Stephen Crowther (Steve)
Steve passed away peacefully on the 29th October 2022 with family by his side at East Lancashire Hospice, aged 61 years.
Loving husband to Joanne, devoted dad to Emma, Cherished grandad to Evie and Willow, a dear brother to Helen, much loved uncle to Adam also a dear friend to many.
Steve was born in Halifax, West Yourshire on the 6th November 1960 to Alan and Evelyn Crowther and was a much loved brother to Helen.
Steve met his wife Joanne at school they began dating when they were seventeen. They celebrated their Ruby Wedding in July and were together for almost 45 years. Steve was first and foremost a family man and was utterly devoted to his wife, his daughter Emma and his granddaughters Evie and Willow.
Steve began his working life as an apprentice engineer in Halifax, Warner and Swasey, but quickly moved into teaching and worked at Stonyhurst College and Kirkham Grammar School where he taught Design and Technology. He had an abiding interest in technology and eventually set up his own company offering training and development to teachers in technology to support teaching.
Steve was fascinated by any kind of technology and loved the work that he did, but he was also an artist. After a heart attack in 2017 he retired from training and took up a studio at the Haworth Art Gallery and developed his own distinctive style in watercolour and brought his two interests together in his digital art done on the iPad.
Steve was endlessly curious about the world around him and loved being around people. He painted Hyndburn in all its guises – including the back streets, and said that he was making Hyndburn beautiful one painting at a time. During lockdown he was inspired to paint something every day after taking photographs on his and Joanne’s lockdown daily walks. He then put all the drawings into his book – 100 days of lockdown that captured a particular moment in history.
The family have been incredibly moved by the overwhelming response to news of Steve’s passing. Messages have been received from pupils he taught, colleagues he met through his career from all around the world also the people who bought his paintings and have them hanging in their homes and then those who simply loved his art.
Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Steve are being gratefully received on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice via the donate button below.
Please feel free to leave a message for Stephen’s online memorial book by completing the form below.
My deepest condolences to Steve’s loved ones. He will be missed by his art pals in the Line & Wash in Watercolour Facebook group where his elevation of mundane scenes and his trademark bee were a great inspiration.
Marilyn Barker Perth Western Australia
Steve made me so welcome when i had a visit to Haworth Art Gallery. I had been following oh Hyndburn chat. Such a lovely man. Deepest sympathy to his family.essage for the family of Stephen Crowther (Steve):