|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1895|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1942|
W. S. Crocker Funeral Today; Hundreds Attend
Chemist, Draft Official And Plane-Spotter Dies From Shock And Fall
Hundreds of relatives and friends filled Christ church this noon to pay final tribute to Weyman S. Crocker, who died Saturday night at Burbank hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage and a fractured skull sustained while he was completing a tour of extra dury the previous night at the plane observatory on Ryefield road.
The services were in charge of Rev. John Crocker, headmaster of the Groton school. He was assisted by Rev. A. Vincent Bennett, D. D., rector of Christ church; Rev. Frederick H. Sleep, rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, where Mr. Crocker had served as warden since the founding of the parish; and Rev. Vaughan Merrick, master of St. George's school at Newport, R. I., of which Mr. Crocker was an alumnus, president of the alumni body and trustee.
The Christ church choir, under the direction of Paul C. Akin, sang "Onward, Christian Soldiers," "Fight the Good Fight," "Abide With Me," and "The Strife Is O'er."
Burial was in Laurel Hill cemetery where committal services were conducted by the four clergymen.
Bearers were Ralph G. Smart, Joseph F. Prendergast, Paul V. Deneen, John H. Leatherbee, Fred E. Bailey, Willet M. Messenger, Morgan K. Smith Jr., and Samuel T. Orton Jr.
Honorary bearers were Ralph W. Robbins, Leslie J. Mossman, Milton A. Barrett, Donald McElwain, Frank W. Crocker, George Van Sluyk, Nathaniel S. Clifford, Walter O. Luscombe Jr., Ralph N. Beckwith, Frank A. Harley, George H. Crocker Jr., Samuel M. Salny, Robert E. Greenwood, Arthur L. Bull, Albert J. Redway, Thomas Sugrue, E. Hollis Connor, Morton Goodspeed and Wright Duryea.
Ushers were Douglas Crocker, Morgan K. Smith, Bigelow Crocker, Charles T. Crocker 3d, Norman Harrower, Louis Dejonge, S. E. M. Crocker, Alvah Crocker 3d, Harold Cross and Everett F. Howarth.
Delegations were present from the chemical laboratory at Crocker Burbank & Co. Assn., where Mr. Crocker had served as chemist for many years, the Fidelity Co-operative bank of which he had been a director; Fitchburg post, A. L., of which he was a member, and the Worcester county draft appeal board, of which he was also a member.
Mr. Crocker, who was one of the organizers of the plane-spotting unit of Fitchburg post, A. L., was doing an extra tour of duty at the Ryefield road plane observatory when he was stricken early Friday evening. After collapsing from a cerebral hemorrhage he fell backward and struck his head on an outcropping ledge on the bottom step of the staircase leading to the observation tower, and the skull fracture resulted.
He was rushed to Burbank hospital where he was attended by Dr. James G. Simmons who decided, after consultation with brain specialists and surgeons, to postpone an emergency brain operation. His condition was declared very poor and his name was immediately placed on the danger list.
Mr. Crocker was born in this city, Feb. 26, 1895, son of Adams and Annie (Weyman) Crocker, and attended the Fitchburg schools and St. George's school at Newport, R. I. He was graduated from Harvard university in 1917 and immediately joined the armed forces as an engineer in the navy. He was commissioned a lieutenant and assigned to the U. S. S. Wyoming, which was attached to the British fleet on convoy and battle duty.
While at Harvard Mr. Crocker was a member of the Delphic club. He was a trustee of St. George's school, a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and a warden of the church, and a member of Fitchburg post, A. L. Recently he had been serving as a member of the Worcester county draft appeal board.
An ardent sportsman, Mr. Crocker was an amateur sled-dog driver and had had his own teams. He was also an expert canoeist and excelled especially at "white water" canoeing.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Nathalie (Bontecou) Crocker; one son, Weyman S. Crocker Jr.; one daughter, Cynthia Ann Crocker, and a sister, Mrs. David Little of Cambridge.
Another sister, Priscilla, who served during the first World war as an army nurse, died in the influenza epidemic at Camp Devens.
Fitchburg (Massachusetts) Sentinel
Monday, 16 Mar 1942
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Annie Lothrop Weyman Crocker (1866 - 1932)
Nathalie Holdrege Bontecou Rogers (1895 - 1972)
Adams Crocker (1920 - 1920)*
Cynthia Ann Crocker Bergen (1922 - 2001)*
Priscilla Alden Crocker (1892 - 1919)*
Weyman Stockton Crocker (1895 - 1942)
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Created by: JErikLarson
Record added: Apr 30, 2011
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