Newburyport, MA — David Clifford Crocker, 72, of Newburyport, died on Sunday evening, November 10, 2013, at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in New Haven, Conn., on December 24, 1940, he was the son of the late Clifford and Mildred (Martinez) Crocker. He was a graduate from Providence College.
As a proud veteran, David served with the U.S.Marine Corps for a total of almost seven years, honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on November 1, 1965.
A self-made businessman, he thrived on being a lifelong restaurateur. Mr. Crocker owned several of his own restaurants, and had also been a vice president and general manager of Bull & Finch Pub, also known as Cheers in Boston, having appeared in several TV episodes of Cheers.
Although the restaurant business consumed much of his time, he was a devoted family man and treasured every minute spent with his family and friends.
His family members include his beloved wife, Marguerite (Swift) DuBosque of Newburyport; two sons, Dale L. Crocker and wife, Lisa, of Ellington, Conn., and Jared F. Crocker and wife, Nicki, of Wellington, Fla.; two daughters, Kristin Marshall and husband, Doug, of Naples, Fla., and Jenna Crocker of Atlanta, Ga.; a stepson, Geoffrey DuBosque of Portsmouth, N.H.; stepdaughter, Lauren Kelleher of Salem; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Norma Pearce and husband of New Mexico; and many dear friends and colleagues.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be at the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, on Thursday, November 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services at the funeral home will be on Friday, at 11 a.m., followed by interment in the Veterans’ Section of Old Hill Cemetery in Newburyport.
The family kindly requests that flowers be omitted, instead, donations in his memory may be made to the Fisher House, V.A. Boston Healthcare Center, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury MA 02131.