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Croft; Richard Maxwell “Rick”

Posted By Obits On July 21, 2021 @ 2:45 pm In Obituaries | 60 Comments

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Croft – Richard Maxwell “Rick”, 74, of Brooklyn, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Monday, May 24, 2021.
Born in Liverpool, Rick was a son of the late Percy and Vivian (Rhyno) Croft.
In his younger years, Rick worked in the woods logging before moving on to work for Bowater Mersey Paper Company loading boats and working as a diver. He, along with his wife, Joanne, enjoyed fishing in their boat and restoring old tractors. He was an avid collector of many items, but he had a special love for guns and making his own bullets and shells. He was a great marksman. Rick was happiest when spending time at his camp on the River Road.
Rick is survived by his loving wife and sweetie, Joanne McCarthy; step-daughter, Kim McCarthy; step-grandchildren, Ryan, Mia, Kevin, Kory and Kelby; brother, Donald; and his lovable rescue dog, Charlie.
He as predeceased by a step-daughter, Kerri Huskins.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Service, Liverpool. A graveside service will be held July 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the Brooklyn Community Cemetery. No flowers by request, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.chandlersfuneral.com
A special thank you to Giffy, Andrew, Greg and Maynard for their kindness and help.

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Condolence from Anne Peverill on May 25th, 2021 7:43 pm

Joanne, I was so sorry to read of Rick’s passing.
My heartfelt condolences to you & the family.
R I P Rick

Condolence from John W.Dexter on May 25th, 2021 8:58 pm

I was shocked to learn of Ricky passing. I lived next door to him for a number of years and went to the gun club with him years ago.Sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Terry &Donna Connolly on May 25th, 2021 8:58 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss.He was a good person and neighbour.Take care.

Condolence from Gordon Eisnor on May 25th, 2021 10:28 pm

Sorry to read of Rick’s passing.Condolences to all his family’

Condolence from Faye Levy on May 26th, 2021 7:23 am

Dear Joanne,
Norman and I are so very saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing. I will cherish the memories of seeing him come up for a visit on his ride on mower with Charles sitting in the wagon, and then later years on one of his tractors..He certainly was a wealth of information. He was a very smart man. I remember when I delivered the Christmas Gifts for Santa for Seniors, and how happy he was….Know that I am here for…I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Faye and Norman

Condolence from Mary Lowe on May 26th, 2021 7:25 am

So sorry to see that Rick has passed…my condolances to Joanne and the Family…RIP Rick

Condolence from Sydney and Denise Parnell on May 26th, 2021 8:01 am

Our deepest condolences on Ricky passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. He loved the tractors he collected and had a Special love for the Old Army truck he refinished and used in Parades years back.

Condolence from Faye Levy on May 26th, 2021 8:21 am

Dear Joanne,
Norman and I are so saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing. He was a wealth of knowledge and was always willing to share things he knew. I think the last time we had a good chat was when I delivered the Christmas gifts for Santa for Seniors. He was so happy. I will always cherish the memories of him driving his lawnmower up the road with “ Sir Charles” in the wagon and coming in for a visit or when you would see him come up the road on one of his tractors. I know how much both you and Rick loved to go fishing and just set down at the Marina and watch the boats. Hold on to all your wonderful memories as they will help you through this sad time. I will keep you in my prayers.
Love, Faye & Norman

Condolence from John Townsend on May 26th, 2021 8:34 am

Joanne and family: Please accept my conolences in Rickeys passing. I thought a lot of Rick, and was amused when he woul get upset when the beavers would flood his woodland at the camp. He was a good friend to me. We did many things together especialy target shooting at indoor, and outdoor ranges. Rest in peace Rick.

Condolence from Valerie and Donald Inness on May 26th, 2021 8:38 am

Dear Joanne and Family:
Our deepest condolences to you all. I met Ricky when I worked at the Museum. He was a great person, always in the best of moods. I can only hope there is a shooting range in heaven just for him. Stay well and be safe.
Valerie Inness

Condolence from Bob and Brenda Lohnes on May 26th, 2021 10:35 am

Sorry to hear that Rickey has passed away, our condolences to his family.

Condolence from Bob and Brenda Lohnes on May 26th, 2021 10:36 am

Very sorry to hear that Rickey has passed away, our condolences to his family.

Condolence from Brenda and Bob Lohnes on May 26th, 2021 10:38 am

Very sorry to hear that Rickey has passed away, our condolences to his family.

Condolence from Charlene & Carl Veinot on May 26th, 2021 11:08 am

Joanne & Family:

We were saddened to hear of Ricky passing. Always enjoyed having
a chat with him. Hold all the memories that you have of him close to
your heart and hopefully that will help with the healing process. Our
thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Take Care.

Condolence from David whynott of mersey point on May 26th, 2021 11:18 am

Sorry to hear of Ricky’s passing He will be remembered by the many people who knew him.

Condolence from D BLAKE CONRAD on May 26th, 2021 11:56 am

Surprised & sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Growing up he & Donnie were inseparable. Later he & Vivian were always out for a drive & would stop in. Later still it was he & Joanne & Charles David stopping by. Always had a storey or some bit of wisdom to pass on. He will be greatly missed,

BLAKE & Jo-Anne

Condolence from Gary Davis on May 26th, 2021 12:30 pm

Marion and I are sorry to read of Rickey’s passing. We had fun times when we were in The Liverpool Privateers Militia.

Condolence from Dan & Barb MacLaren on May 26th, 2021 12:36 pm

We are shocked and saddened to learn of Ricky’s passing. We will miss our chats at the marina and remember the many times Ricky and Prince Charles would stop for a visit. RIP

Condolence from Charlotte fancy on May 26th, 2021 12:45 pm

Wow…shocked to read this..always had a good story to tell when he came in and got gas…always talking about Charles…..will miss our chats…

Condolence from Doug & Valerie on May 26th, 2021 12:50 pm

We are so sorry to see this. Rick was a great neighbor and will be missed. Sending love to Joanne.

Condolence from Phyllis on May 26th, 2021 1:14 pm

Love you all. Joanne will surely miss the good times they shared. Wish we could be there to hug Jo at this time. Hopefully restrictions will come to an end soon and we can be together.
So sorry you lost him.
Phyllis & Bill

Condolence from wayne.cross cross on May 26th, 2021 2:22 pm

Sorry to hear of Ricky’s passing. He was a good neighbor and friend. We had many chats about our mutual interests. Antique tractors and boats. In particular his old boat the “BEAMER”. I know Ricky and Joanne had many a happy adventure in it fishing . Ricky will definitely be missed mowing his grass on his ride on mower or for a little spin around the neighborhood on one of his favorite tractors the “Ferguson”. I enjoyed the chats and realized that Ricky was a local historian who had a wealth of local knowledge about the history of area. Lots of good memories. Condolences to Joanne and “Sir Charles”.
Wayne Cross
and Lana Johnston.
Pasadena , NL.

Condolence from Darlene and Wayne Trimm on May 26th, 2021 2:43 pm

Joanne, Sorry to hear of Rick passing. He loved to tell me of the many good times he had at my grandmothers and uncles home in the bay. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Darlene

Condolence from Ken & Judi Minard on May 26th, 2021 3:01 pm

Sincere condolences to Ricky’s family.
He will be missed.

Condolence from Shirley and Paul Shot on May 26th, 2021 4:00 pm

Joanne and family, please accept our sincere condolences on Ricky’s passing. He will be missed. Keep your memories close and reminisce often of your many fishing trips that you both loved so much.
Shirley and Paul

Condolence from Susan M MacLeod on May 26th, 2021 4:54 pm

Joanne and Family

I am so sad to hear of Ricki’s passing. Quite a surprise. Recently we had a good chat at Transcotia Restuarant. He surely will be missed by so many friends.
My sincere condolences
Susan MacLeod and Murray Cluett

Condolence from John Murray on May 26th, 2021 5:07 pm

So sad to hear of Rick’s passing . Sincere condolences to all his family.

Condolence from Melanie Sarty on May 26th, 2021 6:58 pm

I was so surprised and saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing .My sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Barry and Sandy Cross on May 26th, 2021 8:12 pm

So sorry to hear of Rickys passing, he will be greatly missed. He always had a yarn to tell whenever we would get together at Wayne’s. if there is anything Barry and I can do, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Take care. R.I.P Ricky

Condolence from Roy and Jane Payzant on May 26th, 2021 9:42 pm

We were saddened to hear of Rickie’s passing.Please except our sincerest sympathy.He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Condolence from Susan Mcfatridge on May 26th, 2021 10:04 pm

Sorry to hear of Rick’s passing, hold your memories close you will be in my thoughts and players!

Susan&Charlie McFatridge

Condolence from Debee Ramey on May 26th, 2021 10:18 pm

So sorry to hear about Rick. I am thinking of you Joanne and send you all my love.

Condolence from Sheree Chandler on May 27th, 2021 7:04 am

To the Croft Family,

Deepest sympathies to you all in your loss. I believe there was a familial connection between Ricky and my late husband, Aubrey.
May memories ease your grief and the company of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Greg and Bonnie Kenney on May 27th, 2021 9:55 am


We are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Our condolences and sympathy. We had spent many an hour listening to the history of Liverpool and its people through him. Also his specific knowledge on nature and her ways. I will get many a smile I’m sure whenever I remember him. It was a blessing to have known him. We share in your grief. We are thinking of you.

Condolence from Colleen Baggs on May 27th, 2021 12:00 pm

I was very sad to hear of Rick`s passing, he was such a sweet man, may he RIP!

Condolence from Kim Kook on May 27th, 2021 12:28 pm

So sorry to hear of Ricky’s passing. When I was a little girl Ricky would come to my grandparents house to see my Uncle Barrie. In later years whenever he saw me we would always chat. Ricky will be missed by all who knew him. Sincere condolences.

Condolence from sandra whynot on May 27th, 2021 12:33 pm

Joanne and Family,I am so sorry to hear that Ricky has passed away. Ricky and Peter were good friends for so long and had many a good times in the Privateer Militia and the Hollow Log together.

Condolence from Valerie Rhyno on May 27th, 2021 12:40 pm

To all of Rickys family.
I am shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Ricky was definitely one if a kind. Sending my deepest condolences.

Condolence from Diane Munro on May 27th, 2021 1:16 pm

Dear Joanne
I was saddened to read that Rick had died. Rick and I go back for years when I was a V.O.N. nurse and I would visit Rick’s mom several times a week. I so enjoyed my visits with Rick’s Mom. I continued to meet Rick so many times around town. He was such a sincere man. Take good care of yourself. Sincerely Diane Munro, retired VON nurse-Queens County.

Condolence from Anna-Stell Vaughn on May 27th, 2021 2:27 pm

Dear Joanne and family:
Jordan and I send our sincere sympathy on the passing of Rick. It was always enjoyable when he would stop and have a chat on his way to or from the cottage, while I was walking along the Medway.

Condolence from Sylvia Wheadon on May 27th, 2021 2:42 pm

so sorry to hear of Richard passing Ross and Richard were the the best of friends. They sure had great chats on the phone.

Condolence from George and Carolyn Parnell on May 27th, 2021 4:24 pm

Sending our sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Patti and Reid Emenau on May 27th, 2021 7:04 pm

Joanne and family,

We are sorry to hear of Rick’s death. Our sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Doug Lohnes on May 27th, 2021 8:28 pm

Sorry to learn of Rick’s passing. Sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Judy James on May 28th, 2021 7:19 am

Joanne please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband. Ricky was so very kind to welcome us to the community. I felt a real connection with his sincere humanity and care for others. His insistence that I come to the marina and assess one of our visitor boat skippers probably saved that man’s life. He was a sensitive and kind man. He will be sorely missed.

Condolence from Bucky and Donna Norman on May 28th, 2021 10:48 am

Sorry to read this obituary today. Keep all the good memories in your hearts to help you through this difficult time.

Condolence from Frank and Jane Croft on May 28th, 2021 11:00 am

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ricky’s passing…Always looked forward to our little chats. Oh the memories…May He Rest In Peace in Gods Loving Arms❤

Condolence from John LEEFE on May 28th, 2021 11:49 am

Always enjoyed Ricky, a most engaging friend.

Condolence from Jean DesRosiers on May 28th, 2021 9:06 pm

So sorry for your loss Joanne..my deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Bob and Karen Barnes on May 28th, 2021 10:11 pm

Rick was very pleasant and friendly and we will miss seeing him at the marina. Our sincere condolences to all of his family at this sad time.

Condolence from Gifford Fralic on May 29th, 2021 10:52 pm

Rest in piece my friend

Condolence from Sharon Westlake on May 30th, 2021 8:43 am

Joanne. I’m so sorry to here of Ricky passing. We will miss seeing him everyday at the Brooklyn Marina and the chats all the canteen staff had with him. Thinking of you. Takecare.

Condolence from Byron Whynacht on May 31st, 2021 9:01 am

So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Condolences to the family. The Croft brothers were pleasant to deal with thru their many Jeeps they loved with a passion over the years.

Condolence from Holly Jo Dalby on May 31st, 2021 7:41 pm

So sincerely sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Our sincere condolences

Brian and Holly Jo (Foshay) Dalby

Condolence from Linda Rafuse on June 3rd, 2021 7:52 pm

To Rick’s family……so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. We used to enjoy his visits and chats when he’d drop by the museum back in the day. Sending our sincere condolences.

Linda Rafuse
Queens County Museum

Condolence from Shane McDougall on June 4th, 2021 9:53 pm

An Honour serving with you in the Liverpool Privateer Militia.

Condolence from Peter Rhyno on June 6th, 2021 12:07 am

I was surprised to learn of Ricky’s passing. I did not know that he was ill. Ricky was family and I have many good memories of Rick and his brother Donny and mother Vivian when I was a young man. He will be missed. Donny if you read this, I hope that you are doing well. I haven’t seen you in some time nor know where you presently are living. Take care my friend. Hope our paths cross again sometime soon.

Condolence from John LEEFE on July 22nd, 2021 4:36 pm

Always enjoyed chatting with Rick. He was a man of many interests who loved sharing with others.

Condolence from Shirley and Paul Shot on July 23rd, 2021 4:11 pm

Dear Joanne, please accept our sincere condolences on Ricky’s passing. You both had lots of great times out in the harbour. Remember the good times.

Condolence from The Dickies on July 25th, 2021 11:29 pm

Dear Joanne
We are sorry to hear of Ricky’s passing . His long connection to Brooklyn, his dedication to his mother Vivian, his personable friendly manner and his interest in local history are some of our memories of this special man . We extend our deepest sympathy ….
Randi & Ted

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