In Memory of



Obituary for Mabel Crooks

On December 11, 2022, Mabel passed away after a long and happy life where a variety of experiences were remembered and enjoyed. Her most memorable memories were of days with her late husband Jamie. As a teenager, Mabel often travelled by train to spend summers at the home of her grandparents in Dalhousie NB where she enjoyed time with a large extended family. Here, she formed a lifelong love of the Maritimes. As a young woman, Mabel spent three years living and working in Vancouver while honing her skiing skills in the nearby mountains. Upon her return to Port Arthur, Jamie had the good fortune of meeting Mabel and in short order formed a relationship and marriage that lasted 64 wonderful years. During these years, Mabel and Jamie raised four children and travelled extensively as a couple and with many good friends. During her life, Mabel possessed an athleticism and wit that served her well, especially during her years sailing and racing, where she crewed (endured) the foibles of the skipper. As an empty nester, Mabel returned to school and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Lakehead, provided the artwork for two Canadian postage stamps, self-published an illustrated children’s book, continued her travels with Jamie and enjoyed many sunsets at their Silver Islet camp. She was a woman of many interests; however, Mabel’s greatest joy came from her family and she enjoyed many visits and news from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At gatherings, Mabel could be counted on to have her camera at the ready. Despite the grumbling of her subjects, she enjoyed her role as director and photographer to record the event. Thanks to that persistence we now have many albums of those memorable moments. Mabel cherished her privacy and regarded her age as no one’s business but her own, so that bit of information won’t be shared.

A special thanks to Dr. Stewart Kennedy and Dr. Dani Garon for their kindness and care, the compassionate staff at Chartwell Isabella Retirement, Superior Eldercare and Hogarth Riverview Manor (6 South Tulip) and to the friends who kept in contact with Mabel. The family would also like to acknowledge the local Alzheimer Society and Hospice Northwest for their support throughout this journey.

Mabel was predeceased by her parents Katherine and James MacNeill, husband Jamie, brother James Brier and sisters Isabel Fassina and Mary Willianen. She is survived by her sons Andrew (Doreen) Calgary, Jim (Suzanne) Thunder Bay, Malcolm (Deidre) Winnipeg and Mary, Victoria, grandchildren Christopher, David, Jacqueline, Sean, Eric and Sheilagh as well as great-grandchildren Issabella, Ryleigh, William and Conner.

At Mabel’s insistence (and if you knew her, we do mean “insistence”), a family celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mabel's memory may be made to The Alzheimer Society, Hospice Northwest or St. Joseph’s Care Group. Online condolences may be expressed at