August 16, 1944 – Edmonton Alberta
September 19, 2014 – Calgary Alberta
It is with saddened hearts and a grave sense of loss that we announce the passing of Edwin (Ed) Emery Crosby on Friday, September 19, 2014. We are thankful that family was able to be with Ed during his final days and by his side when he passed.
He will be remembered most as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Family was very important to Ed. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, and extended family. He felt that family and close friends were meant to support, help, guide, and rely on one another. He lived his life this way and expected it from the rest of us. For this lesson we are thankful.
Ed was born in Edmonton, attended Jasper Place High School and played football with the Edmonton Huskies. He was part of the 1962-63-64 Canadian Junior Football Champion team inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. His early career took him to Toronto and he married Bonnie in Ottawa but eventually resettled in Alberta raising his family in Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Calgary. He worked in distribution, warehousing, and transportation throughout his career but sought to work for himself. He created a contracting company in Calgary twenty years ago through which he built and renovated homes and commercial spaces throughout the province. Most important to Ed, he also built many great relationships through this career.
Playing sports was something Ed grew up doing and he continued to enjoy being active throughout his life. At the top of his list were football for competition when he was younger, and water skiing and snow skiing with friends for enjoyment. He watched all sports and loved the social interaction and camaraderie of viewing and cheering with others. Being from Edmonton he was a huge fan of the Eskimos and Oilers but spent a lot of time cheering with his Calgary community for the Stamps and Flames too. He invested a lot of time in the athletic pursuits of family, including coaching and volunteering as an organizer in the soccer community. His most recent sports passion was to encourage and cheer on the activities of his grandchildren.
Travel, always focused around family and friends, was another thing Ed enjoyed. He was committed to going to family events whenever possible, never wanting to miss the annual family get together in Jasper or personal celebrations. He loved that he and Bonnie often got to visit his sister in law Sue and husband Rick in Ottawa and Fort Myers Beach and was always keen on their cruises together. He often organized trips for he and Bonnie to visit their son Jerred in places like Washington D.C., Atlanta, Puerto Rico, North and South Carolina, and New York City. He revelled in the memories of his road trip across the U.S. with his brother Ron and his long desired trip to Normandy France, both completed just a few years ago. He was not able to travel recently and was very thankful that many family and friends were able to visit him.
Ed felt the need to constantly be active and was always looking for a new project or way to contribute. This was much to the benefit of those around him. He was the central organizer, pushing things forward, but always made sure there was a role, activity, or learning opportunity for everyone. He was known for getting things done and enjoyed accomplishments to benefit others and for the feeling of knowing a job was done right. He was a guide, mentor, and support to many. We learned many things from him including how to live life openly and honestly.
Ed will be sadly missed by his wife of forty-five years Bonnie; children, Cindy Weninger, Jerred Crosby, and Mandy (Chris) Pierson; beloved grandchildren, Brianna, Samantha, Kyle, and Sierra Weninger, Nash, Kade, Avery, and Liam Pierson; siblings, Ron Crosby, Ilona (Daryl) Joy, Gerry (Lorraine) Crosby, Les (Mo) Crosby, David (Diana Coulthard) Crosby, Heather (Roger) Drew, Hal Crosby, Harmonna (Diane Hiscox) Crosby, Hilary Lumme, and Ross Crosby. His nieces, nephews, and members of his large extended family will also lovingly remember him. He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Margaret Crosby.
Remembrance Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes or volunteer efforts may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 (Telephone: 403-521-3433). www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. Our family is grateful to the people at the Tom Baker Cancer Center and Sarcee Hospice who provided Ed tremendous care and compassion.
In living memory of Ed Crosby, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.
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