William J. Croston, 76, Worked for Area Manufacturers

William J. Croston, 76, of Raymond, N.H., died Sunday, March 22, at Exeter Hospital following a brief illness. He was the husband of Cynthia Anne (Leavitt) Croston.

Born in Haverhill July 28, 1938, he was the son of the late William and Doris (Derenzo) Croston. He had attended Haverhill Trade School and had resided in Haverhill for many years before moving to Raymond in 1980.

Croston was employed at Foss Manufacturing, A.E.P. Plastics and Sanders Company for many years. He had also once worked at Nike Shoe Co. and Western Electric for several years. He loved to play golf and was an avid Boston sports fan.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, he is survived by five sons, William J. Croston and his wife, Sherri of Greenup, Ky., Richard Croston of South Portland, Maine., Kelly Croston and his wife, Lorna of Haverhill, Daniel Croston and his wife, Raeann of Fremont, N,H. and Sean Croston and his wife, Shaylee of Strafford, N.H.; 10 grandchildren, William Croston, Jr., Aimee Lynn Croston, Kyle Croston, Keith Zatzos, Samantha Croston, Katelyn Croston, Tyler Croston, Natalya Croston, Brayden Croston and Liam Croston; two great-grandchildren, Caden and Chloe Croston; three sisters, Diane Pearl and her husband, Richard, Patricia Khentigan and Barbara LaPlante and her husband Richard; four brothers-in-law, Daniel Leavitt and his wife, Denise, Michael Leavitt and his wife, Chris, Timothy Leavitt and Patrick Leavitt; a sister-in-law, Virginia Mitchell and her husband, Steve; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Sunday in the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be privately held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Cynthia Croston, c/o People’s United Bank, 55 Main St., Raymond, NH 03077.