CROFT – William E. “Bim”, 89, of Western Head, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens Manor, Liverpool on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
Born in Western Head on December 2, 1928, he was a son of the late William and Frances (Gerhardt) Croft.
Bim was born and raised in Western Head and lived all his life in the family home. Most of his working life was spent at Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited. Previous to that, he was a fisherman alongside his brother Avery and worked at Nickerson Bros. In his spare time, Bim enjoyed gardening and preparing his winter wood. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bim will be lovingly remembered by his family as a kind, generous and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved to spend time with his family.
Surviving are his daughters Carolyn (Kent) MacDonald and Donna (Michael) Herman, both of Western Head, his son Alan of Walden. 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. His sister Viola Robar of Halifax and his brother Avery of Western Head.
He was predeceased by his wife Joan (White), his son Gary, his sisters Alice and Verna and his brother Roger.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. both in Chandlers’ Funeral Chapel, Liverpool. Reverend Judy Cross officiating. Burial will be in Grace Anglican Cemetery, Western Head. No flowers by request, donations may be made to the Victorian Order of Nurses, Queens County branch, the Queens General Hospital Foundation or the Queens Manor, Liverpool. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com.
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Manson and Nancy White
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. PRAYERS.
Ruby Stevens and Family
To Bim’s Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bim’s passing. He was the kindest man I ever knew. Always had a friendly face and open attitude towards everyone! I have known Bim since 1976, when my father introduced me to him just before I moved to Western Head with my family. My father said to me: “Ruby, you will never have a better neighbour!”, My Dad’s statement proved to be more than true!! I always enjoyed Bim’s neighbourly gifts of potatoes from his garden. Bim was very fortunate to have had such a loving family always, especially in his later years. My sincerest condolences go out to you all.
With healing love,
Ruby Stevens and Family
Walter and Sherri Miller
Carolyn,Donna,Alan and families:
We were very saddened to hear of the loss of Bim.He was a great man and have known him for a long time.My visits to his home were very much enjoyed.He will certainly be missed by many friends and family.Our condolences go out to you all at this difficult time.
Peter Young,Sharon White,Bobby Young and Thelma
To the entire Croft families,we’re so sorry to hear that Bim had passed away,he was always a pleasure to chat with, when ever we would meet .He was a great guy to work with,having worked along side of him loading the paper boats.May he now rest in peace with all his pains gone.Cherish all the happy memories that you all had together.RIP Bim
Ricky and Wanda Levy
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Our thought are with you.
Walter & Noreen MacDonald
To Carolyn, Donna, Alan & Uncle Avery & their families, we’d like to extend our sincere condolences on Bim’s passing.
So sorry to the family for this tremendous loss. Please accept my sincere sympathies. Take care.
Donna and Carolyn, I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad, Bim. When I first came to Sand Beach, he would wave and chat with me. A happy cheerful, hard working man. Sand Beach Road will be different without Bim. I am saddened by your loss, Gill (Wu) (109 Sand Beach Road)
Carolyn, Donna, Alan, and families
So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Bim was a great mentor to us “young fellows” who worked with him on the Dock. He showed us how to operate lift trucks and “stick” paper in trucks and on the ships. He must have had a lot of patience.
Linda Baron Dunham
Donna, Mike and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Although this is a very difficult time for all of you, we are blessed to have wonderful memories of those we love. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Linda Baron Dunham.
Sorry for your loss .praying for you and the family
Kim and Dale Foley
I was saddened to hear of Bim’s passing.He was always such a kind and unassuming man.I have many fond memories of all of you from my youth and will always remember him as a humble and pleasant man.Cherish all of the wonderful memories you must have of him.I wish I could be there to say goodbye to him but know that he was never forgotten by any of us neighborhood kids. “The Langley Girl” and her family
Marsha & Gordie Arthur
Thinking of you at this very sad time.
We are so sorry for your loss. Him was a great father and a book of knowledge.
Janet and George Fletcher
We were sorry to hear about Bim. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.
Patti and Reid Emenau
Dear Carolyn, Donna, Alan and families,
We send our sincere condolences to you all on the loss of your dear dad, grandfather, and great Grampie. He will be sadly missed by you all. Take comfort in good memories and in knowing how well you cared and looked after him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Patti and Reid
Betty and Bradford Cunningham
So sorry to hear about the passing of Bim. He was a very pleasant gentleman. He love to talk to anyone he meet. May God give the family comfort.
John and Trina Langley
Sorry for your loss.Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Dawn and Bernard Hanley
So sorry to hear of Bin’s passing. He was such a sweet man. Hugs to you all.
Our sympathy to the family.
Greg & Lin
To the Croft Family:
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Bim. No trip to Western Head went without a visit to the Crofts. The Garrett children remember the times of sleeping there and meals around the table with Aunt Francis keeping an eye on all of us. Western Head has always felt like home to Ken and Mary Lou and they especially will cherish their memories of Bim and their connection to him.
The Garrett Family
Diane and Donald White
So sorry to hear about Bim, our sincere condolences to you all.
I am so sorry to hear of Bim’s passing. I truly enjoyed spending time with him. He was a very kind and gentle man. My thoughts and prayers are with his Family at this difficult time.
To the Croft family,
So sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kevin and Debbie Page
Carolyn , Donna . Alan.
Sorry to hear of Bim passing he was a gentle soul and a kind man.
Thinking of you .
Esther Doggett (Tarr)
Carolyn, Donna , Allan and Families;
So sorry to hear about your dad passing. Your family is my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Charlene and Bruce White/Bill and Barbara Scobey
Dear Carolyn, Donna, Alan and Avery.
We have so many fond memories of Bim from our younger years.
The many times spent in his home with Gary…
Watching him light the bonfire at Victoria Lake for skating parties…
Greeting him every Sunday at Grace Church in his favorite pew with that devilish grin…
Bim was such a gentle, kind and caring man and we are blessed to have known him. You have lost a wonderful father, grandfather and brother and we will never forget him.
So sorry to hear of your dad`s passing. Thinking about all of you at this very sad time… Sending love to all
Jim & Jacqueline Peach
To the family, so sorry to hear about Bim’s passing. I remember as a youngin our family visited quite often & was always made to feel at home.Bim always had a smile to greet you. My deepest condolences goes out to the family. May God give you each the comfort you need to get through this valley.
Donna and family. I am sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I really enjoy our conversations when I have appointments at
Blair’s office. Your Dad was a very hard working man, and ‘down to earth” as they say. My sincere condolences.
I am so sorry to hear of Bim’s passing. Such a sweet and gentle soul. One of the panes of glass, at the old Grace Church, will be dedicated in his name… he was such a good friend to this little church over his life time. Rest in peace, Bim.
Harry & Cheryl Kennickell
We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.:
Kathy and Bernie Rumbolt
Dear Donna ,Allan and Carolyn,
We are very sorry to learn of Bim’s passing. I remember him being a quiet, gentle man with a kind spirit. I have great memories of times spent at the Croft home many years ago. He’s with Joan and Gary now. Thinking of you all. Hugs.
Love Kathy (Levy) and family.
Kim and Craig Hupman
Donna, Mike and Family,
So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
Hugs to you all!
Kim, Craig and Brittany
So sorry for your loss..
Philip and Holly Smith
To the Croft family,
So very sorry for your loss; it is especially hard at this time of year to lose a parent. May many good memories sustain you in the days ahead.
Philip and Holly Smith
Ron & Bonnie Henderson
To Bim’s Family,
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Ron & Bonnie
Nellie Levy Crouse
Donna,Carolyn, Allan and families,
I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences.
Nellie Levy Crouse
Jennifer and Rick Clattenburg
So Sorry to hear of Bim’s passing thinking of you all, he was such a nice man
Bob & Janet Robar
Janet and I were planning to attend the funeral tomorrow to pay our respect however based on the upcoming weather we are not comfortable with the drive from Halifax. I have many great memories of Bim from my childhood. He was such a kind man, had a great sense of humor and a caring personalty. Carolyn, Donna and Alan you were very fortunate to have had such a wonderful person as your Dad. I know you will all miss him deeply. Take care.
Bob & Janet
Carolyn, Donna, Alan my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Had hoped to travel to Liverpool today but the weather forecast is not too promising for travel. I have fond memories of time spent at Western Head as a child. Uncle Bim was always the same, loving and kind and accepting of everyone. You were fortunate to have him as your Father and will miss him very much. My condolences on your loss.
Evelyn and Lorimer
So sorry for your lose … hang on to the happy memories…
David Whynott of mersey point
I am very sorry to hear of Bim’s passing, I always enjoyed chatting with bim at victoria lake in the late evenings back some years ago.we shared many stories which imlooked forward too.my condolences to all of Bim’s family at this sad time. bless you all.
Carolyn, Donna, Alan, and families so sorry to hear about Bim’s passing
Faye barkhouse and Jack langley
So sorry for your loss. May you take comfort in your memories of a gentleman. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.
So sorry about the loss of your father/grandfather. Sincere condolences from all of us.
Joan deRoos and family
Brenda Reid ( Wentzell )
Dear Carolyn – so sorry to hear this news. Know I’m thinking of you.