|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1830|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 1900|
Falmouth Enterprise, Saturday, April 21, 1900; Page: 7
Deacon Alexander Crocker
Death has been very busy this winter in the village of Waquoit, and has taken away several of our most valued friends. On Sunday, the 8th instant, occurred the funeral of Capt. Lewis Baker, one of our most respected and useful citizens, who had for long years been the principle businessman of the place, storekeeper, vessel owner and general adviser.
Only two days later Deacon Alexander Crocker, died, on Tuesday the 10th. He had had an attack of la grippe earlier in the season from which he had seemingly recovered and gone to work again. But his wife was taken ill, and then his own trouble seemed to come back and weakened as he was he was unable to stand the strain.
Alexander Crocker was born in Waquoit in 1830, the son of Alexander and Sarah Crocker. In his early days he followed the sea for a short time, as so many Cape Cod boys have done. But he soon gave that up and settled down to the carriage and wagon business. All the upper end of the Cape knows the "Company Shop" at Waquoit where for forty-four years he has labored, doing such work as has made him known and trusted by all who needed his services. He was a workman who needed not to be ashamed. He said to the writer last summer, "I never build but one wagon for a man. It lasts as long as he does." He put heart and conscience into his work, and the quaint old shop, with its water power, was a favorite stopping place for lovers of the picturesque in nature and the kindly and true in man. Others were from time to time associated with Mr. Crocker in various branches of the business, but for the greater part of the last forty years he has been independent. In connection with him, however, Mr. Josiah Burgess has run a blacksmith shop, where the iron work was done, and it has been a remarkable, if informal partnership, wherein the two friends for over forty years have worked side by side.
In the village of Waquoit Deacon Crocker will be sorely missed. He was not a man to put himself forward at all in public affairs; and yet his word carried weight everywhere. Everyone knew him and loved him. It would be impossible to find a person who does not feel the poorer by his removal. He was thoroughly trusted by young and old. A kinder, more obliging man was never known. He was always ready to help to the extent of his means and beyond in every good cause, and the Congregational church to which he had been deacon since 1875, will never be able to fill his place. Next to his own family he loved that church and he served it faithfully for many, many years. He was always the right-hand man of the pastor; and when there has been no pastor it was he who was the natural leader in spiritual things. His faith was something strong and beautiful and his works did not belie his faith. All who knew him agree that he was absolutely sincere and honest.
The funeral took place in the church on Thursday, conducted by the Rev. William Fairley of Philadelphia, an old time friend who had known and loved him for over twenty years. It was in the midst of a heavy downfall of rain, and at a time when sickness kept very many friends away, but the whole community was there in heart, and the town mourns the good man gone.
Deacon Crocker leaves a widow, Mrs. Bethania Crocker, and one daughter, Miss Clara P. Crocker. Another dearly loved daughter, Bella, preceded her father to the land of rest and light eleven years ago. Two brothers, Allen, of California, and Benjamin of New Bedford, survive him, out of a family of nine brothers and sisters.
The deepest sympathy of the community goes out to the family. Such a life is an inspiration to all who knew it; and such a death a trumpet call to others to take up the work on earth which he laid down, after earning the rest of heaven. He has fought a good fight, he has finished his course, he has kept the faith and now he wears the crown of righteousness. W. F.
obituary courtesy of Jan Harley (#47468145)
Name: Alexander Crocker
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 10 Apr 1900
Event Place: Falmouth, Massachusetts
Residence Place: Falmouth
Marital Status: Married
Birth Year (Estimated): 1830
Burial Place: Falmouth
Father's Titles and Terms:
Mother's Titles and Terms:
Reference ID: v 504 p 19
GS Film number: 1843726
Digital Folder Number: 4289811
Image Number: 39
"Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NW8R-KJ4 : accessed 28 Apr 2013), Alexander Crocker, 1900.
Bethania L Bourne Crocker (1833 - 1907)*
Clara P Crocker (1858 - 1929)*
Isabel M Crocker (1867 - 1889)*
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