In Celebration of

Georgie Alice Crawford

September 30, 1934 -  December 13, 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Georgie Crawford on December 13, 2021 at the Lakeshore Hospital after a life well lived. She was 87. Loving daughter of Clair William Crawford and Mary Grace Owens Crawford, she was predeceased by her siblings David, John, Erma (Macaulay) and Joyce. She will be fondly remembered by her sisters-in-law Janice Crawford and Marilyn Crawford, cherished cousins, nieces and nephews in Ottawa and New Brunswick, devoted friends Marilyn Gollan and Beverly Morris, “surrogate daughters” Patricia Abbott and Erica Phare-Bergh as well by many friends and colleagues. A woman of vision and determination, blessed with a great sense of humour, she was a generous cousin, aunt and friend, a great organizer and hostess. Working with children gave her energy and music was the canvas of her life.

A fervent advocate of arts education for young people, Georgie had a rich career as a teacher and fine arts consultant with the PSBGM/EMSB, where she founded the PSBGM Children’s Chorus in 1980, still going strong as the EMSB Chorale, which she administered for 20 years. Deeply involved in the community, she served as an executive member of the Montreal Council of Women and Delta Kappa Gamma (Gamma Province), volunteered for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and founded the literacy group Le goût de lire communautaire/Community Born to Read. In 2002 she received a National Choral Award for Distinguished Service from Choral Canada, the Montreal Council of Women’s Woman of the Year Award for her cultural initiatives in the community and Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

In keeping with her wishes, Georgie will be cremated and her ashes will be spread next to her parents’ burial place at the Royalton Cemetery in Wicklow, NB near her hometown of Centreville as soon as circumstances permit. A celebration of her life will take place in Montreal later in the spring when it is safe to have a large gathering worthy of Georgie’s many accomplishments, interests and zest for life. Thank you to the staff at the Lakeshore Hospital and the 2nd Floor Care Team at Sélection West Island for the care in the final months and weeks of her life.

To honour Georgie’s memory, a donation to an arts organization of your choice would be fitting and appreciated.


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Lindsay Chartier (Friend)

Entered December 15, 2021 from Frisco, TX

I was a member of the PSBGM Chorale for many years. Georgie was a huge part of my life growing up, and helped to nurture my love of music. She will certainly be missed. My thoughts are with those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Rest well, Georgie.

Brenda Rose (Mother of two daughters who sang with the P.S.B.G.M. Chorale)

Entered December 15, 2021 from Cape George, Antigonish County

There was never a challenge that Georgie couldn't meet. She was a powerhouse, a shining light, and a natural leader. The children under her care and tutelage became better human beings because of her influence. She will be missed.

Elaine Bander (Parent volunteer)

Entered December 15, 2021 from Montreal

Georgie was a giant. It was a pleasure, an education, and an inspiration to work with her as a parent volunteer for the PSBGM Chorales, now the EMSB Choir. Hundreds of children owe her so much. Thank you, Georgie, for your long years of devoted service.

Louise Boisvert (Amie de Patricia Abbott)

Entered December 15, 2021 from Saint-Hippolyte

Quelques jours avant son décès, j'ai soupé avec avec son amie, Patricia Abbott, et j'ai eu la chance d'en apprendre un peu plus sur la vie de Georgie, comment elles se sont connues, comment elle est devenue le mentor de Patricia en début de carrière et toute l'amitié qui s'est développée par la suite entre ces deux femmes. À travers le récit de Patricia, j'ai pu entrevoir l'envergure de cette femme et j'aurais aimé la connaître. Elle laissera un grand vide dans sa communauté et dans le monde choral. J'offre mes condoléances les plus profondes à toutes les personnes qui l'ont côtoyée et aimée, ainsi qu'à Patricia. My deepest sympathies to all persons who loved her.

Yvonne Hindle (Daughter was in choir)

Entered December 15, 2021 from Dorval. Quebec



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