Newspaper Obituaries for Thomas Joseph "Joe" Crozier of Ottawa
Transcribed by David A. Wyatt

This series of three newspaper articles appeared in the Ottawa Citizen to mark the passing of Thomas Joseph "Joe" Crozier. They are transcribed from microfilm copies of the newspaper. While every effort was made to represent them accurately, distinguishing between punctuation and microfilm damage was not always possible. Spelling of the word "labour" was particularly inconsistent.


Over the Death of Their old Confrere Joseph Crozier

[Ottawa Citizen, Friday April 7, 1893, page eight]

Last night Joseph Crozier, who during his lifetime was probably one of the best known and most popular printers in the city, breathed his last at the Protestant Hospital. Death was the result of an operation performed some days ago. Mr. Crozier occupied various positions of trust in the different printing establishments here. He was foreman in the Free Press for years and latterly had been employed in the Bureau. A staunch and outspoken labour advocate throughout his loyal career, he fought earnestly and unostentatiously on behalf of the toiler. Either as a Knight of Labour, in the Trades and Labour Council, or as a member of the Typographical Union, he rendered valuable services to the cause. His demise will leave in the labor ranks a blank which will be difficult to fill. He died comparatively young, being only 48. Several of the labour men have expressed themselves in favor of a labor funeral, which, if decided upon, will likely take place on Sunday.

The Late "Joe" Crozier.

[Ottawa Citizen, Saturday April 8, 1893, page eight]

At the request of Mr. P. M. Draper, President of the Ottawa Typographical Union, who with President Connell, of the Trades and Labour Council, waited upon him, Sheriff Sweetland, President of the Beechwood Cemetery Company, yesterday granted permission for the interment of the late T. Joseph Crozier to-morrow, and the funeral will take place at 2:30 in the afternoon from the deceased's late residence, 310 Lewis Street. The arrangements will be in charge of Ottawa Typographical Union, which has extended invitations to all other labour organizations in the city to be present and the funeral promises to be one of the largest seen in Ottawa for some time.



Several Hundred Members of Labor Organizations Attend -- The Order of Procession -- Resolution of Condolence.

[Ottawa Citizen, Monday April 10, 1893, page three]

The late Thomas Joseph Crozier was buried yesterday with labour honours; representatives of organized labor turning out to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of their deceased fellow workman.

The cortege was one of the largest ever seen in the city being fully a mile in length and comprising nearly 1000 persons. Under the invitation of the Typographical Union and Trades and Labour the council invited the various labour organizations and the Knights of Labor of the city and district to attend and they responded, the result being a large and imposing turnout.

Typographical Union, to which deceased had belonged headed the labor organizations being immediately proceded by the ctiy [sic] Band under Master J. McGillicuddy. Nearly 200 printers were present. Representatives of other organizations marched after in the following order:
Pressmens' Union.
United Association of Plumbers gas and steam fitters.
Builders Laborer's Union.
Iron Moulders Union.
Machine Woodworkers' Union.
Bricklayers and Masons Union
Plasterers' Union.
Tailors' Union.
Stonecutters Union.
Painters and Decorators' Union.
Carpenters and Joiners Union
Canadian Association Stationary engineers
Iron Workers Union.
La Canadienne Assembly K. of L. 2676
Hull Assembly, 3724.
Chaudiere Assembly, 2966.
Commercial Assembly, 2806.
Napoleon Assembly, 1017.
Ottawa Assembly, 1034
Progress Assembly, 406.
Invincible Assembly, 528.
Capital Assembly, 5222
Trades and Labour Council.

Among those present were Ald, Roger, McGuire, Peterkin, Grant, McLean, ex-Mayor McDougal; Superintendent Wm. McMahon, P. M. Draper, president of the Ottawa Typographical Union, E. A. Connell, president and J. Legge, secretary, Alexr MacDonald, J. Walsh, P. G. McCann, C. H. Moss, W. Kerr, J. H. Chapman, J. E. McGuire, of the Trades and Labour Council.

The pall-bearers were Messrs. G. J. Kilt, F. J. Farrell, W. Binks, Alp. Hallaire, Joseph Auger, J. W. Patterson, James Dufresne and F. P. Lewis, all members of Ottawa Typographical Union.

The funeral service was conducted at deceased's late residence, 310 Lewis St., Rev. W. Timberlake officiating. There were many floral tributes, including an anchor from the Trades and Labour Council, a wreath from Capital Assembly, and a pillow from the Typographical Union.

The sidewalks on each side along the whole route of the procession were thronged with people who had gathered to look on the labor pageant.

To Messrs. Connell President of the Trades and Labour Council and P. M. Draper, President TYpographical Union much credit is due for perfecting the arrangements in connection with the funeral.

Although the parade was a large one, it was not as big as anticipated by labour men. Members of the Builders' Union had to attend the obsequies of one of their own members whilst a large number of the union men were deterred from joining the ranks by the muddy condition of the streets.

Fauteaux the "Chaudiere Bonaparte" was noticed as one of the marshals of the Chaudiere Knights. His men marched uniformly whilst the military-like evolutions shown on Sussex street were generally commented.

Amongst the floral offerings were also a neat star with inscription "From Archie to Brother Joe" also a large wreath from his fellow workmen in the Printing Bureau, a bouquet of roses from Messrs. D. Harris and C. Scrim and a wreath from the relatives of the deceased.

The well known firm of undertakers Brady and Harris turned out their best hearse with four in hand, Mr. Harris marshalling the imposing cortege. To him also much credit is due.

At a special meeting of the Trades and Labor Council held on Saturday evening, the following resolution of condolence was passed:

Moved by delegate Kilt, seconded by Delegate W. H. Chapman, that whereas it has pleased the Almighty and All-wise Creator of mankind to call home from our midst a friend, a brother and benefactor in the person of our late lamented fellow delegate, T. J. Crozier, of whom naught can be said except in words of praise, and,

Whereas, this council wishes to convey to the widow and relatives of our late brother the heartfelt sympathy of the workingmen of Ottawa, in this hour of their affliction and trial, and to assure them that we, too, feel the loss keenly, because through Bro. Crozier's death the workingmen have lost a warm advocate and a wise counsellor, whose words of wisdom have proved opportune on many occasions; and,

Whereas, Bro. Crozier's demise has left a void in our ranks which we are well aware will be hard to replace; and,

Whereas, this council, composed of the representatives of the various labor organizations of Ottawa and Hull, being desirous of paying a last tribute of respect to the memory of our co-laborer, and anxious to give public assurance of the high esteem in which he was held by all branches of honorable toil; it is

Resolved, that the Ottawa Trades and Labor Council do attend the funeral of our late brother, in a body; and further be it

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the widow and also to the Citizen, Free Press and the Journal of the Knights of Labor.


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