Croydon’s family – brother: Richard; children: James (Elizabeth), Anne (Scott) and Karen (Charles); grandchildren Jake (Arianna), Benjamin, Evelyn, Christopher and Emilie and great-grandchild Rosalie – are sad to announce his passing in Ormstown, on February 8, 2019 at the age of 87. Croydon was a well known and respected CVR teacher, with a vey unique name, who settled and made his life in Ormstown.
When his parents relocated to the town in 1950s to operate a nursing home, Croydon often visited from Montreal. After his marriage to Elaine Barrons in 1963, he brought his bride to live and raise their family.
Croydon never left Ormstown and retired from teaching at CVR – he would say that retiring was one of his greatest achievements and that when he retired, everyday would be a snow day. He spent his winters reading books and visiting his brother, friends and relative. He spent his summers travelling to his beloved Maritimes to relive his childhood memories and to eat blueberries and lobster with his many Snowdon family cousins. He loved to laugh at a good joke – usually his own – and to tell long stories. His love of music, especially steel drum and marching bands, will never be forgotten.
He enjoyed travelling and often visited his children and grandchildren in Mississippi, Baldwinsville (NY), Richmond (BC) and Toronto. His family will miss him greatly at his passing, but we are also sad to say that we lost him a long time ago as his dementia took his spirit and his memory. His family hopes that he is now in a place where he can sit in his study, playing harmonica, thinking up good stories and perusing books and magazines about his favourite subjects.
Should anyone wish to honour his memory, the family request that donations be made to the Memory Loss Foundation or the Parkinson’s Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Croydon did not survive his second spouse. Thank you to Dr Bélanger and the wonderful staff at the Centre d’hébergement Ormstown who cared for him and made his final days calm and comfortable.
As per Croydon’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no visitation or funeral services will be held. A private burial ceremony will follow.