Harold Doane Crowell died peacefully at age 90 on Nov 19, 2017. Predeceased by (parents) Harold & Bernice Crowell; (brother) Eric Crowell, born Shag Harbour. Survived by children, Richard (Patricia), Eric (Susan), Krisanne (Steve); grandchildren, Chris (Nira), Jeff, Tim, Brian & Nikita. Harold had a productive and fulfilling life. Best known as a forward thinker bringing innovative ideas to both work and family life. His career began as Director of Children’s Aid which he soon transformed to Family and Children Services in the town of Windsor. In Halifax, he became the first municipal Director of Social Services in Canada. Harold changed how North America and the world looked at poverty. During his 28 years with City of Halifax, he instigated and supported many organizations that transitioned vulnerable people from poverty or institutional care to independent living. Amongst those are: Vieith House, Adsum House and Stonehearth Bakery. He was most proud of HRDA (Metro Works) that created employment for people on social assistance which received an award for “Small and most innovative business” from the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Experts came from around the world including Australia, Japan, Europe and USA to learn from his innovations. As a former director of The Halifax Assistance Fund, a Social Innovation Award was named in his honour in 2017.
Harold loved the outdoors and was an avid naturalist. On Caribou Island he created an innovative cottage development model designed to instill in residents a respect for nature. As appointed “Mayor” of the Caribou Gardens Association, he is remembered for highbush blueberries, apple trees and lively conversations with its residents. He loved living within walking or biking distance of his family throughout his life.
Through his mentorship, kindness and creativity he had a huge impact on many lives. Harold & family were grateful for those who continued to visit after he lost his mobility. Special thanks to Dr. Patricia Beresford who went above and beyond and the nursing staff at Parkland. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends and family. A celebration of his life service will be: Nov 29, 3:00,1st Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St. Visitation November 28, 3:00-6:00, 1st Baptist Church
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson Canada.
Online condolences: www.remembr.com/Harold.crowell