Harold “Sonny” W. Crocker
Harold “Sonny” Crocker passed away July 8, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bangor, April 27, 1934 the son of Harold and Helen Crocker. Sonny graduated from Bangor High School in 1953. He then worked for 35 years as a salesman and assistant vice president of W. S. Emerson Co.
On July 16, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years. Together he and Marilyn J. Annis began building their family, starting with their three cherished daughters.
Sonny joined the Anah Shrine of Bangor on June 16, 1961, and became a member of the 2nd Section. He was also the Captain of Anah’s Mini-Bike Unit. Sonny was appointed Outer Guard by Albert Winchell, Jr. in 1974 and elected Potentate in 1983. He became Recorder of the Anah Shrine in 1984 and was awarded Shriner of the Year in 1999. Sonny served as the Recorder for 29 years before retiring at the age of 81.
Sonny was a member and past master of Rising Virtue Lodge #10 of Bangor. He was the blood chairman, secretary of the lodge and Past Grand Senior Deacon of the lodge for many years. Sonny was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Bangor and Maine Consistory of Portland. He received the Meritorious Service Award in 1985 and was Coronated a 33rd degree mason in Michigan in 1989. Sonny received the Simon Greenleaf Medal from the Grand Lodge of Maine. He was the Past High Priest of the Mt. Mariah Chapter, Past 3. Master of Bangor Council and also member of the Red Cross of Constantine.
Sonny was active in the United Way and received the President Award for outstanding service. He was past chairman of the Salvation Army and MSgt in the ME National Guard.
Sonny is survived by his loving daughters, Donna F. Rolland and her husband, John H. Rolland of Orrington, Lorrie A. Buzzell and her husband, Rodney Buzzell of Hampden and Carole L. Dowling and her husband, Bruce Dowling of Holden. He was a fun and loving grandfather. He was known as “Fritty” to his grandchildren, great grandchildren and many others. If you were to ask any one of them “Who was No. 1?”…. They would point directly at their Fritty… everytime… as trained. He would always have extra large candy bars and treats for the children on his road for Halloween. Sonny will be fondly remembered for wiggling of his ears, and “if you are ever at the lake, drop in.”
The family would like to thank his cribbage buddy and friend, Bob Dion for his faithful, weekly visits, as well as Beacon Hospice, especially, Rex and Heidi.
A private graveside service will be held at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor.
Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Shrine Hospital for Children, C/O Anah Shrine Center, 1404 Broadway, Bangor, ME. 04401.
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