The WVML Foundation wishes to recognize a substantial and very generous bequest of over $410,000 from the Estate of Gladys Crute, a long-time resident of West Vancouver. This contribution is from both Gladys and her husband, Harvey Crute, who pre-deceased her.
Sandi LeQuesne, the daughter of friends of the Crutes, has told us that because the Crutes had no children, they left their estates to various charities and foundations and the WVML Foundation is one of them, a most grateful recipient.
Harvey was an engineer with the forest industry who worked at Woodfiber and later Fletcher Challenge. Gladys worked in Burnaby as a teacher for many years. The Crutes loved the outdoors. Harvey cut many of the hiking trails on the North Shore and Harvey and Gladys helped found the Grouse Mountain ski club and built a cabin and hiked up Grouse Mountain to ski, long before lifts were built. The couple travelled extensively all over the world, often hiking in the mountains of the countries they visited. Both were also great readers and loved to take courses at UBC and SFU, which were also recipients of bequests.
The Crutes were, as Sandi says, very independent and private people, quietly living a good life. They were also very generous people who have left behind a much-appreciated legacy to their community.
When Sharon Brunzel left California in 2004, it was West Vancouver's gain. Having spent 20 years building a wonderful career there, Sharon and her husband decided it was time to come home to BC.
They settled in West Vancouver and it didn't take Sharon long to realize that she wasn't quite ready to fully retire. She wanted "something", so drawing on her career as a librarian, she found her way to the Memorial Library. The Library gained so much from this. She was technically hired as a "casual librarian" but what she brought was twenty years of expertise in public and environmental health libraries. She was a passionate advocate for consumer health information and she had a vision of what the WVML could do for its patrons. Read the full story in our current Newsletter.