Max Crandall passed away peacefully at Bas tion Place in Salmon Arm at 88 years of age. His last years were tough exper iences in his weakened yet hard-work-accustom ed body. Even with these limitations his vigour for upgrading his home, tackling tough projects and planning improve ments continued on.
He is predeceased by his much beloved Frances, wife of 54 years. He is survived by sister, Leta Reid of Ponoka, AB and brother, Harold (Dickie) of Regina, SK; and by many nephews and nieces born to his eleven brothers and sisters and to Frances’ family.
Over his life Max accurately traced his genealogy to the earliest settlers of New England, following their extended settlement across pioneer US and Canada. His own parents transited the border a couple of times before settling as farmers and water well drillers in the Ponoka region of Alberta.
Max served in the RCAF as an Armourer working on various fighter aircraft during World War II. His operational service took him to the Aleutian Islands, to Britain and on into the liberation of Europe. Throughout that time he and Frances wrote each other faithfully.
With only minimal upgrading of his education following the war, he was accepted into Dentistry studies at the University of Alberta from which he graduated four years later. Frances and he married during this time of studies and she joined him in his Dental Practice in Kamloops, Oliver, Victoria and then Ponoka.
Though successful in dentistry, the Crandalls decided in 1959 to return to their farming roots. They bought a farm near Ponoka, established a dairy herd, and finally dropped the Dental practice to farm full time.
In 1973 they moved to the Shuswap region of BC, eventually settling in Sicamous where they built their own home on the Eagle River.
Max’s relatives, close friends and neighbours will miss his investigative bright thinking and his unique perspective on larger issues of life. A great consolation to all is in his laying to rest beside Francis and beneath the shared monument engraved “Never parted.”
Online condolences can be sent through Max’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC