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Ann Crandell
Thursday, December 7, 2017
at age

St. Paul's Cemetery, Innisfil.


A Celebration of Life service followed by a lunch reception in the church hall will be held on Saturday, January 6th at 11:00am at St. George’s Anglican Church in Barrie, Ontario.


Ann Crandell (nee Kissick) August 14, 1935 - December 7, 2017

At peace, in her home, cradled in the arms of her three daughters, as she courageously chose to end her suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).Grieving her loss are Ann's three children and their spouses: Karen Blakely (John), Dawn Crandell (Joseph Muller), and Beverly Crandell (Christopher Worth), and her 5 grandchildren Andrew & Adam Blakely, Earl Muller, Claire & Graham Worth. She is predeceased by her father (Frederick Kissick), brother (Ronald Kissick), and mother (Margaret Kissick) and husband (Gordon).

Ann graduated from the University of Toronto in 1957 with a degree in Physical Education, and she taught Phys. Ed for a number of years before starting her family. Ann loved and was deeply loved by her husband Gordon in their marriage of 55 years.  She was a tireless, patient and fiercely committed caregiver to Gord as he endured his long struggle with Parkinson's disease, ending in December 2015.

Bridges were a common theme in Ann's life. Ann married a civil engineer who built bridges.   She too built many bridges, connecting people, communities and causes through her friendships which spanned decades and geography.  She took great enjoyment in a spirited game of Bridge and had a cadre of adoring lifelong friends who gathered weekly to share in cards and their lives. 

Ann believed strongly in giving to her community and those around her, volunteering for over a decade with the Royal Victoria Hospital auxiliary and coffee bar and serving her church  through the years as organist, choirmaster, chorister, altar guild member, and event organizer her whole life.  She drove patients for the cancer society and always found time to volunteer her talents to various charitable organizations.  Ann was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Barrie (of which Gord was a faithful member), in recognition for her service and commitment.

Ann took pride in maintaining a well-run, peaceful home.   She spoiled her family with baked goods, homemade jams, wonderful meals and joyful holiday memories.  She and Gordon loved to entertain friends at their house and cottage.  The household often rang with laughter and friendship because of her generous hospitality. 

The family is thankful for the small army of personal support workers, therapists, nurses and doctors who provided gentle and thoughtful care for Ann during her illness.  In particular, we would like to thank Holly Bradley and Terri Partyka for the care and deep compassion that extended to Ann and the entire family.

We are also deeply grateful for the compassionate care Dr. Brian Morris provided to Ann during her illness, and his courage and leadership in offering her the choice of a dignified death.  

A private interment occurred on Saturday, December 9th, 2017.  A Celebration of Life service followed by a lunch reception in the church hall will be held on Saturday, January 6th at 11:00am at St. George’s Anglican Church in Barrie, Ontario.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the ALS Society of Canada in Ann’s name would be appreciated.


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We are saddened to hear of Ann's passing, but are comforted by the knowledge that she is at peace. We were fortunate enough to have been the recipients of her warm welcome and generous hospitality, but know her best through the legacy she leaves behind, in her family, specifically in Bev, Graham and Claire and through Chris, who we know also deeply feels her loss. We hope that time will heal all of your hearts and replace your sadness with fond memories. She was a lovely lady.
By Sally & Simon B...

Our heart goes out to Karen, Dawn and Bev & families. What amazing parents and grandparents and..... I met Anne & Gord about 10 years ago through the Barrie Rotary Club, both Gord and Ann were great role models for community action and family dedication. The time they personally took to chat with me over many things both family and Rotary business will always bring warm memories of them. John & Karen O'Brien
By John O'Brien

I only knew Ann and Gord for 7 years....and that was through Rotary. They were tireless 'ticket sellers' with their friends at Kempenfest on behalf of the Rotary Club of Barrie and the Barrie community. They made the lives and world they touched a better place.
By Dr. Doug Jernigan

Dear Bev, Chris and family members, At times like this, it's hard to find the words that best convey the many thoughts of sympathy our hearts would like to say. But may it somehow help to know that though our words are few, we are thinking of you warmly now and share this loss with you. Sending you our deepest sympathy. Your Parkinson Canada Colleagues.
By Joyce Gordon

I am so very sorry for your loss. Ann is now at peace and pain free. She will be greatly missed.
By Patricia McGuire

I wish to make a contribution to ALS in the memory of my friend, Ann Crandell
By Anne stephan

So sorry to hear of Ann's passing. Our condolences to the family. God bless you all.
By Jim and Carol A...

I have tremendous respect for the bravery of both Ann Crandell, and for that of her family and health care professionals, in working together in order for her to die with dignity on her own timetable. While she still had quality of life, everyone fought to maintain that for as long as possible; I know through my brother Joe Muller that his wife Dawn Crandell almost lived [part time] in Barrie this fall. I also laud the family on their deliberate reference to Ann's decision to end her suffering, in this announcement. Such honesty is needed to legitimize Canada's new law on assisted dying; it's not a decision that any of us will ever relish (or necessarily select), if put in the same position, but it is nevertheless an important and hard won freedom of choice. My heartfelt condolences to all involved.
By Kath Muller

I am saddened at the loss of my kind and generous neighbour, and at the same time inspired by her courage and the knowledge that her challenges are put to rest. I send condolences to Karen and Dawn and Bev and their families who were regularly visiting and supporting Ann and this past year constantly taking turns to be with her. Her steady kindly thoughtfulness will be missed and yet will live on through her daughters and extended family who all reflect her values.
By Kim Shannon

Oh Bev...what a loss, and what a blessing that your Mom passed away on her terms... You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Nancy
By Nancy MacCready...

Dear Bev and Family, I never met Ann yet can clearly see that she was a beautiful human being and a role model for all of us. Her courage to the very end and your loving support and devotion to ensure that she had the dignified end that she deserved is comforting and inspiring. My heart goes out to you. Warm wishes that the fond memories rise above all else, Judi
By Judi Richardson

It was always a privilege and a pleasure to be with Ann and Gord through our many years of sharing various events with the Rotary Club of Barrie. The love they shared for each other was obvious to all who knew them. Ann will be greatly missed by all of us. Our prayers are with her daughters and their families.
By Cecile Burke

Everyone loved and admired Ann for her wonderful qualities, Love Loyalty were just 2 of her many gifts and talents// She will missed very much by all her friends!!!!and Loved Ones!!!
By Shirlie Toro-F...

My deepest sympathy to the family. I will cherish good memories of happy times.o
By Millie Hunter

To the Crandall Family, It’s not too often in life that you meet someone you admire greatly. I admired both Gord and Ann’s strength of character, but I particularly admired their devotion to each other and how they fought to the very end. They didn’t let their lot in life stop them from continuing the things they liked to do. Fortunately, they had wonderfully supportive children to help them.
By Olga Lalande


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