PROVIDENCE — Rev. Deacon John E. Croy died in Providence on November 18, 2022.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1936, he was the first child of the late Theodore W. Croy and Katherine (Bell) Croy.
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 M.A. 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, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was the brother of the late Charles T. Croy and Judy Hendricks.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Lucy Church, Middletown on November 23 with burial in St. Columba Cemetery.