Mr Kevin Crawford

MR Kevin Crawford, of Teconnaught, passed away on December 30, 2017, in Lagan Valley Hospital after a short illness at the age of 86.

A joiner by trade, Kevin honed his skills in the building trade, working at home and overseas. Kevin was a gentle, but strong man and a fountain of knowledge. Generous with his great skills, wisdom and advice, his door was always open.

Kevin was the best friend anyone could have asked to have and was youthful in mind with a powerful sense of fun. He was a father to all his family circle and the Teconnaught community.  Two of the great passions in Kevin’s life were reading and the GAA. His appetite for reading was legendary to some and yet unknown to many, and he delighted his company with marvellous extracts from prose, verse and song. 

More publicly, he was proud to be a Down man. He loved the red-and-black. He followed the Down senior team all over the country in championship, league and other competitions. He witnessed at first hand the highs and lows of being a football fan for more than half a century and during that time he attended every All-Ireland football final, including replays.

Kevin was equally proud of his long association with Teconnaught GAC. He was one of the dozen or so men who offered their services to re-form the club in 1967. A quiet man, he never sought main office in the club but he was tireless in his efforts to promote football, camogie and Irish culture among the young men and women of the parish.

He took as much delight in the victories of the U-12 girls as he did in those of the senior men’s teams over the years. He was a permanent fixture at all matches, functions and fund-raising activities until ill-health confined him indoors. He will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched. 

Kevin is pre-deceased by his sister, Eileen, and brothers Henry, Pat and Willy. He is survived by brothers Tom, Danny, Brian, his sister-in-law, Mary, and all his nieces and nephews.

Ni bhéidh a leitheid aris ann.