Willard Russell Prior-Crofoot

BLUE HILL—Willard Russell Prior-Crofoot, (Bill Crofoot), born April 7, 1923, in Stamford, Conn., son of Russell and Elsie Borgmann Prior-Crofoot, passed away Feb. 27, 2010, after a long illness.


Bill graduated from Stamford (Conn.) High School in 1941, completed an apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at Wright Tech and studied engineering. He followed his Uncle Harry Prior at Pitney Bowes where he was a tool and die maker, establishing the molded plastics division and then a quality control engineer traveling domestically and internationally for the postage meter company for over 40 years. From January 1943 to November 1945 he was in the Army Air Corps, serving in England, France, Belgium and Germany, receiving five battle stars in major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge. In 1963, he was a guest of Gen. de Gaulle at the Bastille Day Celebration and in May 2001 he was honored by the French government for participating in the liberation of France at the end of WWII. He was a wedding photographer in Fairfield and Westchester counties for major studios. He was a volunteer fireman for Springdale (Conn.) Fire Co. for 27 years and in retirement he did photography for the Blue Hill and Sedgwick fire departments. Bill was happiest at home in Blue Hill, fly fishing, hunting, sailing and spending winter vacations in Mexico. He volunteered at the Cole Museum in Bangor, was a troop greeter, a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers, Blue Hill Rifle Club, Ducks Unlimited, Union Salmon Club, Blue Hill Country Club and former member of K.Y.C.

Bill is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jan (Woods); his son, Douglas and wife, Susan; granddaughter, Emily of Stamford, Conn.; his daughter, Yvonne, husband, Gary Lash; granddaughter, Amy and grandson, Christopher, of Newport, R.I. Also, his sister, Elsie of Ridgefield, Conn.; his mother-in-law, Hilda P. Woods; and sister-in-law, Sandra Marriner of Blue Hill; nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Hancock County volunteers for their care and companionship over the years.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time and interment will be at the Maine Veterans’ Cemetery in May. Contributions in memory of Bill may be sent to the Peninsula Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 500, Blue Hill, ME 04614; Hospice of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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