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Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel

467 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON

OBITUARY

Fr. Lawrence Jacob Kroker, S.J.

May 27, 1940October 6, 2019

Father Larry Kroker of the Society of Jesus died on October 6, 2019 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering, ON. Born in Jellicoe, Ontario, he was the son of Jacob Kroker and Margaret Doucette. He was 79 years old and a Jesuit for 60 years. Larry was ordained a priest in 1971. He lived and worked among the Indigenous peoples in Northern Ontario for 47 years. He was Pastor of parishes in Longlac, Aroland, Armstrong, Gull Bay, of St. Anne’s in Thunder Bay, as well as parishes on Manitoulin Island and the North Shore of Lake Huron. He was also Pastor of Thunder Bay’s Kitchitwa Kateri Parish, a founder of Anemki-Wadj retreat centre, and director of a diaconate and lay-leader formation program. The Fort William First Nation made Larry an Honorary Chief and gave him an indigenous name, Aski Shabwaweshkang – He Goes Everywhere. Catholic Missions in Canada recognized him as the Canadian Missionary of 2018. On Thursday, Oct.10 friends may visit from 7-9pm at Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, 2325 Liverpool Road, Pickering, ON L1X 1V4 where a wake service will be held at 8:00pm. On Friday, Oct. 11 at 10:30am a Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the same Manresa chapel. On Tuesday, Oct. 15 friends may visit at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 211 South Archibald St., Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1G4 from 5-8pm (with Prayers at 7pm). On Wed. Oct. 16 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral followed by burial at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Fort William First Nation, and Feast at the Community Centre. Donations can be made to the Jesuit Advancement Office, 43 Queen’s Park Cres. E., Toronto, ON M5S 2C3, 416-481-9154.

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  • Jesuit Advancement Office

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Prayers Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 11, 2019

Memories

Fr. Lawrence Jacob Kroker, S.J.

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Florence Ahola

October 13, 2019

Thank you Father Kroker for blessing my Father and Mother as they celebrated their 50th wedding Anniversary 11-6-2009. My Father and my Mother were so happy. Thanks a million Father Kroker, Rest in Peace🙏

Monnie King

October 9, 2019

On behalf of the family of late Allen and Angela King of Gull Bay. We recall meeting Fr. Kroker in Gull Bay with Fr Brian Tiffin as young teenagers. May sisters/brother looked up to him. My sisters Audrey, Annie, Gail and my late sister Rita always spoke of Larry in such as positive way. They understood his sense of humor and they would tease Father and he always had a big gentle smile! His gentle guidance was appreciated. Father Kroker was always there for many celebrations-baptismals, first communions, conformations, etc. and when in need for prayers.

He believed in the First Nations' youth; assisted young families, and Father was, and a friend to so many people. Aski Shabwaweshkang (He Goes Everywhere) you are now travelling in the Spirit World. There... you will see your community friends and family. Miigwetch for the LOVE ; not only to my siblings but to all First Nations people you have encountered. You will dearly be missed. Rest in Peace. With prayers Monnie and siblings( King family from Gull Bay).

Bernice Loney

October 8, 2019

So saddened to hear the loss of Larry Kroker..he wss a long timd friend of our family George and Nina Muckaday ftom Longlac..when he use to come over and visit we use to make pizzas ..he use to spend weekends st our house ehrn he use to come to Longlac for a visit..My one memory i lsugh about once in awhile is when he camd to spend the night snd the power went out and i remember before i went to bed i went in his room and turn the light switch on and turned his radio full blast so when thd power came on the the lights came on and the radio came on full blast ..i could still hear him saying Bernice did that...now he is reunited with my mom snd dad...RIP Larry ..you sre missed by me and my siblings...
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Faye Kwisses

October 8, 2019

Fr. Larry was a great boss, quiet in nature, compassionate and caring man, he had a very dry sense of humor. He would say you worked for me a long time, you should be able to read my mind. He was very spiritual individual.
Sometimes you never knew what he would say.
You will be missed a great deal.
Rest in Peace my Friend
Faye

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY