Obituary of Kenneth J. Croft Jr.
Le Roy / Cape Vincent, NY - Kenneth (Ken) J. Croft passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Batavia, NY on January 31, 1935 to the late Dorothy and Kenneth J. Croft Sr. In 1952, Ken graduated from LeRoy High School. He married the love of his life, Helen J. Lawrence, on April 16, 1955.
In 1954, Ken began a career as a mechanical engineer. He later earned several degrees in Industrial Supervision, Applied Science and Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. After 40 years of dedicated service, he retired from Gleason Works of Rochester, NY in 1994.
Ken and Helen maintained a seasonal home in Cape Vincent, NY. Since 1955, the couple and their family have enjoyed fishing, camping, and swimming along the St. Lawrence River. He especially enjoyed being on the water with his boat named “Pa’s Toy”. Ken enjoyed traveling and spent time during his retirement years traveling with Helen to places like Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, and all over the United States. He also enjoyed the challenges of new and computer technology; but above all else, he loved the time spent with family. They were “his whole world”.
Ken is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen. Also surviving are: children, Lynne (Gary Roth), Debra (Joseph) Wood, Thomas and David (Mary); grandchildren Douglas (Megan) Croft, Jan (Kayla) Merchant, Missy (Tarmo) Pallop, Henry Wood and Jeremy Wood; great-grandchildren, Amelia and Luc Merchant, Ryan Wood, Heli and Liia Pallop; a sister, Kathy; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Family and friends may call on Saturday, April 28 from 10 AM – 12 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy, where his Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 PM. Interment in Machpelah Cemetery will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Wilmot Cancer Institute or LeRoy Historical Society.