Jay Gatsby

Robert James (Jim) Crowe


- December 29, 2017

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Obituary

Robert James (Jim) Crowe passed peacefully on Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. Paul's Hospital. Jim was predeceased by his father and mother Robert (Bob) and Merle, his wife of 64 years Agnes (nee Lypka), younger brothers Doug and Jack and son-in-law Keith. He leaves behind to celebrate his life, his sister Vera Edmundson, sisters-in-law Daphne, June and Olga, his children Barbara, Glenn (Lori), Rick and Bill and his beloved 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind numerous Crowe and Edmundson nieces and nephews and Agnes' special nephews Gerald and Brian. Jim was born in Regina on July 3, 1923 to Robert and Merle Crowe. He was fiercely proud of his Saskatchewan prairie roots and fully embraced the four seasons. There was no place he would rather be. At the age of 18 Dad joined the Canadian Army and served overseas during World War II. He trained in England and saw action in North Africa, Italy and the Netherlands. Following the war he continued his service as a Sergeant in the North Saskatchewan Regiment reserves. During the war Jim contracted tuberculosis and upon his return he was hospitalized at the Saskatoon Tuberculosis Sanatorium. It was there where he would meet the love of his life, Agnes. They were married on June 9, 1949. Our father was a proud and dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch TVS 78. He held various executive positions within the Legion at the local, provincial and national levels including a term as TVS National president from 1980 to 1984. Over the years he advocated for his fellow vets as he aided them in their efforts to access the benefits that they had rightly earned by serving their country during times of war. Jim was a long time employee of the Hudson's Bay Company. He retired from his job in 1985 but not from life. He continued to keep himself busy with the Legion, cribbage and carpet bowling and the gatherings of the Regina Rifles and the Saskatoon Light Infantry alumni. The family would like to give our heartfelt thanks for the compassionate care that was extended to our Dad by the staff at St. Paul's hospital. We also acknowledge the support and kindness shown to Dad by the members of his Legion family. The family will also celebrate him the way he would have it, down at "Wagooch", under the prairie sky, playing horseshoes then roasting marshmallows by the fire while enjoying the best view in Saskatchewan. Goodbye Dad, Your family is at peace knowing that you are now hand in hand with Mom, the prettiest girl you ever met. If desired, donations can be made in memory of Jim to the Canadian Lung Association, the Salvation Army or a charity of choice.

Funeral Details

At Jim's request no funeral is to take place. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

Condolence Messages

Sylvia Scherbulk

Written January 10, 2018 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


our deepest condolences to all of Jim's family from his Comrades at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 78 TVS.. Jim will be missed at all of our future gatherings. Thank You for your service Jim. Your Comrades at RCL Br. 78 TVS.

Eric Cline

Written January 08, 2018 from Saskatoon, SK

In Jim Crowe's obituary, reference is made to his time at the Saskatoon Tuberculosis Sanatorium and lifelong involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion TVS Branch 78. My dad contacted TB and other disability during his military service, was also in the "San," and my parents Bob and Lil were members of the branch. I often heard them talk about Jim Crowe and his advocacy on behalf of veterans, always with a great deal of gratitude and respect. Mr. Crowe assisted my dad and also my mother after my dad passed away many years ago. As well, I received bursaries when I went to university from both the local branch and the national organization, and he was involved with that as well. I wanted his family to know that his unpaid work on behalf of veterans and their families was appreciated, made a big difference in many lives, and is not forgotten. Although I only met him a few times, I always considered him as a person whose example should be followed. He was a very generous and unselfish man. Sincere condolences on his passing.
Eric Cline
Saskatoon SK

Rev. Colin Clay

Written January 08, 2018 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the members of Jim's family. I was away over Christmas and the New Year and only learned of Jim's death when I arrived home on Friday 5th and, on behalf of our small group of Royal Regina Rifles Association members - Greta Switzer, Carmen Beaumont, Don Breher and myself, Colin Clay, I want to extend our condolences. Jim was a faithful member at our monthly meetings, and joined us for our last meeting before Christmas on Friday, November 24th when, as his custom was, he joined us for lunch after the meeting. We enjoyed his presence and his gentle sense of humour so much. Some of us were also present on the occasion of the "First Pinning of the Poppy" at Market Mall in November 2017 when Jim was especially honoured as one who, following World War 2, was a TB Veteran. We shall miss Jim deeply and we will be pleased to acknowledge his friendship when, at some later date, you choose to have a time to honour him. Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Jim's family, at this sad time. Sincerely, Colin Clay and Jim's friends in the Royal Regina Rifles Association.