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.Print This Obituary & Condolences