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CROSBY, Philip Bruce “Skip”

December 10, 1945 — June 4, 2021

Skip (Philip) Bruce Crosby passed away suddenly on June 4, 2021, in his own home. Skip was a proud man and would never share his health concerns with anyone, he often stated in his final days “I am fit as a fiddle.”

Skip was an avid outdoorsman and could travel the back country roads of British Columbia without a single map and enjoyed doing this in every spare moment he had. His photography is a testament to this as his cottage walls were adorned with large canvas prints of his favorite photos of the views, waterfalls and mountains he encountered in his journeys.

Skip started an ATV club years ago and many, muddy rides created incredible memories for all that joined in on the fun! He recently bought a Honda Talon Side by Side and unfortunately was never able to Christen his new ride on the open trails. He did, however, have many opportunities to take his granddaughter Winter and her friends all around the acreage picking flowers and being goofy and, in these moments, his face beamed with pride, love and happiness.

Skip had a work ethic unmatched. Some of his lengthy careers include the Calgary Police, RCMP, Lavington Glass Plant and most recently Vernon Taxi. He worked incredibly hard all his life and would do anything for his employers and co-workers. It was evident that his last job with Vernon Taxi was incredible rewarding. Skip was a social butterfly and knew everybody in town as he had grown up in Vernon. Being able to see so many people daily, often people he knew, was a bright light in his days. He always spoke of the great conversations he had with new people, but he also received endless personalized rides, which he loved. If you called and asked for Skip or “Car 6”, you knew you would be smiling and laughing the whole way home and that you would get there safely.

Skip radiated energy and enthusiasm. He loved telling stories, and he had an abundance to share with anyone in his company.

Besides his family, there was no greater love for Skip than the love he had for his Pug, Peanut, and his French Bulldog, Bebe. His four-legged family miss him terribly but have found new, loving homes that will undoubtedly shower them with endless love and cuddles!

Skip is survived by his daughter Kari Starr and her children Terrick Crosby and Winter Starr; his daughter Michelle (Brad) Fillion and her children Marie and James Fillion; his sisters Pat Taylor and Micki (Lee) Voth and his brothers Larry and Ian (Margaret) Crosby. Skip had many nieces, nephews, and extended family that called him Uncle Skip, and you could see the pride in his eyes when he talked with them or took them for rides in his boat or on his ATV. Skip was also “Pops” to anyone not genetically related to him because that is the love he felt for everyone, they were all family. Skip was predeceased by his mother Joan Zavaglia. Each and every one of the people in Skip’s life were loved unconditionally and completely by him.

Skip had a close-knit group of friends that meant the world to him, and they regularly went on camping trips, day trips through the mountains on the ATVs and spent a lot of time together. Patti, Devin, Tony, Liz, Ron and Maureen – you were so very special to Skip and you made his life better every day by being a part of it.

A Celebration of Life will be held when the restrictions of gatherings are lifted to ensure any and all who want to share stories and celebrate the incredible man Skip Crosby was, are able to be there!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA, as Skip’s love for his dogs was everything.

Skip, Pops, Dad – You will never leave us as your memory will live on forever in our hearts.

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  • John Kroft says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Skip was a solid person who was loved by all. My fond memories of Skip was when I came home from the military for holidays…Skip always made sure I arrived home safely after a night out at the clubs. Thankyou Skip. You will be greatly missed by all.

  • Vanessa Neufeld says:

    Your boat rides when we were little! Learning to knee board on the shores of Okanagan lake. These are the stuff of childhood. And taking us stargazing. I too have done this with my nephews. Thank you for helping to instill in us a love of nature!

  • Michael Allison says:

    I knew Skip for a very long time 45 plus years I remember him for his boats or helping my dad with his boats or the stories about the glass plant and yes I do have a picture of him working and having a coke in his hands all the time and driving the cab at night when I need it rest in peace

  • Myron and Laurie Feniuk (Tania’s parents) says:

    Kari, we have been away and just heard about your father, Skip’s, passing. We send our heart felt condolences to you, Michelle, and all your families. Skip was definitely a unique person and we enjoyed our chats every time we met on the road, in front of his place on Lake shore or downtown. We just want you to know we’re thinking of you!

  • Linda Short says:

    I remember when were younger and attending the roller rink, Skip was always there and being the disc jockey, everybody knew him, he was awesome! Condolences to the family, he will be missed

  • pat kuhn + family says:

    From Vss to consumers to taxi and boat ride. to his Girls. Thanks for being you the memories and sharing your Life. Maybe they still need rides where you’re going
    Pat Kuhn and family

  • Jeff Connauton says:

    This man was one of the greatest people I ever met and I was lucky to know him personally. He shared his love of the outdoors with me many times.
    He always brightened my nights at the club he made me smile and laugh so much.
    I will miss you skip rest easy and know many are thinking of the impact you made on their lives.

  • Rod Mallett says:

    What a shock to lose an old buddy! You were instrumental in my world of Harleys. You also claimed to have destroyed my life by giving me my first ride on the back of your Harley called the “Road Runner.” Hey buddy say hello to Jude for me and tell her I sure miss her. She will be in the gambling section up there. I will miss you buddy and will see you in the future.

  • Manfred Sieg says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Skip’s passing. He was a good friend. Our deepest condolences to the family.

  • Barb Schwebbach and Matt McKee says:

    Years ago my son Matt’s dad worked as a dispatcher at Vernon Taxi. Skip was his favourite driver and someone he liked and respected. When I didn’t drive I always called for Skip. Matt, my son, always asked for Skip. I saw him in Safeway a few weeks ago and we had a wonderful chat. It seemed that’s where we always ran into each other. He was such a nice man, so genuine. He will be missed.

  • Mary Harvey says:

    Micoh and I will sure miss seeing your happy face and miss your smiling eyes. I loved sharing your stories. Will miss you Buddy.

  • Betty Chenoweth says:

    My deepest condolence to the family. Kari I think of you often & wondering where & how you are. So re your Dad. Although I only met him once, I know how much he meant to you. Hope you are keeping well. Big hugs. Love & Light, Betty

  • Sandra Humphreys says:

    Truly sorry you are gone! You were always smiling! Say HI to Auntie Joan, Eleanor Zimmerman and my mom…the Coffee Ladies xoxo xoxo

  • George MacKeod says:

    It is of great respect; that my knowing your Father and Grandfather; only one year at the glass plant, was an honest, and straight forward person, he was. “Skip”; if he had the time for a good chat. Always his smile and good natured disposition

  • Darren zupp says:

    Kari and family i am sorry to hear of Skip’s passing. I knew Skip from the glass plant when he was a foreman there. He was friendly, laughed lots and liked his Coca Cola. God bless you all at this difficult time.

  • Daryl Hoard says:

    I am sorry to hear the passing of Skip. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I worked at Vernon Taxi with Skip. Always enjoyed our conversations. ❤🙏

  • Scott and Tammy Merriman says:

    Skip – one of the good guys gone but never to be forgotten. We will miss his kind, gentle nature; his wonderful sense of humour; and service that was second to none. Who’s going to come in and get us

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

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