Obituary for Lloyd Allan Cridland
Lloyd Allan Cridland of Medicine Hat passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on December 20th, 2017. He will be dearly missed by his wife Kelly; children Kyle Cridland (Bria), Colleen Cridland (Kaz Bremner), and Kurtis Cridland; grandchildren Mya & Emily Cridland and Ellis Bremner; siblings Ken Cridland (Susan) and Erna Kraska (Richard); mother and sister in law Kaye Sullivan and Leslie Glenn, as well as many nieces and nephews. Lloyd was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta to Ernie & Elsie Cridland on March 10th, 1952. After growing up on the family farm, he first moved to Lethbridge to begin studying mathematics and then to Calgary where he enrolled in Surveying Technology at SAIT earning his diploma in 1974. He worked with Midwest Surveys for ten years before starting his own company, Cridland Surveys (later known as Cridland & Associates Ltd.), in 1984. Lloyd received his Alberta Land Surveyor (ALS) Commission in 1979 and was a respected and active member of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association having volunteered on many committees and served on the Council throughout his career. In 2003, Lloyd and his family relocated to Medicine Hat where he spent time with both Munro Global and Midwest Surveys until his retirement in 2015. He was always happy crunching numbers in front of a drafting board or venturing out into the field. For Lloyd, family brought the most joy to his life; he was proud of his children and their accomplishments. He was an active participant in his children’s activities – as a Scout leader, soccer and baseball coach. Family ski and camping trips were always treasured times. Lloyd especially enjoyed his last few years in a new role as “Grandpa”. He was always up for a walk or hike, to kick around a soccer ball or snuggle on the couch with his favourite little people. Lloyd also loved using his creativity in woodworking. He made many fun and functional projects that can be seen in and around the house. Whether it was a pool cue rack, Santa sleigh and reindeer, terrifying toboggan or play house, he loved making things for his family to enjoy. Being a farm boy at heart, Lloyd always looked forward to spring when he could get to work on his garden. He loved tending to his fruits and vegetables and worked hard to keep the birds and deer away. Friends and family were fortunate to enjoy the fruits of his labour, literally, by eating the strawberries, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and many other things he grew each year. Retirement allowed Lloyd to venture into a new phase of life as he and Kelly took up golfing together, riding their e-bikes around the city, and took many vacations travelling along the west coast of Canada and the United States, visiting Quebec and Ottawa, and most recently a tour through China. As retirees they had caught the travel bug and were excited to continue their adventures around the world. Last year Lloyd completed the 100km Kidney March where he walked from Kananaskis Country into Calgary over three days. His very long legs brought him over the finish line in record time as his team raised money for The Kidney Foundation of Canada.