Richard A. Crocker of Forestdale, a 12th-generation Cape Codder, died September 10 at the age of 83.
He was the son of Alvan and Elsie Crocker. His mother was postmaster in Forestdale from 1971 to 1977. His father served at the town dump, keeping it tidy with his bulldozer. He had a blue-and-white sign over the grille of his dump truck that read: “Alvan Crocker, The Tractor Hobbyist, 50 Years in the Dump.”
Richard Crocker's paternal grandfather was Laban P. Crocker, who drove wells and installed water systems around Sandwich, and had his own windmill.
Mr. Crocker graduated from the Henry T. Wing School in Sandwich in 1956 and from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1960.
His career would take him sailing around the world as a merchant marine engineer working for various shipping companies for 38 years. He also founded a business in 1963 with his brother, James Crocker: the Crocker Bros. Trucking Company.
He and Patricia Crosby of Sagamore wed in 1964, and this year celebrated 57 years of marriage. The Crockers built their home on Snake Pond in Forestdale, where they raised their three sons, Rick, Craig and Matt. He and his wife spent their winters in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Mr. Crocker was known as a hard-working man and also for his dry wit. He enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, gardening, softball, horseshoes and Boston sports.
In addition to his wife and their sons, he leaves his sister, Constance Carr; nine grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his brother.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, September 16, from 4 to 8 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A in Sandwich.
A graveside funeral service will be Friday, September 17, at 11 AM at Sandwich Town Cemetery, Route 130 in Forestdale.