ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Johnny 'Skip' Crawford. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Stevie Shanks on June 5, 2021
RIP old friend. I always enjoyed watching you play. Thank you for your friendship. You always had a smile and a kind word. Guys like you make the Northern Ireland music scene such a great thing to be part of. A bright light has gone out and you will be missed ❤️
Posted by Kirdty Lamb on June 4, 2021
Hey uncle johnny this we msg from courtney-anne john Katie n Keyon
Courtney-anne hear uncle johnny ur we fav wen I was 7 I bought u a we frog to cheer u up n u cherished it all this time I'm going to lay beside u wen I come over so we can both still cherish it love u
John hear uncle johnny I'm going to miss u so much my we memories of u is going to ur house and I giving me loads of juice so I went home hyper love u
Katie hear uncle johnny my we memory of u is giving me loads candy and u have me a shot of ur hat love
Hi uncle johnny Keyon hear the time I saw u a was only 2 but I kept u on ur toes cause I kept climbing up on back sofa we will all miss u so much xxxxx
Posted by Alec Mccord on June 4, 2021
Johnny I have known you all my life from I was a kid you were always known as “Ringo”then in later years the group Society was formed with my brother Frankie and Raymond and Joe Hull and played in various(and dodgy) locations in Belfast before getting residency in Milanos in Bangor. As Frankie lived in Groomsport it was a case all back to Frankie’s after a gig and boy we had some fun,but some of the best bits were when we used to sit and talk about music and you trying to play “My Sweet Lord” on guitar. You were always a bit of a hero to me a fantastic musician, funny ,smart and such a caring man.Rest in Peace my friend.
Posted by Karen Crawford on June 3, 2021
Where do I start, uncle Johnny you were the absolute life and soul, from days out to laverys to play pool to going to watch you play on weekends to sitting listening to you jam on the guitar and singing along you made me laugh in my darkest times my kids willow lily and Nicky got to spend some time with you and adored you well because you were their fun uncle who just loved them as we love you, thank you uncle johnny for always being you right to the very end ❤❤❤
Posted by Agnes Peden on June 3, 2021
Johnny the nite we went black box with you,myself jenni Watson Helen and davie will be my memory of you we had fantastic time ,,you where one of lives true Gentlemen and you will never be forgotten ❤ by all who new you ,,you will be forever in the hearts that truly loved you,,,fly high johnny ❤xxx 
Posted by Harry McAteer on June 3, 2021
Good night Johnny you were one of life's true gentlemen great fun to be with we always had a laugh. I'm Honoured to have known you all those years sleep tight friend ...sorry I missed you today God Bless GBNF...
Posted by mina mcdowell on June 3, 2021
Well Johnny what a lovely send of i will never forget our time in Gallahers the fun we had such good times such good laughs wee Harry thinking he could play drums better than you bless him hope u 2 meet up their and have a ball and the time we put wee Eddie in the long sink full of with water god I cud go on forever u were a true gentleman to work with all I have are happy memorys look down on your family they will surely miss u precious memorys god bless ❤ mina xxxx
Posted by Shirley Ann Lamb on June 3, 2021
Awe Johnny , I only met you once but what a fantastic day that was never giggled so much . My brother always spoke of you and the time he came over to Belfast to see Kirsty’s family and you made him feel so welcome . As for me that day in Glasgow I’ll keep that memory forever . When you asked me my name lol . You will be sorely missed a true gentleman and what a character who made everyone smile .
From your chirley lol xx
Posted by Janette Mckinnon on June 3, 2021
God bless Johnny i hope ur still playing the drums up there but always look down on Dave and Helen as they will be so lost with out u in there life's GBNFG love Janette Derek and Dylan

Thinking of all the family on this sad day xx
Posted by Helen Crawford on June 3, 2021
Johnny you were my big brother in law but as years went on you became my big brother the best brother i could ever ask for,mind first time i met you you were,hi thier big girl,you not go friend for me,lol you had me lauging ever since,dont know what busters gonna do without his big bro,aw he loved you you were his hero,aw you had yer fall outs never lasted long with hours it be awrite bro n thats was it no more said,the day we lost younwill always sticknin my mind but you were laughing till the end,asked music to be put on and abba came on n he was nooo fake band aw he didnt like them,last song i heard that day was simply the best and you were fly hi bro miss you so much see you on the other side xxxx
Posted by Kirdty Lamb on June 3, 2021
Well uncle johnny ur at ur final resting place I'll over to visit u soon gonna miss our laughs and karaoke night u were one amazing guy we love u so much xxxx
Posted by Ian McKinney on June 3, 2021
God bless you Johnny A true gentleman love to your family. See you on the other side
Posted by Robb Montgomery on May 30, 2021
Rest easy Skip. Loved to watch you on the kit, and feel so privileged to have played alongside you for a time. Thank you for inspiring generations with your talent, your hands of iron holding so many stories. Pint of Carlsberg for you buddy.
Posted by Alan Howe on May 30, 2021
Had a great love for all of his friend's he was one of the best down to earth people i have ever met. He played drums with me in chapter5 for a lot of great years. All the guys jimmy trevor stevie myself alan love him one of the best drummers i had the pleasure to play with cheers mate RIP
Posted by Geir Holum on May 30, 2021
Only met you once, Skip - but will never forget you. With your kindness, generosity, attitude and way of life you made a huge impression. Meet you some day in rock’’n’roll heaven, at the great gig in the sky. R.I.P Legend! ❤️
Posted by Nie Gallagher on May 30, 2021
One of the best men I've ever met. Always had a smile for everyone and always made me laugh. Thanks for the giggles and choons skip hope your rocking in the clouds with all the greats because you are one of the greats xxx sleep well ❤❤❤❤
Posted by Siobhan Brown on May 29, 2021
Not many people impact my life the way Johnny did. He had a wee special place in my heart because of the way he embraced me for who I was from the very 1st time I met him and everytime thereafter ' no exceptions! And thats special. He was genuine and consistent. He was loyal , encouraging and supportive - all the time!!. When Johnny complimented you you knew it was genuine which made all his compliments and encouragement and real honour to recieve.

He lit up a room and never ceased to lift your spirit.  He was a positive inspiring man to the end. He was a true fighter.

I loved his own unique way of doing what he did - his swag was on point always. I loved that!! His musicianship was inspiring. I loved the way he adored being a drummer and that joy came out everytime he played.

It was a real honour to see Johnny play the cajon when my choir came to sing for him. His face lit with positivity and joy. This is how I will always remember Johnny. What a truly fab man. he'll always have a wee place in my heart.

Grateful to have known him. Thanks for everything you contributed to this life Johnny. You're true legend!! Love you ❤
Posted by Patricia Cunningham on May 29, 2021
R.I.P. Skip. You were a Legend ❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Avril Mcintyre on May 29, 2021
You were honestly the kindest, funniest man I’ve ever known and have done so much for me over the years. I have so many amazing memories with you that I will cherish forever! Everytime you saw me you always had a smile on your face and said “awk my wee granddaughter”. I hope you know how much it meant to me, you always made me smile and gave me hugs to make me feel better. It always worked, I mean how could it not with your charming jokey self! I just remember the proud look on your face when I was going to my formal and you had tears of joy. You even gave me one of your hats with the feather on it even though it meant so much to you, you gave it to me because you knew how much I loved it. You always took care of everyone else before yourself and that was your heart of gold! You were the life of every party and always had a joke and smile on your face no matter what was going on. I will never forget your cheeky smile, now go have a pint, joke and watch over us! Sleep in peace Gramps we love you so much ❤️
Posted by Stephen Mullan on May 29, 2021
Friend, musician, drummer, wit and one of Belfast’s great characters, Johnny ‘skip’ Crawford, will be missed in the music scene and in life. I’ll miss his catchphrase to me. “Right our kid. Here to me Stevie, did you the hear the one about . . . “ Or “Here Stevie will you mic up this cajon that stupid so and so hasn’t got a clue. Thanks our kid”. Or his classic one, “Here, are you going past the bar?” “Aye, I am.” “Great. Pint of Carlsburg. Thanks Stevie”. First time I met Johnny was also the first time I met Kaz. Both of them climbed out of a big van Kaz was driving. Fair to say both made a lifelong impression with me. Goodnight and goodbye Johnny and wherever you are beat those cajons, drums and cymbals so loud that the whole universe can hear. Love.
Posted by Kaz Hawkins on May 29, 2021
My heart is in pieces that you’re gone. I loved you for your giving heart, your infectious giggle, silly jokes & your musical talent. I loved you for the dreams you had right up until you got sick. I will always make sure people remember your name. To me you were a father, friend and drummer.
Rest easy Pops, you deserve to be playing with the greats now ♥️

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Posted by Stevie Shanks on June 5, 2021
RIP old friend. I always enjoyed watching you play. Thank you for your friendship. You always had a smile and a kind word. Guys like you make the Northern Ireland music scene such a great thing to be part of. A bright light has gone out and you will be missed ❤️
Posted by Kirdty Lamb on June 4, 2021
Hey uncle johnny this we msg from courtney-anne john Katie n Keyon
Courtney-anne hear uncle johnny ur we fav wen I was 7 I bought u a we frog to cheer u up n u cherished it all this time I'm going to lay beside u wen I come over so we can both still cherish it love u
John hear uncle johnny I'm going to miss u so much my we memories of u is going to ur house and I giving me loads of juice so I went home hyper love u
Katie hear uncle johnny my we memory of u is giving me loads candy and u have me a shot of ur hat love
Hi uncle johnny Keyon hear the time I saw u a was only 2 but I kept u on ur toes cause I kept climbing up on back sofa we will all miss u so much xxxxx
Posted by Alec Mccord on June 4, 2021
Johnny I have known you all my life from I was a kid you were always known as “Ringo”then in later years the group Society was formed with my brother Frankie and Raymond and Joe Hull and played in various(and dodgy) locations in Belfast before getting residency in Milanos in Bangor. As Frankie lived in Groomsport it was a case all back to Frankie’s after a gig and boy we had some fun,but some of the best bits were when we used to sit and talk about music and you trying to play “My Sweet Lord” on guitar. You were always a bit of a hero to me a fantastic musician, funny ,smart and such a caring man.Rest in Peace my friend.
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Shared by Debra Wood on June 3, 2021
Many a good laugh with Johnny. Together again with many greats previously passed including my dad John. Bet you're having a wee sing song together now ❤ May you rest in peace xx