During his induction into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, Floyd Crawford said “I liked Belleville and thought it was a good place to raise a family.” Belleville was richer because of it. Floyd Crawford passed away peacefully overnight. He was in his 89th year.
Crawford came to Belleville in 1956 to join the Belleville McFarlands of the OHA Senior Hockey League. He would lead the “Macs” Allan Cup Championship (Canadian Senior Hockey Championship) in 1958 and a World Hockey Championship one year later.
Floyd and his wife Pauline raised a family of 9. Their success prompted the documentary “Crawford: Family of Champions” by local author Aaron Bell in 2015. Floyd continued in hockey as a coach and scout, and was responsible for the Midget Draft that led to the Belleville Bulls’ only OHL Championship in 1999. That team was coached by his son Louie.
Visitation will be held on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Steele Funeral Home, 30 Moira Street West in Belleville. Funeral Mass will take place Wednesday November 15th, 2017 at 10:30 at St. Michael The Arch Angel Church on Church Street in Belleville. Cremation will follow the service.