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Rosaleen Crooks

February 9, 1945 - May 15, 2021

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Rosaleen (Ros) passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Hospital on May 15, 2021 having fought a courageous battle with cancer.
Ros was pre-deceased by her husband Timothy Crooks, her parents Charles and Queenie Crisp and her brother Stuart. She leaves behind her sister-in-law Sue and nieces Alex and Jill.
Ros was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England. In her teens she fell in love with Switzerland and the mountains on a Girl Guide trip; so after training as a physiotherapist at St. Mary’s Hospital in London she returned to Leysin, Switzerland. She worked at a ski resort and was able to indulge her passion for skiing. It was here she met the love of her life Canadian Tim Crooks. They were married back in her home town of Swaffham, Norfolk, UK
In 1972 they moved to Canada and purchased a home in Toronto. Ros found work as a physiotherapist at the Wellesley Hospital, working in all areas including the Burns Unit, Orthopedics and Rheumatology. With the closure of the Wellesley she moved to St. Michaels Hospital. Ros was a strong advocate for the role of the physiotherapist in rehabilitation. Together with the orthopaedic surgeons, she developed a new model of orthopaedic surgeon – physiotherapist interaction where the role of the physiotherapist was maximized. Ros was a passionate educator. She worked closely with the PT department at the University of Toronto as a Clinical Lecturer. She received an “Award of Excellence for Education” from the University of Toronto in recognition of her contribution in furthering the practice of physiotherapy and training new students. She left a lasting impression on her patients, students, fellow physiotherapy colleagues, rheumatologists, surgeons and more. In total Ros spent 40 happy years before “retiring”.
Retirement was not for Ros. She was approached by Neural Outcomes Consulting Inc. and after passing her American Spinal Cord exams she was involved in training physicians in standardized assessment procedures for Spinal Cord injury drug trials. The job involved travelling across the States and to many European cities. Ros would also be seen biking around the city doing home visits for physiotherapy patients.
Ros and Tim had a cottage on Lake Simcoe and over the years they spent many happy days with family and friends at the lake. Ros loved the outdoors, never happier than when she was skiing, hiking, camping and canoeing. With her fun loving personality she enjoyed entertaining, meeting new people, gathering friends everywhere she went and retaining them for years. She was a caring friend always willing to listen and offer a helping hand.
Ros valued her independence and had a zest for life which hardly diminished after her diagnosis. She continued to travel and stay involved in her many interests in Toronto and Oro Medonte, including the stewardship of the Church Woods. She will be sadly missed by all her family, friends and godchildren in Canada and England.
Special thanks to Doctor Jang and Doctor Hannon and the oncology team at Princess Margaret’s Hospital. Also to Doctor May and the nurses at St. Michael’s Hospital who have taken such special care of Ros in her final days. Finally, a very special thanks to Jenn Howey and Peter Burrill for their constant support.
A virtual and outdoor service by invitation only to accommodate restriction will take place at the St. Thomas Church in Shanty Bay, Saturday June 19, 2021. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations to St. Thomas Church, Shanty Bay can be made via e-Transfer at or to The Couchiching Conservancy at