Douglas-Crampton, Dan (3 Mar 10)
March 20, 1924 – March 3, 2010
Dan (Danny) was one of a small group of skilled riders who were often called upon to parade with the Governor General’s Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron between 1960 and 1980 when a large number of horses and riders w ere required for Royal Escorts, Musical Rides and other ceremonial events.
His skill and contribution of horses to the Squadron for special events helped to enhanced the image of the Governor General’s Horse Guards as an elite riding unit and this w as never more evident than during the Centennial Year (1967).
Danny passed a w ay peacefully in Cranbrook , British Columbia on March 3, 2010. He was born in Warren , Ontario in 1924; a town named after his grandfather George Warren. He was the youngest of 4 children and spent the first few years of his childhood hunting, canoeing and riding horses. As soon as he turned 18, Dan joined the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and served aboard the HMCS Dunver until the end of the war. He met and married Bridget Myfanwy Jane Appleton in England in 1947 and brought her back to Canada as his bride. They had 6 children David, Nicki, Karen, Stephanie, Fiona and Katrina. Danny was a Bush Pilot for several years in Northern Ontario and became an accomplished Horseman and Trainer w hose horses competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. His prize stallion Himeryk sired several horses w hose progeny are still in the RCMP Musical Ride today. He had a great love of animals and the family home, Tarmoncarra, was always bustling with the activity that only 6 children and countless pets and farm animals could produce. Danny was widowed in 1991, and a few years later moved to a beautiful ranch outside Kimberley , British Columbia w here he lived for the rest of his life. He made frequent visits to see family in Ontario , Calgary and Vancouver . Dan lived a very full life, and will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his children and their families, as w ell as his 17 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren. There was a Celebration of Life held at Elk Ridge Ranch, 8740 Findlay Road, Cranbrook, BC on Saturday, March 6. A second Celebration of Life
Donations may be made to either the MS Society or the SPCA.