Essex County in mourning after sudden death of MPP Bruce Crozier

By Joel Charron

Family, friends and colleagues are in shock after learning of the passing of Essex MPP Bruce Crozier, Friday night.

Crozier died at Hotel-Dieu hospital from an aortic aneurysm.

The 72-year-old was first elected in 1993 by-election and won re-election four more times. In November, Crozier announced his retirement from politics.

Premier Dalton McGuinty issued a statement Saturday morning.

Essex MPP Bruce Crozier passed away Friday, June 3 at Hotel-Dieu Hospital

“It is with profound sadness that Ontarians learned today of the passing of Bruce Crozier, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Essex. He died last night of an aortic aneurysm,” said McGuinty. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bruce’s family, especially his wife Joan and their children and grandchildren. Every member of the Ontario Legislature knew that Bruce’s family was the most important part of his life. Bruce’s passing comes just months before he was to retire from politics. I know he was very much looking forward to spending more time at home with the family he loved so dearly.”

“Since his election in 1993, Bruce was a devoted servant to the people in his riding. He fought hard for his constituents and proudly represented their interests. Bruce was also a great parliamentarian. He served as Deputy Speaker of the Legislature, standing tall for the democratic institutions that make our province and country the envy of so many around the world,” McGuinty continued. “Ontario has lost a great public servant. Every member of the Ontario Legislature has lost a great friend. I join with them in expressing our deepest condolences to the Crozier family.”

Not long after being elected Croizer set out to widen Highway 3. He was also instrumental in bring a Family Health Team to Amherstburg as well as assisting in securing just under $8 million of the $16 million Build Canada Fund grant for the United Community Credit Union Complex.

Crozer had served as the Deputy Speaker of the Legislature. He was also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, which worked to develop poverty indicators and targets, and a focused strategy for reducing child poverty and lifting more families out of poverty. He was also chair of the Committee of the Whole.

Crozier was also a certified general accountant. For 22 years, he was vice-president of finance and secretary-treasurer of Bennie Lumber and Building Materials Ltd. He also worked for 11 years in the financial division of H.J. Heinz Company. For three years prior to his election as MPP, he also practiced as a registered insurance broker.

Crozier had also served as Leamington mayor from 1988-1993, having been first elected to Leamington council in 1985.

Essex MP Jeff Watson offered his condolences to Crozier’s family in a statement.

“It is with deep sorrow I mark the sudden passing of friend and colleague, Bruce Crozier,” Watson stated. “Whether as MPP for Essex or as Deputy Speaker at Queen’s Park, Bruce was esteemed and loved by many. He was devoted to his wife, Joan, his children and was very active with his grandchildren. His trademark bow tie and affable grin were fixtures from the Harrow Fair, to coffee shops across the County, to the provincial legislature.”

“Bruce leaves a lasting heritage of commitment to family and love of the people and communities of Essex County,” continued Watson. “It was my pleasure to work with him the past seven years of his long public service. On behalf of my wife, Sarah, I extend our sincere, heartfelt condolences to Joan and the family, to friends and colleagues. May the God of all Peace be your comfort.”

Taras Natyshask, who is now seeking the NDP’s provincial nomination offered his thoughts.

“Like everyone in our community I was shocked and saddened to learn of Bruce Crozier’s passing (Friday) night,” he said in a statement. “He was committed, dedicated, fair and admired across the political spectrum for it. We have lost a genuine gentleman and a good man. My prayers are with his wife, his children and grandchildren on this sad day.”

Amherstburg Mayor Wayne Hurst said it was a pleasure to call Crozier a friend.

“It’s just a sad loss,” said Hurst. “He was doing what he loved and he did it well.”

Hurst said he was in Crozier’s presence last week and said the MPP was looking foward to retirement to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

“He did a great job in lobbying for our community and for the region,” said Hurst. “I appreciated all that Bruce did and all that he was. It really is a tremendous loss for his family and all who knew him.”

One response to “Essex County in mourning after sudden death of MPP Bruce Crozier”

  1. carolyn Davies says:

    On behalf of the Registered Nurses Association on Ontario, Essex Chapter, I want to extend my condolences to Bruce Crozier’s wife Joan, his children and grandchildren on there loss. I am very saddened at the loss of Bruce Crozier who worked hard to support better health care in our County. Bruce worked contributed his political influence toward a number of inititatives and certainly for specifically helping to establish the Amherstburg Family Health Team in our own community. We met on many occasion in the County to celebrate the opening of different health care initiatives that Bruce worked toward having established including the Nurse Practitioner Lead clinics and FHT. He will be missed.