James Croves

james croves

James Arnold Croves was born on August 16th, 1967, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He worked at Cass County Electric as a line foreman for much of his life, but his true passion was for his family. He was a loving husband and father, a beloved community member, and will be remembered fondly by all who knew and cared for him. He passed away in his home on June 6th, 2022, at 54 years old. His family will carry on his legacy of kindness and compassion. He had the wisdom to learn from all people and embodied what it meant to be a good, loving person. To know James was to love him, and to love him was something to behold.

James is survived by his wife Annette Croves, née Haseleu, his two daughters Morgan Croves and Britten Croves (Adam Rice), all of Fargo, ND, his parents Walter and Trudy Croves and his brother Rob Croves, all of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and many members of his extended family. A celebration of life service will be held in Fargo, ND, at Fargo Billiards from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on June 24th, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Village Family Service Center in Fargo, ND or the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

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  1. Dear Annette, Morgan and Britten,
    We are so so sorry to hear about James. We were always happy to see him and he was always so friendly and kind. Our sympathies and prayers to all of you.
    Rodney and Kathy Nelson and family

  2. So Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. With my deepest sympathy. Cara

  3. James, I will always remember your kindness, sense of humor and ability to tell great stories. You always had a smile and a sharp wit. I enjoyed our time together working on the maintenance crew – one of my favorite memories is from the 1997 flood and we were coming back from putting up the 3 phase line by Prosper. We came out last in the bombardier, and the road had flooded. There was only one way out and the flood water almost washed a line truck off the road ahead of us. I watched the water swirl around by my feet by the glass door, it was so deep it completely submerged the tracks. You very calmly continued on and got us out of there. Thank you for being a great coworker and friend. I miss you.

  4. Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family of James. I hadn’t seen him in years but remember our interactions when our girls were young; so kind and caring. May he rest in heavenly peace.

  5. Annette, Morgan, Britten, Walter & Trudy,
    I am so sorry to hear about James. He was always so kind, caring and a wonderful person. I have lots of great memories being neighbors in Casselton. Sending my heartfelt condolences to your family.

  6. James was a coworker and friend. From my time getting to know him, I saw a consummate professional who was always concerned about the wellbeing of those around him. I always enjoyed about the interesting places he had traveled to – his stories made me want to travel to places I had never even heard of. He is deeply missed. Sending condolences and wishing peace to those who loved him.

  7. Dear Annette, Morgan & Britten~ Words just cannot express the crushing shock & deep sadness in my heart over the loss of James. I deeply admired his great love & devotion to Annette, and his phenomenal ‘girl-dad’ skills and willingness to get involved with anything AND everything his girls were involved in growing up. He was always kind & patient. He had the greatest smile and was the perfect partner-in-crime for Annette. I have many happy Croves family memories that I will carry with me.❤️ All my love & sympathies to James’ three ‘girls’. 🌷❤️

  8. Annette, Morgan and Britain. We are so sorry to hear the news about James. I hope that you are all able to be together during this time. I have a lot of great memories with James as we worked together for close to 19 years. We discussed a lot of the worlds problems as we had pretty similar views about life. I can tell you he is really missed at Cass. I was hoping we would get to have coffee and some of his desserts that he usually brought up for the rest of us.

    Take care.

    Rich Butler

  9. Annette, I was gob smacked when Mark texted me that James had passed. I always enjoyed chatting with him during Christmas parties and other Tharaldson events back in the day. And as proud as he was talking of his daughters’ accomplishments, I’m sure his advice and cajoling will be sorely missed. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss, my prayers will be with your family.

  10. I worked with James through the CC Friends of Fine Arts. I was so sorry to hear about James’ passing. He was so friendly and always had time to stop and chat whenever I would see him. Prayers for peace and understanding during this difficult time. With our deepest sympathy.
    Kim, Dave, Dustin and Mitch Scheer

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