Obituaries & Death Notices
Published:Mar 25, 2014
Event Date:Mar 23, 2014
CROFT, Bob March 17, 1946 - March 23, 2014 Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Carpenter Hospice on March 23, 2014, at the age of 68. A much beloved and loving partner and best friend of Jean Bennie, his daughter Debbie Croft, son Rob Croft and granddaughter Emma. Dear brother of Wilma (Paul) Jeppesen, Arlene (the late Bob) Swenor, and Peter (Nora) Croft and Uncle Robbie to many nieces and nephews and their children. Predeceased by his mother Marjorie and father Bill, his sister Jean Nilson and brother Bill "Sonny." A star basketball player at Hill Park Secondary School, Bob still holds the record of 62 points scored in a championship game played against Delta, at McMaster University. He played for the National team when he was in grade 11. Bob was the first Canadian to be offered an American Scholarship to a Major Division 1 Basketball University at Tennessee, where he became captain of the team in his fourth year. He was recently named among the top 100 players who ever played at Tennessee. Bob was touted to be the first Canadian destined to be all American and was regarded by some as the top pro prospect in the USA. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1970 NBA draft. Bob played in the A.B.A. for the Kentucky Colonels and the Texas Chaparrals during the 1970-1971 Season. He worked in Dofasco for close to 30 years. On retirement, he returned to the Hamilton Basketball Community and shared his considerable knowledge and skills, working with boy's high school and university teams. Cremation has taken place and visitation will be at the M.A. CLARK & SONS FUNERAL HOME (567 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton) on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment will take place later on in the spring. Donations to the Carpenter Hospice, in lieu of flowers, would be appreciated by the family.
Category: Obituaries & Death Notices
Newspaper(s): Hamilton Spectator
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