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CROWCHILD, Harold “Iron Shield” Didili Minis Gonii

March 18, 1915 – January 12, 2013

Harold is survived by his children, Harley (Mildred) Crowchild, Elizabeth Crowchild (Noel), Calvin Crowchild, Vera (Sid) Crowchild, Diane Meguinis, Jim Two Guns, Pauline (Poncho) Jacobs, Donna Meguinis, Karen (Dave) Meguinis, and step-sons Brian (Ann) Meguinis, Gerald (Violet) Meguinis, daughters-in-law, Colleen Crowchild, Bernadette Crowchild, forty one grandchildren, one hundred and four great-grandchildren, thirty one great-great-grandchildren, brother Russel Bigcrow, numerous nieces, nephews, relations, friends and adopted. He was predeceased by his parents, Bertie Crowchild and Katie Starlight, his Inaa Bessie Meguinis, wife Helen Meguinis, brother Isaac Crowchild, sister Katie Dodginghorse, son Rupert Crowchild, grandsons Wesley Crowchild and Bob Noel, granddaughters Violet Gay Noel, Mabeline Crowchild, great-grandchildren, Theoren Meguinis, Eli Bigcrow, Jonas Crowchild, Loranne Smallboy, great-great-grand-daughter Keely Sky Saulteaux, great-great grandson Jayles Beaver.

Harold’s greatest gift to his family was love, laughter and honest hard working ethics, to achieve, and never be afraid to try or give up. His fun loving nature was to treat everyone with kindness, respect and sharing. His gift of story telling and reminiscing. His Heart, his blood lives on within his family for generations to come. Harold’s greatest gift to his people and our country was he fought in World War II with the headquarters 4th Canadian Armed Division in active duty. He served in the United Kingdom, France, Holland and Germany as a trooper. His medals & decorations from the war; 1939-1945 – Star, France/Germany – Star & Defence medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-1945. Harold’s greatest passion and natural ability was being a true cowboy, rodeo and the love for his horses and special horse “Boots”. He would ride his horses to hunt, ride his horses to visit and ride his horses to pay respect to his grandson’s funeral, ride his horses to wherever he wanted to go. He rode and broke horses well into his age of eighties. Harold lived a long and humble life. He will always be remembered as the warrior “Iron Shield” who helped saved our country. And, a true cowboy always riding on his horse.

The family wishes to thank; Jolene Makosis, Veronica Grosariu, Colleen Crowchild, Kelly Crowchild, Joni Big Plume, Ethel Jacobs, the Tsuu T’ina Health Center, Gigi, Hilda, Gabby, Cathy, Tammy, Connie, Amy and Megan, the Mackenzie Town Home Care Facility and all those that brought him joy, laughter and well being throughout his life time.

“The family wishes to give their heartfelt gratitude to Karen, Dave, Richard, Braden, Hayley, Jim, JJ, Marshall, Marcie and Megan for their love and care of ? Itaa”

Wake Services will take place at his home, Karen Meguinis residence, #123 Big Knife Road, Tsuu T’ina Nation, AB on Thursday, January 17, 2013 and Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Traditional Funeral Services will take place at his home early Saturday morning. Military Services will take place at the Sarcee Seven Chiefs Complex, Tsuu T’ina Nation, AB on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The family would like to invite you to join them for a traditional feast after the graveside at the Sarcee Seven Chiefs Complex, Tsuu Tina Nation, AB. Forward condolences through The family wishes that no flowers be brought. Harold always had much compassion for the hungry and those in need. Therefore we would greatly appreciate a food or cash donation be brought for the Veteran’s Food Bank.

In living memory of Harold Crowchild, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Don & Myra Sanders :

    Our condolences to all the family. I have so many good memories of happy hours spent with my old friend Harold trading horses and talking about different things. He will be greatly missed by everyone who new him.

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  2. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Harold Crowchild.
    I knew Harold while he was at Mckenzie Towne Care Centre

    Bill Kunsch

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  3. jamie lefthand (Dodginghorse) :

    Grampa was the happiest kind hearted an loving person there was. I will always remember all the great times as a child when he would come vist @ granny katies house,when us kids would see him riding on his horse we would be yelling grampa’s’comming! He was always happy to see us then he’d’tie up his horse and come inside. Granny katie had so much love for him that is the most love that i had seen for a brother and a sister in all my years. She would cook for him and they would all sit there an tell stories and he would clap his hands and laugh an laugh he always made the stories sound so interesting even though it would all be told in sarcee language. In the winter he would still ride in on horse back no matter how cold it was he was a true cowboy and on Christmas eve he would bring his team of horses with a sleigh and we would go for sliegh rides with all us kids plus his childern too. I sometimes tell my own kids even though we were poor and didnt have the christmas’s’that we have now, that was the best christmas’s’that I have ever had because there was so much love and happiness for one another. Granny katie must have been so happy to meet him at heaven’s’gate she always babied him since i can remember that is such sibling love. God has blessed me with such loving kind hearted grandparents and it is an honour to have grampa in my life he was a true cowboy and soldier and for that i’m greatfull.

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  4. Mary-Ann & Tony Zbryski :

    I met Harold at McKenzie care facility while visiting my father & we attend the Remembrance Day celebration when Harold was honored as a war veteran. He will surely be missed as part of your family. Sorry for your loss.

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