William Henry Craft, Sr., 92, of Whiting, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born in Newark, he lived in Edison, Branchburg and Sneads Ferry, NC before moving to Whiting in 2000. William was a chemist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ for 30 years and holds multiple patents at Bell Labs. He was a technician for Telstar Satellite and was featured in National Geographic Magazine. He was a fireman in Edison and a volunteer at Somerset Medical Center. He was a member of the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society. While living in Sneads Ferry, NC, he was a member of the Lions Club and Ragged Point Yacht Club. William was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Whiting.
William was predeceased by his beloved wife of 51 years, Julia Anna Craft in 2006 and his brother, Warren W. Craft. He is survived by one son, William Henry Craft, Jr. and his wife, Tina of Wernersville, PA, two daughters, Theresa L. Craft of Hillsborough, NJ and Cynthia Magalio and her husband, William of Flemington, NJ; His companion for the last 12 years, Ines Press; one brother, Thomas Craft and his wife, Margaret of Barnegat, NJ; two sisters, Mary Lou Waldron of Edison, NJ and Catherine Adam of New Egypt, NJ; two grandchildren, Amber Gant and her husband, Stacen of Chantilly, VA and Crina Magalio and two great-grandchildren, Keeli and Maddox Gant.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, Feb. 21st from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at Manchester Memorial Funeral Home, 28 Schoolhouse Road, Whiting. A Memorial Mass will be offered Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 10:45 a.m. at the All Saints Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Whiting. Entombment of cremated remains will follow at the chapel. Donations to the American Heart Association and Blood Donations in William’s memory would be greatly appreciated by his family.
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