of Brandon, MB. Crawford graduated from Normal School (Teacher's College) in 1936 and started his teaching career in Elva, MB. He and Margaret were married on June 11, 1938 and moved to Clandeboye in 1940 where Crawford took on the position of Principal at Clandeboye School. He moved his family to Selkirk in 1950 and started his insurance career. In 1953, he purchased an existing brokerage from Ruth Gordon located in the Tovell Block on Clandeboye Avenue in Selkirk and subsequently moved to the current Main Street location in 1963. Crawford was active in the insurance industry until his retirement in 1979. McMillan Insurance was rebranded to ONE Insurance Group in 2010 and continues to carry on through Crawford's entrepreneurial spirit. During their retirement years, Crawford and Margaret enjoyed travelling to Scotland and Texas, and frequently to British Columbia, spending time with family. Crawford enjoyed golf, was actively involved in the Robert Smith remedial reading program, and volunteered as a driver to take people to their medical appointments. He loved a good game of crib, and was an avid fan of hockey, curling, and baseball. Crawford and Ellma met while attending Selkirk United Church and were married on October 15, 1987. They enjoyed many happy years travelling together before health issues caused Crawford's move to Red River Place in January 2004 where he was wonderfully and respectfully cared for until his death. We gratefully appreciate and thank the staff for caring for our Crawford. Crawford's proudest moments were celebrating the accomplishments of his family. His community accomplishments involved the Kinsmen Club, Rotary Club of Selkirk, Masonic Lodge, and his service as a Councilor for the Town of Selkirk. He ran for the Federal Liberal Party in 1962 and was actively involved with the Selkirk United Church. Crawford enjoyed all who came to visit him while in the Care Home and appreciated each one, but always looked forward to the many special visits with Ellma, and regular visits with his boys, family, and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Miranda, who affectionately called him Big Papa . The family would like to again thank the staff of Red River Place and Dr. R. Lindenschmidt who cared for Crawford. Your kindness and support over the years is so much appreciated. Crawford will be lovingly remembered not only by his family and friends, but all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations be made to the Selkirk United Church Building Fund, 202 McLean Avenue, Box 67, Selkirk, MB R1A 2B1. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.