Rex Crawford. Photo courtesy of Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home.

Chatham-Kent has lost a well-respected former politician.

Former Kent MP Rex Crawford has passed away.

Crawford served under the Liberal Government from 1988 to 1997, but didn’t always toe the party line, particularly on issues such as gun control and industrial wind turbines. 

He also worked as a farmer in Dover Township, served as a Councillor, Deputy Reeve, and Reeve of Dover Township, Kent County Warden, and Chatham-Kent Councillor. 

He was named Wallaceburg’s Man of the Year in 1988, and served a number of local organizations, including the Jaycees, both the St Clair and Lower Thames Conservation Authorities, hospital boards, and the Rotary Club. 

Fellow former Chatham-Kent Councillor Brian King once called him “a down-to-earth” politician….with a wealth of knowledge and passion for his community and local government affairs.”

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton paid tribute to Crawford on social media, saying “Rex was a good friend, a mentor, and a respected public servant. He was a true man of the people.” 

Visitation will be held Sunday at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home in Wallaceburg, followed by a funeral service at Knox Presbyterian Church on Monday. 

Crawford was 90.