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March 28, 1926 — October 10, 2022

Bryan passed peacefully at Orchard Manor, Kelowna, BC, Monday, October 10, 2022. Predeceased by his wife Joan and survived by his son Brent Crossfield and daughter-in-law Sandra Crossfield.

Born in York, England, Bryan immigrated to Canada in 1947 where he began work with the Bank of Nova Scotia in Vancouver. In 1949 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and applied his financial skills to various positions in RCAF Winnipeg, RCAF station MacDonald & Canadian Joint Staff, Washington D.C. Bryan returned to Canada in 1959 for a year of Staff College in Toronto and then moved to RCAF station Comox as the Base Comptroller. He then moved to Canadian Forces Headquarters Ottawa where he was responsible for the integration of RCAF, RCN and Army Benefit Sections. In 1969 he was promoted to full colonel and became Director of Pay Services and later Director of the Budget.

Next the Department of Supply and Services offered him the position of Director General, Compensation & Payment Services Branch where he implemented a payroll/pension system for 300,000 public servants and the Post Office, RCMP and Members of Parliament. Bryan worked with the financial institutions of Canada to create the Electronic Direct Deposit system which was implemented in 1984.

During his last seven years in the Public Service, he worked as a Diplomat in the Canadian Embassy, Washington D.C. In that position, he was responsible for all Canadian federal government acqusitions in the USA including major Defence procurement. He was also involved with the NAFTA negotiations.

Bryan was very active in retirement and served as chair, treasurer or as a member of the Cancer Society fund raising, Okanagan Health Council, Regional Health Board and was a Director of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. He also volunteered with the RCMP Victims Services Unit.

His passion for golf earned him several trophies and senior champion awards. Bryan was usually on the course at sunrise in his usual foursome along with the groundskeepers. He was also quite accomplished on the piano/organ and was the organist for various churches.

He was a gracious, generous man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

At his request, there will not be a service. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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  • darrell francis says:

    one of the kindest and dedicated individuals i have ever known. I will miss the daily handshake, conversation, piano playing and most importantly, the Werther’s candy. Rest in peace Bryan. You were a good friend

  • Loraine Macdonald says:

    My condolences Brent. I met your dad when he moved your mum into Hawthorn and I don’t think I had ever met a kinder, devoted yet incredibly well organized man. I loved my conversations with him and enjoyed his perspective on multiple topics. He was truly one of a kind.
    Sincerely Loraine Macdonald

  • devan wiancko says:

    Brian was one of the sweetest most loving thoughtful and genuine persons I ever had the luck of meeting he always had kind words and left a wonderful impression on everyone he met, he will be sorely missed but his personality left continuing happyness in its wake. I had the pleasure of working with and being friends with Joan as well and I find great solstice in the fact they can be finally together. Thoughts and prayers go out to his loving family.

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