Joseph Crites, a resident of 830 Joseph St. in Cardinal for the past eight years, passed away at home on Sat., Nov. 9, 2013. He was 93.
Joseph was born on May 8, 1920, at the Savor homestead on Broken Second Road west of Iroquois in Matilda Township, to Allen Crites and Ida Savor. At the age of two, his mother passed away, and Joseph was raised by his Aunt Ada and Uncle Jacob Savor, and his grandmother, Maria Savor.
He attended school at the Cardinal Station School. Joe lived on the farm for 85 years where he ran a dairy operation, and delivered the mail to the residents of RR #2 Iroquois for 21 years. In his early years, he loved helping his neighbours with the corn and threshing, and was always willing and ready to help wherever he could. In 1976, he went to work for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission at the bird sanctuary. About this time, he sold his dairy cows and ran a Charolais cow-calf operation. In 1983, he married Louise Droppo, and they continued to farm on the homestead. Joseph retired from the parks commission in 1985, but still continued to run the farm until 2005, when it was sold and the couple moved to Joseph St. in Cardinal. Joseph loved the horse races all his life, and had visited many of the tracks throughout Eastern Canada. From a very early age, he called for square dances, an art he learned from his father and grandfather at house parties, which were popular at that time. He loved old time music, and was a member of the Osgoode Old Time Music Association and Morewood Old Time Music Association, and called for many dances throughout Eastern Ontario. He was a member of the Country Cousins Band for 25 years where he called for their square dances. Euchre was another favourite pastime and many nights were spent at various Legions and halls.
Joe is survived by his wife, Louise Crites (nee Casselman), his step-children, Tom Droppo of Abbotsford, B.C., Susan (Brian) Morrow of RR #2 Chesterville, and Andrew Droppo (Penny Roach) of Hanesville; his step-grandchildren, Pam (Adam) Andre, Terry (Ashley) Morrow, Leah Droppo, Kayla Droppo, Samantha Droppo, Megan Droppo; and his step-great-grandchildren, Halley Morrow, Alexis Andre, and Teagan Andre. He was a dear brother-in-law to Richard (Fanny) Casselman of Glen Becker and Viola Droppo of Perth. He was the dear cousin of Patrick Rooney and Blanche Pigeon. He was predeceased by his parents, and his cousins, Julia Rooney, Catherine Burns, Frank Rooney, and Lawrence Rooney.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Cardinal on Tues., Nov. 12 from 7 to 9 pm and today (Wed., Nov. 13) from 2 to 4and 7 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Cardinal on Thur., Nov. 14 at 11 am with Father Brennan officiating. Interment will follow the service at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cardinal. The pallbearers are Cephus Sypes, John McMillan, Terry Riddell, Allan Groves, Earl Riddell, and Robert Fisher. The honourary pallbearers are Howard Moore, John Francis, Everett Froats, Bart Dixon, Don Bigelow, and Paul Riddell.
Donations to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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