Crossan, Mary Elizabeth

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Mary Elizabeth Crossan (nee O’Neill) passed away peacefully on the early morning of May 22, 2023, surrounded by her family at Pioneer Manor, Sudbury, Ontario. Mom’s home in Canada was always Shappert Street in Sudbury overlooking Ramsey Lake, where she resided until a fall and hip fracture, close to two years ago.

Mary was born and reared by the sea on the Old Bog Road, Leagard South Spanish Point, Co. Clare. She attended school at the Spanish Point convent with the Sisters of Mercy and left Ireland at the age of 18 to start her training and nursing career in Wimbledon in the south of London, England. Mom travelled to Canada exactly 63 years ago by ship “The Empress of Britain”, with the fare paid courtesy by the Government of Canada, to begin her new life.

Daughter of Martin and Josephine O’Neill, and sister to Michael and Martin (all predeceased).

She leaves behind her loving husband Patrick Crossan of 62 years. Cherished mother of Sean (Rachel Finsten), Cathy (Gilles Gervais), Eileen (Sandro Bortot), Frances (Dean Blanchard) and Sheena (Dave Burns). Nana to: Ryan, Jac, Keira, Irelande, Jimmy, Liam, and Great Nana to Dominic.

Until the very end, Mary recognized all her family, even with their masks on. She was a true Lady, kind and quiet with a wonderful sense of wit and always put everyone else first. Her Irish sayings will continue to be handed down through the generations. Today Mom’s life on earth has passed and in Heaven she starts anew.

Mary was a long-time parishioner of Holy Redeemer Church on Bancroft Drive in Sudbury Ontario, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 29, 2023 at 10:00am, followed by a reception in the Church Hall.

Mom lived with vascular dementia and donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.


6 Condolences

  1. Pat and Family, sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, at this time.

    Tony and Chris Finn

    By: Tony Finn
    May 29, 2023
  2. Dear Sean and Family:

    We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Sean. There is nothing more difficult than losing a parent. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

    Frank & Carol. ❤️

    By: Frank & Carol Dugal
    May 24, 2023
  3. Dear Pat and Family
    We were so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing
    please take comfort in knowing “What is lovely never dies,
    But passes into other loveliness.”
    Our deepest condolences and thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
    With Love
    The Whalen Family

    By: The Whalen Family
    May 24, 2023
  4. We were sadden to hear the loss of your mother.
    Holding you close in our prayers during your time of sorrow.

    Claudette and Kevin Moorhouse

    By: Claudette Moorhouse
    May 24, 2023
  5. To uncle Paddy, Sean, Eileen, Cathy, Frances, Sheena and all the extended family,
    Sending you all our condolences at this very difficult time. Mary was such a beautiful lady and will be missed by all. May she rest in peace and give you all the strength needed in the weeks ahead.
    Much love 💕
    Lorna, Henry, Ethan and Jamie Spratt ( letterkenny xx)

    By: Lorna spratt
    May 24, 2023
  6. My deepest condolences to Paddy, Sean, Cathy, Eileen, Frances and Sheena. Sending love and strength to all of our Canadian cousins.
    You are all in our prayers and we are thinking of you everyday.
    May Auntie Mary rest in peace.

    Michaela, Brian and Jack x

    By: Michaela Friel
    May 24, 2023

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