Joseph Dalzell Crothers

July 28, 2014 9 Condolences Print Obituary

Born June 19, 1945 Lisburn, Northern Ireland Passed away: July 22, 2014 Calgary, Alberta

Beloved husband of Annette for 48 years, dearly missed by son Paul, brother Tom (Maeve) and family, sister Hazel (Randy) and family, brother-in-law Mick in U.K., relatives in N. Ireland.  Predeceased by his mother and father, Susan and Tommy.
Arrived in Montreal by ship in 1957 at the age of twelve, with his mother Susan, brother Tom (6), sister Hazel (2) and dog Laddie.  They made their way to Edmonton by train to meet up with Joe's father.
Joe completed his education, electrical apprenticeship through N.A.I.T. and entered into employment with various electrical contractors.  During this time Joe met a recently arrived immigrant from England. Annette and he subsequently married two years later.  Joe and Annette spent a brief period in England where he continued to work in the electrical profession.  A close relationship grew with their new son Paul and Annette's family. On return to Canada the three, Joe, Annette and Paul settled in nearby St. Albert for many years.  Employed with Calgary Power, later known as TransAlta, Joe travelled extensively in Alberta making many friends with his colleagues, many of whom he kept in contact with over the years and are in fact attending here today. Joe forever loved his work and the people.
In his mid-forties Joe set out on a new adventure, consulting through his own electrical company in Calgary. Tough but rewarding, Joe continued with those endeavours until last year.  Joe never officially retired, although he was slowed down in latter years by illness.
In addition to Joe's love and devotion for Annette and Paul he had an ever-enduring passion for music, starting with a simple acoustic guitar. Paul's interest in music was inspired at the age of 3 by his dad and over the years they spent endless hours together playing instruments from their extensive collection. Their music lives on forever.



Funeral Service
August 1, 2014 11a.m.
Beulah Alliance Church
17504-98A Avenue Edmonton, AB

1:30 p.m. at Westlawn Memorial Gardens

  1. Annette Crothers and family,
    My husband Wes Kwasnicki and I, Teresa Kwasnicka had a privilege to work with Joe for the few years at Altalink. He was a devoted worker, kind and friendly person. I had a chance to see him few more times after he got sick on the couple on occasions during our prayers meeting or our lunches. He always was more concern of his wife well being with putting up with his crankiness during hard times, his doctor dying in the unfortunate accident… than with his illness. He was a selfless man and he never complained. He took life as it was. We are sorry for your loss and hope that you will find the way to go on without him. Bless you and the rest of your family.

  2. My sincere condolences Annette and Paul on the passing of Joe into eternity of heaven. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort at this time. I know Joe through work and prayer times at Altalink. I shall miss him also.

  3. To Annette, Paul, Tom and family and Hazel and family. It was so wonderful to have Joe visit not too long ago and share supper with him. So many years living across the street on Warren Park Drive and then the Crothers family taking the same route to Canada as we did. Remember you all with so much fondness. Blessings and stay strong. Childhood ties run deep and we never forget.

  4. Dear Annette and family,
    Very saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. Good neighbors make great neighborhoods, Shannon Drive lost an original and good neighbor. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

    Debbie & Glenn
    Kenzie, Jill, Madeline, Ella

  5. In Joe’s passing a piece of all of us goes, and can never be replaced. I grew-up with Joe for 12 years
    in Northern Ireland. As a childhood friend and neighbor, we both departed our native land and came
    to Canada in 1957. We visited in Saskatoon in the summer 1958, then 54 years later you made a special effort to reconnect with me in Saskatoon. It was like we had never been apart. I have special
    memories of you and will never forget you, the next time we meet I will be making the journey.
    All my love to Annette, Tom and Hazel. Joe will be missed.


  6. Our deepest sympathy. We will always have good memories of the times we spent together. Eternal rest grant to Joe O Lord and bring peace and comfort to Annette and Paul.

    With love, Marilyn and Dick Gerber

  7. To Annette, Paul, Tom and family and Hazel and family, on behalf of all of us , James & Freda ,David and Kathleen , Florence and Hugh , Roy and Evian , and all our extended families, sincere condolences at this sad time .
    Unfortunately we can’t be with you tomorrow , but will be thinking of you all .
    Joe arrived in Montreal in 1957 , I still remember the evening he left Northern Ireland along with Tom , Hazel and of course Aunt Susie, and not forgetting Laddie.
    We had travelled up to Belfast’s Donegal Quay to say farewell .
    I was a seven year old ,however it was one of those events in life that remains clear to this day .
    The grey goods sheds we had to get permission to go through to get to the quayside ,the steep gangway and of course my mother and Susie crying .
    We stayed on the quayside until the mooring lines were shipped and the Crothers family set sail for Liverpool , on the first of their journey to a new life in Canada .


  8. So sorry for your loss Hazel. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

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