Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Alan Robert Crabtree

Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Alan Robert Crabtree

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Alan Robert Crabtree, 73 years old, November 8, 2007, at Errinrung Nursing Home in Thornbury, Ont., after a lengthy battle with cancer. Alan Crabtree was born on April Fools' Day 1934 in Toronto, later moving to Meaford on Georgian Bay when his father was appointed town treasurer there. Early in life he developed a lifelong interest in the organ, encouraged by such individuals as John Sidgwick and Gerald Bales. Mr. Crabtree worked for the CNR in several Ontario locations as a telegrapher station agent, and later in their freight traffic department. In 1972, he began work in Ottawa with the Rail Regulatory Division of the Canadian Transport Commission. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Ottawa RCCO Centre. During his six-year tenure as secretary he was instrumental in increasing the membership from 66 to 160. While in Ottawa, he served several churches as organist-choir director, retiring from Annesley United Church in nearby Markdale, Ont. …

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