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Timothy Crilly

Timothy Crilly Obituary

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved brother, father and grandpa, Timothy “Tim” John Crilly, who passed away on December 29, 2023, at the age of 66. He was predeceased by his parents, Bud (1998) and Pat (2011) Crilly.

Tim’s memory will be cherished by his siblings: Rick (Holly) Crilly Saanich, BC; Cindy (Wayne) Weber, Grandora, SK; Loney (Wayne) Williams, Enderby, BC. Tim’s four children will miss him dearly,  while lovingly remembering all the knowledge and love he passed to them: Casey (Katie) Crilly, Fort McMurray, AB; Tanner Crilly, Edmonton, AB; Julie (Darren) Williams, Leduc County, AB; and Sara Crilly, Red Deer, AB. Tim was adored by his four grandchildren who thought the world of him: Ellianna, Susan, Greyson and Harlan.

Tim was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to parents Albert “Bud” Crilly and Asta “Pat” Crilly on September 28, 1957. Tim attended Swanson School until 1965 then in Grade 3 the family moved to Delisle, Saskatchewan where he completed his education.

Tim started his electrical career in Delisle as an apprentice and in 1976 moved to Edmonton, then on to Whitehorse where he completed his Journeymen ticket. During his time up north, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He spent five years in Whitehorse before moving back down to Edmonton. Tim eventually settled in Two Hills where he raised his family on a farm just outside of town while driving back and forth to work at Syncrude in Fort McMurray. During all this he obtained another ticket as a Journeyman Refrigeration Mechanic. Following that he spent just over a decade living in Fort McMurray. Tim later settled in Bashaw, a place that he found himself amongst good company and enjoyed calling home.

Tim was known for tinkering and was always creating and inventing various contraptions to keep his friends and family entertained. One of his first inventions was a pair of mini ski skates that were comprised of small wooden skis with rubber boots screwed on top. He got a lot of miles out of those on the icy streets in Delisle and he was able to get great speed as well. One summer in his early teens he even mastered the stilts, and he became a frequent sight around town at five feet off the ground – they could never be tall enough.

His children have many fond memories of the things their dad would build them. A highlight was a single person spring loaded teeter totter that could spin in circles. His kids often joked as they got older what a death trap it was, but boy was it fun. Retiring in 2012 a lot of new adventures followed. He got to experience a Panama cruise, stateside visits, and an adventure in Mexico. It also gave him even more time to work on his projects. He was always out in his shop creating and building and would often gift his friends and family bird houses, walking sticks or anything else he could turn a spare piece of wood into. In recent years he had made great progress turning a grain bin into a solar powered cabin with a half loft and restoring his beloved Toyota Land Cruiser. Tim never got to see these projects to completion, but his children are committed to finishing them for him.

Tim was kind, soft-spoken, quick-witted, and fiercely loyal to his family and friends. He enjoyed learning of and celebrating others' accomplishments. Always up for a challenge, he never shied away from anyone inquiring upon his jack-of-all-trades experience. His tool pouch or a notebook to draw out a diagram was always at the ready. It was lovingly said to him after retirement that he should call himself running shoe electric. He loved animals, being outside, and enjoyed music - his family has fond memories of Tim playing the guitar and singing along.

Tim was a wonderful father who was always there for his children no matter what. He was a devoted grandfather who would get down on the floor and play with his grandkids even if getting up off the floor was no longer the easiest thing to do. Walks with his small dog Rosie and grandkids to the park or trails was always a highlight of a visit. Words cannot express how much Tim will be missed by those that were fortunate enough to have him in their life.

At Tim’s request, a public funeral will not be held, but his family will gather and celebrate his life when we take him home to Saskatchewan this summer. Tim’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the care Tim received at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute or the Bashaw Fire Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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