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CROOKES, Brian William Henry

June 2, 1954 – July 2, 2012

With much sadness and great love, the family of Brian Crookes announce his passing after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Brian was first and foremost the cornerstone of his family and took great pride in his three girls; his soul mate and wife of 25 years, Mary Anne and beautiful daughters, Alex (23) and Angie (17). In addition to his immediate family, Brian is survived by his two sisters, Bev Ivans (Gordie), and Janice Weinmaster (Bruce) and brother, Kevin Crookes (Gloria) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grandnephews. An avid pilot, Brian was most comfortable in a cockpit or relaxing at his hangar at the Springbank Airport. Those that knew Brian well, will always remember him for his well developed sense of humor, charm, wit and hospitality. Even in the most challenging days of his ten year battle with breast cancer, Brian would find the strength to visit and invariably shift the focus from his illness to his friendship with his visitor. When reflecting on his life outside of his family, Brian was extremely proud of the relationships that carried him through his career. He worked in the oilfield service industry and spent 25 years building Hallmark Tubulars Ltd. with his good friend and mentor, Ron Northcott. While at Hallmark, Brian developed and maintained relationships with an eclectic group of international friends, with his Japanese business partners and with numerous associates in the oil and gas industry. Brian was also very loyal to his close friends. After moving to Calgary in 1983, Brian maintained a close connection to his childhood Kelowna buddies and went on to develop new bonds with his neighborhood friends and with his extended family ‘VECH’. A man of integrity and faith, Brian championed the effort to find the cure with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation between 2002 and 2009 and was instrumental in the building of St. Michael Catholic Community Church in south west Calgary between 2008 and 2011. During his time at St. Michael, Brian developed close relationships with the clergy, staff and many parishioners. The Crookes family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the support provided by St. Michael Catholic Community, Dr. Dean Ruether, Kate, Susan and the entire staff at the Tom Baker Care Centre, Dr. Falk, nurse Andrea O’Brien and the palliative home care team and the staff at Rockyview Hospital. Finally, to VECH, G1, G6, G8, the ‘Walkers’, Jayne and the meal providers… thank you, thank you, thank you… your love and support will never be forgotten.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CHURCH ( 800 – 85 Street S.W.), Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CHURCH ( 800 – 85 Street S.W.) on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made St. Michael Catholic Community Building Fund or to the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation, Suite #414 Hillhurst Building 301 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2A1 Tel: (403) 270-2242 www.breastcancersupportivecare.com .

In living memory of Brian Crookes, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Mary Ann and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Brian’s passing. He was such a good guy and I have nothing but great memories of him from our Itochu meetings in Tokyo and Canada. We did laugh a lot and I will always remember Brian as someone who brought a lot of joy to the people around him. It is a life to be celebrated. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, Bill and Taeko Noble

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  2. Cheryl, Miranda and Jared :

    Mary Anne, Alex and Angie,
    We struggle to find the words to convey our most heartfelt sympathy to you all for your profound loss. We will pray for you and hope god brings you peace of mind.

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  3. Pauline and David Atkinson :

    It is with sorrow that David and I learned of Brians passing. I didn’t know Brian on a personal level, but felt a kinship with him through our journey’s with cancer. I remember so well being prayed over with Fr. Len on a Sunday evening after mass and the great comfort and strength that gave to us. I pray you will know that same comfort in this time of sorrow.

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  4. The Ryan Family :

    Dear Mary Anne, Alex, Angie,

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with all of you and your family. Brian and his wonderful presence will always be with all of us in spirit.

    As we are out of the province, we wish all of you a wonderful celebration of Brian’s (Dad’s) life on Friday and will see all of you in the next few weeks.

    Deepest sympathies,

    Rob, Lloy, Paige, Nichelle, Jessica

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  5. Jerry & Diane Assen :

    Our sincere condolences go out to you and your family. We went to Prayers last night and thought it was a very loving service. Will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    You might not remember me, Jerry, I was also diagnosed with breast cancer the same time Brian was.

    Jerry & Diane Assen

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  6. Caputo Family :

    Mary Anne, Alex and Angie;

    We are so sorry. Please accept our sincere condolences. We feel blessed to have known Brian for the short time we did, he was an outstanding man, his sense of humor and easy going spirit made that time with him so enjoyable.

    All of you are in our prayers.

    Sincerely,

    Carmine, Connie, Emma and Adam Caputo

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  7. Joni Hughes and family :

    To Dear dear Mary Anne, Alex and Angie,
    We were so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. It is 10:45 am July 6th and while I was not strong enough myself to attend Brian’s funeral I will sit quietly at home and pray for him and all of you in my back yard. You will miss him dearly but you have your memories to comfort you as well as the support of your Church and community and extended family members. We love you and I am sending a big hug and kiss to you all. Lots of love Joni Hughes and family

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  8. Mardy & Janet Skibsted :

    Mary Anne, Alex & Angie

    You have been in our thoughts so much lately. We wanted you to know how sorry we were to hear of Brian’s passing. We were unable to attend the funeral, but heard the Thursday night Tribute Service was very moving. Although Brian was taken much too early in life, it sounds like the “quality” of his life was remarkable….true family and community man, successful, travelled, respected… We are truly blessed to have crossed paths with him. We are thinking of you.

    Our deepest sympathy,

    Mardy & Janet Skibsted

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  9. Mary Ann, I am in Newfoundland holidaying with my grandchildren and the word of Brian’s passing has reached me. I am so very sorry to hear this news. He was at all times a gem of a man. You three were blessed with his presence for all these years. I only wish it had been longer. I will be in touch when I return and I send you love and hugs and much much admiration for the way you have carried this illness and the way you have lived these ten years.

    Ev Goodall

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  10. Judy Williams :

    Your valiant warrior has put down his sword and now you must soldier on …
    I am so deeply saddened and sorry for your loss.

    Brian lit up a room. His many successes were exemplary. His positive outlook, perserverence and sheer tenacity were inspiring as he fought such a courageous fight. I am grateful that we crossed paths. And I am grateful that you have both been there for my good friends as they also travel this unexpected and unwelcomed path.

    I hope you and your girls find ever-increasing moments of peace during the tough days ahead.

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  11. Mary Anne, Alex and Angie we are very sorry to hear of the sad news and send our hearfelt condolences. As a leader Brian was a Strategist, Mentor, Talent Scout, Architect, Builder, Coordinator and Champion but above all Brian had integrity and will be missed very much. Our thoughts are with you.

    Jim and Candace Johnson

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  12. Kristen Wakeham (McKellar) :

    Mary Anne, Alex & Angie

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Brian. My prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

    Kristen Wakeham (McKellar)

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  13. Peter Swaisland :

    I send my condolences to Brian’s family and friends. I hold close the good times Brian and I spent together in the O.K. Mission. The fond memories of building underground forts, the model road race sets we built and played with, the water skiing on O.K. lake, and many great times we had as childhood friends will stay with me.

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  14. Brady Dolan :

    Mary Anne and family, I just returned from vacation and learned of Brian’s passing. I am very sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I got to know Brian out at the hangar and always enjoyed our “airplane” conversations. Brian will be greatly missed by many.

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  15. Jill Holmes :

    Mary Anne, Alex and Angie,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of such a wonderful husband and father. I have so many warm memories of Brian from our “childhood” days in Kelowna. Thinking of you all during this sad time.

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  16. Marion Rogers :

    Dear Mary Anne,
    I am so terribly sorry that you have lost your dear Brian, after such a long and brave struggle.
    I am also sorry that I was unable to attend both the prayers and funeral service. Certainly you were in my thoughts.
    I will always remember your laughter with the Lake Louise Ski Girls and hope that your sense of joy and fun will sustain you in the days and weeks ahead Mary Anne.
    God Bless you and your girls, and please accept my deepest sympathy at this time of sorrow.
    Marion

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  17. Bert and Florence Saunders :

    Mary Anne and Family,
    What a beautiful Celebration of Brian’s life at St.Michael Catholic Community Church. Our Prayers and Sympathy.
    Bert and Florence Saunders

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  18. Kevin and Sue Phillips :

    Mary Anne

    Our hearts go out to you and your girls on the loss of Brian. We hope the wonderful memories of fun family times will sustain you going forward. Our thoughts are with you.

    Kevin and Sue Phillips

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  19. Lynn Forrest :

    Mary Anne I was so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. My thoughts and prayer
    are with you. I have only good memories of you and Brian. Lynn

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  20. Michael Delorme :

    Rebecca, Jerrick , Khaedyn and myself would like to send our deepest condolences. We have been away from the St. Michael’s over the past four month as we have lost our home and found ourselves homeless in Airdrie. One of our wonderful parishioners presented me with a funeral card and the news of Brian’s passing. My prayers are with you all.
    It’s not about all the things Brian’s generosity represented. It’s about how he walked in Jesus’ footsteps. He inspires me, when I hear how much he loved our Lord. God Bless You All; In Christ

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  21. Pat Anderson :

    Hi Mary Anne, Alex and Angie
    I feel that it was meant to be that we met you at that bridge session, Mary Anne. Because we got to play bridge together, and I got to meet Brian. I feel so fortunate that I got to know your husband and father a little bit before he died. Ken had always liked Brian, and then we got to spend time with him. What a lovely, lovely man. Warm and kind. So open about his life and illness. Strong and supportive of everyone in the midst of his own struggles. Always courteous and gracious. Funny and sweet. And so full of life. What a wonderful example he provided for his daughters on how to be a good and loving human being. Our hearts are with you at this time.
    Pat, Ken, Rachael and Emily

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  22. Anitra Mamen :

    Dear Angie, Alex and Mary Anne – I have been thinking about you constantly, ever since i found out a week ago (through the dragonboat team)that Brian had died – I deeply regret not finding out in time to be at his memorial service, as he epitomized a healthy approach to life and hope, illness and dying.I shall always remember his determination to keep active with his interests as long as he possibly could, and even then some! He will be an inspiration to me when my time comes. Yes, you have lost the love of your life, but you have a precious legacy to cherish, and I know he will be constantly in your thoughts for a long time to come. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
    Sincerely, Dr. M.

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  23. Brad Chapman :

    Mary Anne and family; Bev, Janice and Kevin.

    It was with deep sadness that I learned of Brian’s passing after his courageous battle. He was certalinly an inspiration to many for his strength and perserverance over these past few years. While I only was able to speak with him a few times in the relatively recent past, it was great to hear the news of his family and their accomplishments. He cetainly was very proud of everyone. My thoughts are with all of you. Brad Chapman (Kelowna)

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  24. Cheri & Doug Janzen :

    Dear Janice, Bruce, Bev, Gordie and Families,

    We are very saddened to hear of your brother’s passing. Please know we share in your grief and would like to extend our sincere condolences on Brian’s passing. Although we never had the pleasure to meet Brian, Janice would tell us about her brother. In discussion with Janice she was so proud of Brian’s accomplishments in life.I am sure Brian was an amazing husband,father and brother.
    “Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about”

    Love from Cheri & Doug Janzen

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  25. Judy Lee-Hoffer :

    Dearest Mary Anne:

    Upon returning from California, while scanning through past newspapers, I saw Brian’s obituary.

    What a loss for you, Alex and Angie! In my brief encounter with Brian, I especially appreciated his genuiness and warmth. I can only imagine how much you will miss him.

    I am home for most of the summer so if you ever feel like a cup of coffee and a visit I’ll be delighted to see you.

    Please take good care of precious you.

    With love,

    Judy.

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