Obituary: Father Dale Crampton

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CRAMPTON, (Rev.) Dale Arden 

(Born Maurice Joseph Dale Mulvey) 

Died on October 12, 2010 age 74. A grateful, recovering alcoholic, in hiss 25th year of sobriety. A “friend of BilI W.”  Son of the late William James Crampton and Mary Margaret Walecke.. Brother of the late Patricia Anne Crampton. Funeral service and interment have taken place. Appreciation to  extended family and friends who gave him a kind word or a moment of their time. To those who “shared their experience, strength and hope” with him since February 25th, 1986, his date of recovery, and beginning of a wonderful new life thanks! Apologies to those he offended in life.

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(Ottawa Citizen, 23 October 2010)

25 Responses to Obituary: Father Dale Crampton

  1. Sylvia says:

    I don’t believe Father Crampton had any input into this obit. Whoever penned it, I believe the choice of words in the last sentence leaves much to be desired. Better to have said nothing than: “Apologies to those he offended in life.” For his many victims, “offended” doesn’t come close.

  2. Michel B. says:

    Not much of an amend in that last statement, really a sad legacy for someone who was in recovery. I am glad that he did stay sober as this may have tempered his sickness and stopped him from re-offending, Was there new charges after his sober date ? I agree he did not write this and so the depth of how he hurt people is not evident. A prayer for those he hurt and a prayer for his sickended soul may he answer and account to his Higher Power

  3. Sylvia says:

    I don’t believe you mean sickness as in sickness of mind or body do you Michel? Sickness of the soul I can go. And perversion of the mind I can go. But I can’t go with sickness of the mind or sickness of the body. Heaven help us if we reach the point of believing that sex abuse/paedophilia is excused as a sickness over which the molester/paedophile has no control. I have deep fears that we are headed in that direction so don’t mind me because I do tend to jump when I see the word sickness used in conjction with child molesters.

    Yes, a prayer for all his victims. And, yes, a prayer for the soul of Father Dale Crampton who has by now stood before and answered to his Maker. God knows what we do not. I leave him in God’s hands.

  4. Michel B. says:

    Child abuse is a crime period, his sickness was his obsession for sex with children. No excuse he made his choices and he knew that it is a crime to assault children. He was a molester and chose to act on his impulses with grave consequences for his vicitms. These men will need to be supervised well after their legal accounting to the state because they are obsessed with crimiminal acts towards children if they own their crap perhaps a circle of supervision can be put in place. The abuser has to own his perverse propensity for unacceptable behaviour and alter it, friends and family can help by identifying decisions made by the abuser that may put them in situations leading to abuse. I am not defending him just saying if he accepted how wrong he was as a consequence of following his steps he may have stoped abusing once sober

  5. 1yellowknife says:

    If he was genuinely repentant, he would have made amends… over and over and over. Having that said that; I agree these words may not be his. But even a mention of having hurt others is marginally better than the obituary the victims of MARTIN HOUSTON got to read!! Houston was buried as if he were a shining prince of the church. Shame on those who ordained Houston AFTER he served a prison sentence as a sadistic sexual predator. Shame on Archbishop Legatt for participating in the farce ofuneral.

  6. 1yellowknife says:

    (continuede) participating in the farce of Houston’s funeral. Crompton’s obit is bad. Houston’s is so much worse.

  7. cklundy says:

    ‘A greatful recovering addict’…greatful for what exactly? Greatful that many more boys didn’t speak out against him? I have known my husband for 10yrs and I am the only one that he has confided in regarding the horrific acts that that pervert subjected him to between the ages of 6-13 years of age. I am very close to having him accept help so that he can truly begin his life to the fullest.
    What a coward.

  8. Sylvia says:

    I took your email address out cklundy. If you meant for it to be there I will put it back.

    Keep encouraging your husband to seek the help he needs – with yout love and support he will eventually get the courage to seek the help he needs

    Dear Lord above, how many suffering Crampton victims are there out struggling through life, – trying to find a way to cope with the pain?

  9. Ed says:

    I was a personal friend of Dale Crampton when I was growing up. Hearing of his convictions saddened me deeply, both for his victims and for him. I will wonder at the possible link between the overwhelming loneliness of imposed celibacy on men like him. I was also furious, white with rage, when I heard of his suicide, not at him, but at his church, its hierarchy and its high priced lawyers who protected these men and allowed them to continue to abuse. Why wasn’t he kicked out at the beginning of his criminal abuse? Why were so many more abused? I can only presume that all those who protected him and his like, who looked the other way, who fought to hide their collusion, are burning in the hellfire that they all believed in. (I don’t) And this includes their hierarchy right up to the top.

  10. PJ says:

    “Apologies to those he offended in life.”…NOT ACCEPTED. Hope he’s burning in hell.

  11. bev says:

    My late husband was a victim of dale crampton. This dates back to the late 50’s and early 60’s when crampton frequented St. Pat’s Orphanage preying on vulnerable children (my husband being one of them). The crampton ” family” actually took my husband in as a foster child and the abuse went on for years, in their home and at the cottage. Dale Crampton is right where he should be…burning in hell!

    • Sylvia says:

      I had never before heard of Father Crampton at St. Pat’s orphanage Bev, and in fact had to google St. Patrick’s orphanage to find out where it was etc. Did your late husband tell you any more about what went on at the orphanage?

  12. Lynne says:

    I, a victim myself, knows that one is never healed to the fullest! We as children and even adults, have been robbed of our lives. Secretly people are earning their trust with me. I am a very fortunate person to have the best husband and children that one could every ask for but there are others out there who are alone. Because of this, I am becoming a activist and believe by doing this, it will continue to help me heal but also I am hoping to help others.

    I have been through point A to Z, from keeping this deep, dark secret till my teens. Then I begged for the secret to never be shared with family and then the final step, finally coming forward in my late 30’s, going through 6 adjournments and 6 very, very difficult years patiently waiting for the Court date. I will admit, I almost gave up on the last adjournment but it was my 15 year old daughter at the time, gave me that extra push to come forward.

    I am very sorry, the sentence that I did not like at all ‘Apologies to those he offended in life.’ How can that been taken? A simple appology will never correct the mental issues that one like he has scared people of like me. It’s been over a year since I have gone to court and I still get angry and upset but I will say, life is getting easier, slowly. We all need time to heal and when these people rob trust from us, we have a hard time allowing others to earn it.

    I will never forget what my abuser did to me and it was only for a year. For others, it is many, many years. I will never accept it and believe that one can be trusted. I will never allow my children around people like this and he deserves no acceptance or anything at all.

    I just felt I needed to say what I had to say…it hurts me so much to know that so many continue to live with such a large secret! Even if you don’t want to come forward to the Police, you need to talk to someone who has either experienced the same or a export. You can not be buried and carry all this weight upon your shouldes. It’s just too much to carry…

  13. Arlene says:

    I am a former parishioner of St. Georges, London, Ontario. At Easter time in 80s, I entered the church and saw Dale Crampton serving mass. Previously from St. Maurices in Ottawa, I was aware of what he had done. I phoned the Bishops office and told them to get Crampton out of the church because I knew who he was and what they were pulling off or I would call the London Free Press. The Bishops Secretary arrived. I was then called by the Bishop Sherlock to come to his office to discuss this matter. We had a heated argument whereby I defended the raped children, called Crampton and people like him, wolves in sheeps clothing. It got worse and he basically dismissed me as having no forgiveness in my heart for a recovering alcoholic. That was the day I left the Catholic Church (he robbed me of my faith) but I let him know that the Bishop”s sneaky ways of lying to the parents of the children he raped were believing this guy was out of commission but he was in the back room of the church with the children and passing out communion with his filthy hands. Glad to hear the problem is solved and obviously by the culprit. I tried my best but the Bishop was great at overpowering my logic that this guy and perverts like him should not be in the priesthood but should be in jail, but they have a way of just lying and relocating. He did his best to load me with guilt and make me think I was over reacting and crazy. The whole thing is disgusting! But I tried!

    • Sylvia says:

      Thank you for passing along that information Arlene. I knew for years that Father Crampton was in the London Diocese presumably working on the marriage tribunal as a Canon lawyer. I always wondered if he assisting in a local parish – and now we know that indeed he was was!

      Do you have any idea who the parish priest at St. George’s was at the time? And, do you recall what arguments Bishop Sherlock use to defend allowing a convicted molester function as a Roman Catholic priest in his diocese?

  14. Mk says:

    Hi. I am 51 years old. I have finally told my wife and family about the abuse I faced from Dale Crampton and John Beahan. I have now contacted a lawyer. Is there any way to get in touch with other victims from St Maurice

    • Sylvia says:

      Good for you Mk.

      Are there other Crampton victims who would be willing to get in contact with Mk? If yes, please send me an email – I will relay your email to Mk

      • RT says:

        I am a 62 year old victim I am currently involved in a suit. Yes I would be interested in speaking with another survivor. I was at another church in Ottawa, it happened in 1964/5

    • VvV says:

      Hi Mk. My friend told me last year about his abuse by Dale Crampton when he was attending St. Maurice. He is 48 so perhaps in a different grade than you were? I have been helping him take steps as well and he is engaged in a process. My friend told me to send you a message if you want to touch base with him. (I will also let Sylvia know so that she may send his e-mail to you.) He may be able to answer any questions you may have. Best of luck!

      • m says:

        hi i just saw this is there anyway to get im touch with this person

        • Mark Webster says:

          Hi m.
          I posted in January 25, 2017 about a complaint process we’d engaged in with the Archdiocese of Ottawa regarding Dale Crampton. We were engaged in direct negotiation with them (as opposed to going through a lawyer). The person I advocated for (my partner) has now settled. We have signed a non-disclosure agreement regarding the amount. However we are free to discuss the process, procedures and our own thoughts on how we prepared for interviews. So if you have a specific question regarding this, please contact Sylvia and she will direct you to me. My partner, VvV, is willing to chat and discuss his experience in dealing with the church to reach the settlement but he asked me to reply to your inquiry because he is private (but is willing to speak to other victims).

          We settled our complaint in March of this year and I will say that the Archdiocese was both fair and sensitive. I strongly recommend having a cool-headed advocate (not a lawyer) assist victims. It could be a family member or close friend. Myself or VvV would be willing to talk about our process and how we felt about the outcome.

          We did have to engage with lawyers at the end of the process to sign off on the agreement. VvV and I had also looked into his joining one of the class action suits but we opted to handle this matter ourselves.

          From start to finish, the process took about 6 months.

          If you wish to speak directly, M, then please ask Sylvia to forward my e-mail to you.

        • VvV says:

          Hi m.
          I posted in January 25, 2017 about a complaint process we’d engaged in with the Archdiocese of Ottawa regarding Dale Crampton. We were engaged in direct negotiation with them (as opposed to going through a lawyer). The person I advocated for (my partner) has now settled. We have signed a non-disclosure agreement regarding the amount. However the agreement allows us to fully discuss the process. So if you have a specific question regarding this, please contact Sylvia and she will direct you to me.

          We settled his complaint in March of this year and I will say that the Archdiocese was both fair and sensitive. I strongly recommend having a cool-headed advocate (not a lawyer) assist victims. It could be a family member or close friend. Myself or VvV would be willing to talk about our process and how we felt about the outcome.

          We did have to engage with lawyers at the end of the process to sign off on the agreement. VvV and I had also looked into his joining one of the class action suits but we opted to handle this matter ourselves and engage lawyers to witness and review.

          The process took about 6 months from start to finish.

          If you wish to speak directly, M, then please ask Sylvia to forward my e-mail to you.

        • Sylvia says:

          i just sent you the email address

  15. Sylvia says:

    I just sent your email address to Mk.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the many many men whom like you, suffered sexual abuse as children at the hands of this wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    Stay strong RT.

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