Stephen Crispe passed away peacefully at the Fredericton Hospice on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Born in Ocean Falls, British Columbia in 1952, Steve’s family moved to Mississauga, Ontario when he was two. He spent his youth and teenage years in Ontario and loved to build “toys” including his skidoo that won a prize, and a boat that even won a race among friends. Learning from his father, he became a welder/fabricator by trade. He moved to Nova Scotia in his early 20’s to work in the ship repair industry. There he met his first wife, Donna and had five children; Brian, Kevin, Sarah, Alex and Laura. Steve’s love for boating and camping provided wonderful experiences and memories with his children.
At work, he was known as a dependable, honest worker who strived for excellence and subsequently progressed to the managerial level with lots of responsibilities.
In 1995 he met and married Carol d’Entremont (nee Scheaffel) which blended their families adding Deidre, Mark and Tom to Steve’s five children. These 8 children have now produced 20 grandchildren! While empty nesters, Carol and Steve took advantage of their newfound status and relocated to Ontario and then Alberta, followed by four of their children, allowing Carol and Steve to spend time with their grandchildren. While in Alberta, they tried their hand at the breeding of Australian Shepherds. Even though Steve was not known as an animal lover, he did come to love his dogs and especially Ginger who was his faithful companion.
In 2014, seeking warmer climes, Carol and Steve ventured to Panama for five months, scoping out a possible future home. However, the decision was made to return to Canada and in 2015, they decided to move back east to New Brunswick to be closer to the other children and grandchildren. One of their hobbies was buying fixer uppers and renovating homes – Steve was very handy and loved having projects. In 2017 they were able to realize a dream of spending winters in Florida, which gave Steve the opportunity to get to know his in-laws and not have to snowplow!!!
Steve was an intense seeker of spiritual truth, had strong convictions and was very willing to lend a hand where needed. He will be remembered for his witty comments, love of playing games and cards (and winning!) his passion for water and a dream of sailing the oceans. Bon Voyage Steve, may you sail the heavens knowing you were loved and will be missed tremendously.
Survived by his loving wife, Carol, his children, Sarah Godbersen, Laura Crispe, Deidre d’Eentremont, Brian, Kevin, Alexander, Mark and Thomas D’Entremont; sisters, Donna Northrup, Linda Newns and Dorelle Crispe; brothers, Brian and Gregory; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Charles and Olive (Robinson) Crispe and a brother, Michael.
Arrangements are under the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home & Crematorium. (339-6612). Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca