March 18, 1919 – August 5, 2019
The death of Earl Crosbie, aged 100 years, occurred August 5, 2019. Earl was born on the family farm northwest of Caron, Sask. on March 18, 1919. He attended Pelican Lake School. When he was 17, he and his younger brother, Milt, rented their grandfathers farm at Archydal. Unfortunately, the two years they farmed were two of the worst years of the depression and they gave up farming. They then drove to Vancouver with two friends and eventually found jobs there. In 1940 he joined the RCAF and was attached to #419 RSU (Repair and Salvage Unit). He went overseas on Jan. 1st, 1943 and went in on the invasion with his unit. He was in Europe until the end of the War.
After the war Earl farmed at Rowletta, Sask. In 1948 he married Joan Rorison. They lived on the farm in the summer and in Moose Jaw in the winter. In 1954 Earl retired from farming and they lived permanently in Moose Jaw. Earl worked in sales for several companies, including Swifts, National Flour Mills, Quaker Oats and Patterson Motors. In 1970 he retired, and he and Joan moved to Blind Bay on Lake Shuswap, B.C. where they lived until 1999, when they moved to Salmon Arm.
Earl loved to travel, dance, garden, read and visit with his relatives and friends. He and Joan had some wonderful trips. In 1970 they travelled around the world by ship and in later years took trips to many foreign countries. During the 80’s and 90’s they spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona.
Earl is survived by Joan, his wife of 71 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Herb and Frances Crosbie, his sons Bob in 1978 and Hugh in 2010. Also, his sisters Betty Johnstone and Frances Martin, and his brothers Milt, Gord and Doug. He is survived by his grandson, Fraser (Jennifer) and great grandsons Domenic and Anthony of Calgary, daughter-in-law, Linda, sisters-in-law, Edith and Joyce and many nieces and nephews.
A big thank you to the care-aides at Shuswap Lodge who looked after him so well. Thanks also to Dr. Bonthuys and Dr. Wood for their care and to the staff at Shuswap Lodge.
At Earl’s request, there will be no funeral. Cremation will take place and his remains will be laid to rest in Blind Bay Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to Earl’s family through his obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army.
Bowers Funeral Service
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