CANTON -- John Woodruff (Charles) Crowe, 66, residing in North Lancaster, Ontario, died in his sleep on July 7, 2018.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 7, 1952, he spent his childhood and early adult years in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In his mid-twenties, he moved to St. Lawrence County in Northern New York in pursuit of a more rural and self-sustaining lifestyle. John was a person of many talents and trades, working variously as a welder, carpenter, and general handyman.
In 1990, he returned to college to earn an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Canton. John worked at Kraft Foods for ten years.
Later in life, he moved to Canada where he worked for Grantek Systems Integration as a Systems Designer. He was admired and respected by colleagues for his wide-ranging problem-solving skills and friendly demeanor.
He retired in February and was looking forward to visiting his children and new granddaughter, reconnecting with friends, working with the Priest’s Mill Arts Centre, and continuing renovations on his house, a historic structure that was formerly a hotel.
John was known for his enthusiasm and interest in an endless number of topics, including alternative technologies, history, music, dancing, gardening, kayaking, and sailing.
He could fix anything and was always seeking to learn something new. He understood how things worked and loved to share that knowledge with others.
John is survived by his daughter, Tamara Ng, and husband, Edmund of Andover, Massachusetts; son, Aaron Woodruff of Canton, New York; son, Carl Woodruff of Easthampton, Massachusetts; granddaughter, Diana Ng; sisters, Susan Crowe, Nancy Crowe, Cynthia Crowe, and Valerie Hunter; aunt, Christina Jackson; nephew, Jacob Wasser; nieces, Erin MacArthur and Gabrielle Wasser; and the mothers of his children, Deborah Puskar and Valerie Ingram.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Barbara and William Crowe, and nephew, Dustin Wasser.
His entire family and his wide network of friends will miss his enthusiastic spirit. He was one of a kind.
Family, friends, and others whose life John touched are welcome to attend a celebration of life to grieve, laugh and remember on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on 3-½ East Main Street, Canton, New York with a reception following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Priests Mill Arts Centre, 16 Mill Square, Alexandria, Ontario K0C 1A0 or a charity of your choosing.