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James William Crowley Sr

April 24, 2022

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather James William Crowley Sr. with his family by his side. He will be sadly missed by his wife and life partner of 66 years, Joyce and by his children Cheryl, Jim Jr (Barb), Carol (Bob), Janice (Jim), Patti, Elan (Bryan), his 12 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.  He is survived by his two brothers Charles and Robert Crowley and a large extended family.

Jim was born in Kenora to William and Oral Crowley and lived in Laclu most of his life. He was an auto mechanic starting in his early teens and later owned and operated Pine Portage Service (Minute Muffler). He met Joyce Gosselin in Kenora, and they married on September 03, 1955. Together they built their home in Laclu where they raised their family of six children. He spent many weekends fishing, camping and hunting all over Northwestern Ontario with family and friends. Jim always enjoyed family gatherings with games of ring toss, bocci ball and joking around with the grandkids. He was an avid gardener and was not shy to share his produce.

He was always first at the jobsite whenever one of the kids had a home improvement project underway. For many years he was involved with the Laclu Community Club and the PUFF Firehall. Jim and Joyce travelled all over Canada square dancing and folk dancing. He enjoyed traveling on many trips to various scenic destinations. One very memorable trip for him was to Ireland to meet his cousin.

Jim enjoyed playing card games, board games and his weekly cribbage games at Puff. He especially enjoyed playing Jokers and Pegs with good friends Linda and Murray Houlden after moving to Southward Villa.

The family would like to express our thanks to Dr. Brad Kyle and Northwest Home and Community Care Support Services.

A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to PUFF Fire Hall or a charity of your choice in Jim’s Honor.

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