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CROSBY, Edwin Emery

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 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). 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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  1. Bonnie, Cindy, Jerred & Amanda:
    I know that all of us Nakamas are thinking of you at this sad time. I am sending warm thoughts and hugs your way and hope it helps in some small way and that your memories will sustain you.
    Peggy Nakama

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  2. Bonnie, my thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. May you find peace with the passage of time and the memories of his life comfort you. Take care.

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  3. To Bonnie and family – My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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  4. We were very saddened by Ed’s departure. He was a great guy whose company we absolutely enjoyed. We will always remember the cruise we took together, and his great sense of humour. Condolences to Bonnie, Rick, Sue and Ed’s entire family.

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  5. karalee briggs :

    To the Crosby family. Please know how deeply sorry I am on the loss of your husband, father and friend Ed I worked for Ed for many years at G E Schnier. I have not seen him or Bonnie for many many years but have always kept you both in my heart. Ed was at my wedding almost 25 years ago. I will truly miss him. God bless you all during this time.

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  6. Irene and Bernie Eurchuk :

    Bonnie and Family,

    We are very sad to hear of Ed’s passing and very sorry for your loss. It is hard to realize that our “little nephew” is no longer with us. We know he will be greatly missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Aunt Irene and Uncle Bernie

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  7. Sari and Harvey Toll :

    We would like to give our sincere condolences to you Bonnie and your entire family. We are so sorry for your loss . May the love of your friends and wonderful children and amazing sister provide comfort to you.

    Sari and Harvey

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  8. Brant and Irma :

    We are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We enjoyed knowing him and enjoyed the time we were able to spend with him. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.

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  9. Les & Mo Crosby :

    We are so numb with the passing of my brother & brother-in-law. We’ve shared so many family times together over the years. He will be sorely missed, although we find comfort in knowing he is out of pain. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Bonnie, Cindy, Jerred , Mandy & families. May all your treasured memories keep Ed, your Dad & Grandpa close in your hearts.
    With our Love, Les & Mo xoxo

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  10. Julie Leesman :

    Bonnie and family I am very saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. It has been many years since I have seen you both, but I have great memories of fun and laughter with You and Ed at gatherings. I know the pain you are feeling right now, we can only hope that time turns that pain into a reel of beautiful memories.

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  11. Heather Parkinson :

    Dear Bonnie, Cindy, Jered, Mandy, Brianna, Samantha, Kyle, Sierra, and all the extended family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. And so sorry we won’t be able to be there today to celebrate his life. Even though I haven’t seen Ed for a few years, I will remember Ed as one of a kind, a strong person who put family first. I will always remember him fondly. He (and Bonnie) always made me feel like family, which meant I always felt welcome in their home and at family events, if I said or did something stupid, I was called on it, if someone said or did something stupid to me, they were called on it. If I was doing work for him, it was about fun as long as I was working hard. I really appreciate the example from him in my life that life should be fun, people should be treated with respect, you should work hard, and family means everything. I’m so grateful to have known Ed and my heart and thoughts go out to you all today as you celebrate such a special person.
    Love Heather and Darren

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