William Bruce Croft

February 19, 2018

Montague - William Bruce Croft, 82, of Old Stage Road died early Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. He was born in Woburn, MA on May 29, 1935, the son of Leo Harold Croft and Margaret Elvira Croft of Canton, MA. Bruce played football and track at Canton High School where he later graduated from in 1954, and shared many fond memories with his brothers and sisters.

He went on to serve in the United States Navy for four years on the USS Bobolink as a third class petty officer and had the opportunity to travel as far as the Panama Canal before being transferred to the Reserves. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in June 1960.

In 1955, he met his now bride, Shirley Sherman from Scotstown, Quebec at a local dance outside of Boston, and they were married in the fall of 1957. A year later they had their first pride and joy, Warren Croft, who passed away in 2007.

In 1976, Bruce founded Croft Corporation, a silkscreen and spray-painting family business, from   1976-2002. He was proud of his business and every employee.

Bruce was a big fan of the Red Sox, an admirer of all size trains and loved traveling around New England, especially by the coast.

Besides his beloved wife of 60 years, Shirley (Sherman) Croft, Bruce leaves a son, Jeffrey S. Croft and his wife Miia M. (Talviharju) of Venice, FL; a daughter, Wanda J. (Croft) Mauran and her husband Rick of Greenfield; four grandchildren, Jennifer L. Croft, Siira H Talviharju, Jeffrey M. Croft, and Aniika S. Croft all of Venice, FL; a great grandson, Logan B. Johnson; four siblings, Kenneth Croft and wife Pauline Croft of Fall River, MA; Joan Wheeler of Littleton, MA; Sandra Pasquarosa and husband Paul Pasquarosa of Norton, MA; and Douglas Croft and wife Theresa Croft North Providence, RI.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, 2/24 at 10am at the Gill Church, 6 Center Road, Gill.  Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home.  Sympathy message available at


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