In loving memory of

Rev. Deacon John E. Croy
October 19, 1936 - November 18, 2022

Rev. Deacon John E. Croy
Born in Dayton, Ohio first child of the late Theodore W. Croy and Katherine (Bell) Croy in the year 1936 and died in Providence, RI on November 18, 2022.

Deacon John was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in 1958 where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an engineer for NCR, Burroughs, ITT, RCA, Honeywell, and General Electric in design and development of digital circuitry and computer systems. Upon retirement he applied for and was accepted in the Providence Diocesan program for formation as a Permanent Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church and was ordained in 2002. He earned a MA degree from Providence College in 2003 and served as deacon assistant to the pastor of St. Lucy's Church in Middletown, RI.

Deacon John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marianna E. Croy, his daughters, Madeline T. Izzo of Pittsburgh, PA and Catherine M. Smith of Marlborough, MA, his sons, Theodore W. Croy of Newport, RI, John C. Croy of Middletown, RI and Frederick M. Croy "Reggie" of Wakefield, RI, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was the brother of the late Charles T. Croy and Judy Hendricks.

Visitation will be held in St. Lucy's Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, from 10:00am to 11:00am. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00pm. Burial will take place in St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory should be made to St. Lucy's Building Fund, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, RI, 02842.


Jane Steele wrote on Dec 6, 2022:

"Marianna, David & I always looked forward to talking w/John after 8am Mass Sunday. He set our mood for the day. Having recently lost David I share in your sorrow, but each day I smile whenever I think of him and sadness eludes me. I wish the very same for you. Jane Steele "

Sandi & Ron Abrams wrote on Nov 21, 2022:

"Sandi & Ron Abrams So sorry for your lost...May he Rest In Peace... "

Deacon Francis Valliere wrote on Nov 21, 2022:

"It was a privilege to be a deacon classmate of John's! A kind and gentle man who personified what it was to be a Deacon. May the Angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs greet you at your arrival and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the choir of Angels welcome you and like Lazarus, who once was a poor man, may you have eternal rest. Your brother in Christ, Deacon Francis Valliere"

Sheila M Raposa wrote on Nov 21, 2022:

"My husband, Greg and I always enjoyed our association with Deacon Croy. I am sorry for your loss. Sheila Raposa"

Susan Croy Roth wrote on Nov 20, 2022:

"I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle John's passing. I loved him very, very much! He was always so kind to me and was full of warmth and love. It makes me happy to know he's now reunited with my Dad and their sister, Judy! Sending love to Marianna, Maddy, Cathy, Ted, John and Reg. I love you all so much and I wish I could be with you during this difficult time. "

Grace R Sullivan wrote on Nov 20, 2022:

"Marianna and Family my husband Pat and I will really miss Deacon John.. He always had a smile and hug if you needed it. Grace and Pat Sullivan"

Jon Croy wrote on Nov 20, 2022:

"My dad used to say that you can tell a lot about a man by the people around him. I?d say it?s obvious that my Uncle John was a man of high character who was curious, smart, practical, generous and loving. He?s the last of a generation of Croys and he will be missed."