First Memorial Funeral Services

1720 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC


William Henry Jacob CROCKER

August 31, 1942March 14, 2020

William (Bill) Henry Jacob Crocker passed away on March 14, 2020 in Nanaimo, BC at the age of 77. Bill was born on Aug. 31, 1942 in Halifax to Capt. Bill and Dorothy (Nickerson) Crocker. Bill is survived by his wife, Gloria (Amirault), daughter Elizabeth (Andrew MacDonald), son Will (Ann-Marie Thiele) son Christopher, grandchildren Amélie, Bridget, Anique and Billy (4.0), step-grandson Bryn and brother Len. Bill was predeceased by his mother, father and sister Melda.

Bill lived his earliest years in Canso, Nova Scotia, roaming the beaches and wharves. He was only five when he started sailing with his father on schooners and coastal freighters, delivering coal and goods throughout the Maritimes. In 1956 the family moved to Yarmouth.

After he graduated from UNB Fredericton in 1967, Bill, Gloria and Elizabeth took a train out west to try Vancouver for a couple of years, but ended up trading one coast for the other. Bill’s career was spent largely in the petroleum industry, with a notable stretch in later years running the marine fuel barge in Nanaimo Harbour.

Retirement in Nanaimo was good. Bill thrived coaching with Special Olympics and renovating old homes while making frequent trips to the crab pot ‘with the boys’ on his boat Up Spirits. Bill and Gloria were lucky to take many great winter vacations, trips and cruises. Bill never forgot his friends and family in Canso and Yarmouth, so he especially loved their annual trips back home.

Most of all Bill loved Gloria, his three children, their spouses, his beautiful grandchildren and extended family. “Thank you to Chris and Special Olympics for all the fun, friendship and good times that we had. I was very blessed.”

The family thanks BC Cancer, Drs. McGlynn, Rudston-Brown, Marback, and the wonderful doctors and nurses at Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Care, and to all those who brought food and drove Bill to appointments these last few months. Donations to Special Olympics in Bill’s name are most welcome.

‘Let me feel my dory lift

To the broad Atlantic combers

Where the tiderip swirls and the wild ducks whirl

And old Neptune calls the numbers

Neath the wild Atlantic combers’ (O.P. Kelland)


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William Henry Jacob CROCKER

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Racheal Surette

March 25, 2020

So sorry to hear about Uncle Bill. Because the Crocker family lives so far away, I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. Really feeling the distance now...not being able to cry and hug and grieve with my West Coast family is hard. Know that I have prayed for you, and that you are never far from my thoughts. Tante Gloria is so good at sending cards in the mail- I’ve thought about it, planned to do so...Does that count?
He will be missed. I will definitely miss and have always looked forward, each year, to the N.S. visit. His love of the East Coast, of lobster and all things related to the sea was contagious. He made each of us feel special, taking the time to ask and get updates about our lives, especially asking about Murr and the lobster industry. Miss you all, love Rach😢❤️❤️❤️

Nadine Richard

March 25, 2020

Tante Gloria,
Love the quote at the end; absolutely beautiful. ❤
Even though we live so far apart, I can clearly remember getting excited every time Mere would tell me that Tante Gloria and Uncle Bill were coming to visit us! You were both so nice and funny. :)
Hope you're doing okay, and keeping safe during this transitional time.

Heather MacLeod

March 25, 2020

Gloria, family and Len

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Bill was Gordon's best friend when growing up in Canso. I enjoyed sharing memories during our lunch visits when you visited Nova Scotia. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Derek & Marjorie Allen

March 24, 2020

Dear Gloria & Family,
Marjorie & I are truly shocked & so very sorry to learn of Bill's passing. We were so sure when we talked to him at Christmas that he was on the road to recovery!! He sounded so very positive!!
Marjorie & I will allways hold yours & Bill's friendship close to our hearts.
He was a super guy and will be missed so much by all of us!!
Our prayers go out to you,Gloria, Libby, Will & Chris!!
Derek & Marjorie

Win and Deanna (MacMillan) Nickerson

March 24, 2020

Win and I were so saddened to hear of Bill's passing, he was truly a wonderful friend. Bill and I grew up in Canso where we went to school together until 1956, when he moved to Yarmouth with his family. We frequently kept in touch and last year had a lovely visit with Bill and his wonderful wife Gloria; whom we had the pleasure of meeting for the first time.

Our deepest sympathy to Gloria and all your family. He will be greatly missed.

Win and Deanna Nickerson

Bob Lehr

March 22, 2020

Gloria, Lib, Will and Chris,
Words cannot express our thoughts to you and what Bill meant to his family and his family meant to him.
I have many memories from when Bill and I first met in 1971 when I joined Union Oil and our years together through Husky and Petro Canada.
We shared many glasses of cheers over the years but it was always special when Nancy and myself were with you and Gloria whether it was at Mt. Baker or at Protection Island after a day of crabbing.
I cherish our long friendship and Bill was like a brother to me. You will always be in our thoughts and he will never be forgotten.
All our love, Bob and Nancy

Cindy Nickerson

March 22, 2020

To Gloria,Liz,Will,Chris,Len and extended Family,
So sorry to hear about Bill. He was such a sweet and kind person.
Thinking of you all. He will be greatly missed.

Eric Lloyd

March 22, 2020

Dear Gloria, Liz and families,
Just listened to the song and find it so appropriate. Bill was a great guy. We had a lot of good times together. Our thoughts are with you all.
Eric and Sharon

Gerald Saulnier

March 19, 2020

Sorry to hear about your husband Gloria. I'll be celebrating a
private Mass for him tomorrow. Fr. Gerald Saulnier

Jean Saulnier (Smith)

March 19, 2020

Gloria, family, Len

My most sincere sympathies on your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.