Mayor, CK Council Pay Tribute to Former MP Rex Crawford

Mr. Crawford was a former Councillor and Reeve of The Township of Dover and became Warden of the County of Kent in 1987. From 1998 – 2003, he served as an inaugural Council Member of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.  He was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Kent from 1988 to 1997.

 A full obituary can be found here -!/Obituary

Mayor Darrin Canniff had this to say:

Rex Crawford lived a life of public service.

From a township council member to a federal member of Parliament, his strong voice and his commitment to the people he served is something anyone would be proud of.

You knew where you stood with Rex. He had strong opinions, but he always wanted to hear the other side of the issue.

He could disagree with you and still respect you. We need more of that in today's society.

His ability to connect with people on any issue is something everyone in public service should aspire to.

From the fields of Dover Township to the halls of Parliament to the international stage, Rex was always a person you could count on.

His experience as an original member of Chatham-Kent Council helped us through some very turbulent times.

On behalf of Council, I offer his family our condolences.

Councillor Doug Sulman, who served with Rex on the first Chatham-Kent Council had this to say.

"I knew Rex for more than 40 years, You knew that he said what he meant and meant what he said. He was a great defender of his constituents wherever he served."

Darrin Canniff
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3001

Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624