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John Angus Crummey

John Angus Crummey

Passed on: January 30th, 2018

John Angus Crummey, age 90, passed peacefully on January 30, 2018 at An Cala unit at CBRH. First born of Christine (Hutchison) and William Crummey in New Waterford, CB on March 12, 1927 .
He married Florence (Janes) and moved to Whitney Pier where he resided for over 50 years. He lost his anchor when she died in 2007. He moved to Parkland for 3 years then with deteriorating health eventually moved to Harbourstone in September (also Northside hospital, Waterford Heights and Harbourview, SM).
He is survived by son, Gary (Rita Wojtyniak), East Bay, and daughter, Cheryl (Gary Huett), Coldbrook Station, NS; grandchildren, Kendra, Halifax, Aaron and Brendan, East Bay; brother, Clarence (Butch), Inkster, MI; sisters-in-law, Linda (Kingston), Anne Spears, Sydney, Millie Janes, OH, Betty Janes, Edmonton, and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by parents, and siblings, Jean Mackillop, Esther Curran, Bill, George, and Margaret Loveys.
In 1943 joined CB Highlanders 2nd Battalion, Infantry at Aldershot was withheld from deployment for underage continued in corp. until 1947 and rejoining in 1951-1974 at Victoria Park rising to rank Sergeant. Provost Corp-MP. He joined the pipe band (drummer) and was part of Canso Causeway Opening 100 Pipers March in 1955. With Florence he was member of Branch 12 Legion and Sergeants Mess Dart League.
John worked #12 Colliery NW for 16 years as miner then mechanic on diesel locomotives. With that experience he joined Sydney Fire Department in 1958 for 30 plus years until 1992, started as Mechanic then inspections and Senior Captain. He rebuilt, machined fire engines #8 Fargo Bickell Seagrave pumper the 1955 Le France Pumper. John volunteered his time travelling the island to establish train and repair engines for volunteer fire departments on island (Grand Lake Rd., Reserve Mines, Iona and New Waterford).
In late 40’s John rebuilt a decommissioned Harley Davidson and tore up the streets in New Waterford Together with 4 buddies, probably were first thunder in the Highlands driving on the gravel Cabot Trail.
Also was a stock car driver 54-55 in 40’s Hudson at dirt track Sport Center (Tartan Downs) and then Midway Speedway 1964-68 racing flat head Ford #109 Red Knight placing most races and entering endurance 25 or 50 lap races.
After retirement he returned to UCCB night school and got welding papers and Machine shop Operator and built his tiny shop in the back yard producing firebox lamps, 3 model fire engine (Aerial, pumper and ladder), a jungle gym swing set for grandkids and turning a forklift into snowplow.
Visitation will take place Thursday February 1, 2018 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel with Archdeacon Brenda Drake officiating. Interment will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Palliative Care Society.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mail sydneymemorialchapel@ns.sympatico.ca.
John lived and worked large.


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