We Remember


The time has come to say goodbye to the vibrant Jack Crozier, who passed away at the Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna, BC on August 26, 2023. Jack is survived by his 3 children, Howard Crozier of Kelowna, BC, Vernon Crozier of Kamloops, BC, and his “sweet honey” Cheryl of Arizona, USA; as well as by his 5 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by his best friend, Vern Bethel.

Jack was born the eldest among three siblings.  Jack’s mother played a crucial role as a welder on warships during WWII in the USA. Despite her contributions, her non-American status led to her deportation back to Canada. Unfortunately, this meant she wasn’t allowed to take her children with her. As a result, Jack and his siblings were placed into different foster homes, their family torn apart by circumstances.

Jack’s initial recollection of his mother, brother, and sister dates back to when he was 10 years old. It was at this juncture that they were reunited after his mother remarried and could finally retrieve him and his siblings from foster care. Collectively, they embarked on a journey to Canada.  Marjorie, Jack’s mother, has since passed away.

From an early age, cars, and trucks became the focal point of Jack’s life. Following the loss of his stepfather, his mother shouldered the responsibility of providing for the family, often working extensive hours. This circumstance granted Jack ample free time, which he eagerly used to delved into the intricacies of automobiles. Jack’s adoration for driving and his fascination with cars and trucks remained constant throughout his life.  Jack embarked on a transformative journey and was given an opportunity to take a 2-year mechanic’s apprenticeship. This experience marked a new beginning for him, and he started his work with vehicles of diverse types and dimensions. From the iconic Volkswagen Beetle to sprawling RVs and formidable hauling trucks, Jack’s professional path was forever intertwined with the world of automobiles.

In 1961, Jack embarked on a new chapter of his life by getting married at the age of 21 to his bride, Francis Crozier, who was 16 at the time. Jack was ever grateful for the 18 years they had together, during which they shared numerous ups and downs.  As they welcomed their first child into the world, Jack was employed as a mechanic at a service station in Burnaby, BC. Fate intervened on a pivotal afternoon when oil company representatives were present, taking inventory. Their unexpected announcement, “Congratulations, Jack! You’re about to become the owner of your first station” surprised him. The representatives not only extended their congratulations but also offered to finance Jack’s endeavour, as Jack would later recall, “That’s how it was done in those days!”. This opportunity was a turning point in Jack’s professional trajectory.

Over the years, Jack went on to own and operate three different gas stations & automotive repair shops, “Not all at the same time, mind you”. In addition to his other pursuits, Jack ventured into the realm of owning a towing company, “Boy, was I glad to get out of that!”. Following a series of diverse endeavours, he eventually found his stride in a company he started, “Hot Shot Trucking.” This involved transporting goods to copper, silver, and gold mines, as well as logging camps, spanning Alberta, British Columbia, and even Alaska. The vast landscapes, the sheer expanse of roads traversed, as well as the hours logged during those days is difficult to fathom. Through it all, Jack’s steadfast companion was his trusty truck, a constant and reliable companion that never faltered. “Load the truck and get outta town!” became his motto, embodying the unyielding commitment to timely deliveries and the enduring spirit of adventure that defined the journeys.

Three decades ago, back in 1993, Jack embarked on yet another new chapter by establishing “Golden Delivery”. For 15 years, he was the driving force behind the company, assuming roles as owner, operator, and driver. Through partnerships with delivery companies and a trucking firm, Golden Delivery flourished. Over time, the business honed its focus on the trucking sector, a decision that proved to be shrewd.

Thirteen years ago, around 2010, a neighbour named Guy Despins inquired about the potential sale of the company. Jack, despite his years of dedication, wasn’t quite ready to retire. A mutually beneficial arrangement was reached: Guy assumed ownership, while Jack remained onboard. Initially, Jack continued to contribute as a driver until medical professionals advised him to abstain from commercial driving due to stress-related concerns. Undeterred, Jack transitioned into the role of dispatcher, thereby maintaining his connection to the industry he loved. Reflecting on this transition, Jack expressed gratitude towards Guy, “He was a good and fair employer, but perhaps a bit too easygoing” – a sentiment he playfully conveyed with a wink.

Despite battling health challenges, including multiple heart surgeries and a fight against cancer, Jack persisted on working for as long as he physically could. Jack wants to thank his customers for their loyalty, it has meant so much to him; some of them he spoke with on a daily basis, and some have been with him for 30 years or more. Such enduring bonds forged a strong and meaningful connection, for which Jack was immensely thankful.

On a more personal note, Jack’s love for travel shone brightly. Alongside his adoration for Hawaii, he found joy in the vibrant energy of Las Vegas and the iconic charm of San Francisco. Jamaica, with its captivating beauty, held a special place in his heart as well. In his youth, he found joy and excitement in the realm of boxing, and his passion for the sport was palpable. He also had a fondness for soccer. Additionally, he embraced the thrill of stock car racing, relishing the exhilarating rush of speed and competition that it offered. These pursuits paint a picture of Jack’s zest for life.

Predeceased by his siblings, William Thomas Crozier and Joan Alvina Upton, Jack carried their memories with him. Two years ago, Jack faced another loss – the passing of his partner of 10 years. From then on he resided alone, a lifestyle he embraced. With a touch of humour, he shares, “nobody tells you what to do”.

Despite mistakes along the way and the highs he experienced, the reconnection with his children held more significance than any other accomplishment or challenge for him.

Jack left an indelible mark on those who met him, he will be dearly missed.

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