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Ron Crawley, a former CUPE National Research Officer, died Mar. 27, 2008 following a long battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia, he attended Xavier College in Sydney for a year. Ron developed a serious case of lymphoma, while in college.

Once he recovered, Ron transferred to Dalhousie University where he completed a BA Honours degree in Sociology and then 2 year later a Masters degree in Sociology. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Library Science at Dalhousie.

Ron then moved to Newfoundland where he worked as a librarian at Memorial University. There he met the love of his life, Colleen Lundy, who was teaching Social Work at Memorial.

They moved to Ottawa, where Ron took Ph.D. in Sociology at Carleton University.

Ron joined CUPE’s staff as a research officer in 1993

In 2003 ill health forced Ron to take a leave from his work at CUPE.

Ron is survived by Colleen, his father, Ronald (Mary), his sisters: Elaine (Crawley) McDougall and Deborah (Crawley) Costello and Deborah’s partner Gordon.

A Celebration of Ron’s life will be held at the national office of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, 1375 St. Laurent Blvd. on May 10th at 2 p.m.

Interment in Sydney, Nova Scotia on June 14th at 2 p.m. at the Resurrection Cemetery.

If you wish donations can be made to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives or the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.

A more detailed obituary appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, where you can also record your own tribute to Ron, or read those of other friends and family.