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Allen Jackson Croft, Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On May 11, 2005 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 16 Comments

Allen Jackson Croft, Jr., died Wednesday, May 11 in Durham. He was 46 years old.

Allen was born in Beckley, W.V. and attended West Virginia Tech, where he received a bachelor


Condolences for the family of “Allen Jackson Croft, Jr.”

Condolence from Craig A Mitchell on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

I’m sorry for your loss. Allen was a well like and respected member of a group of friends that goes back to the mid-80s. He was easy going and pleasant to work and talk with…. He will be missed. Sincerely

Condolence from Pam Benson on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

To Allen’s family: I wanted to tell you how deeply saddened we are and that Allen will be missed by many, many people. I only worked with him a short time, but he was a very pleasant person and I wish I got to know him better.

Condolence from Dave Maney on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

Allen was one of the finest people that I had the honor to work with in 30 yeras of IBM, he will be missed.

Condolence from Steve Monroe on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

Dear June and Family members, you have my deepest sympathy. I know that losing Allen is the most tragic event is your life. I want you to know that you are all in my prayers. Allen was a great colleague, and a truely great man. I really enjoyed traveling up to UVA footballs games with him in the past, something I will always remember. I’m available if you ever need anything, or simply just want to talk. Sincerely, Steve Monroe

Condolence from Leesa Payne on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

I worked with Allen at IBM and sat in the office next door up until about a month ago. I just want you to know that I’m praying for you, his loving family.

Prayerfully,

Leesa Payne

Condolence from Jeff and Linda Weiner on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

Allen will be missed greatly. See our entry in the regular card from IBM.

Condolence from Betsy Autry on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

Dear June and family members: I worked with Allen for 16 years, and he was by far the nicest and sharpest colleague that I have known. We, at IBM, will miss him deeply. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Lex Renda on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

Dear June and family,

I want to offer you my sincere condolences for the loss of Allen. I am so shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. Allen and I went to grad school in Virginia and we kept in touch over the years. He was one of the finest, most easy-going people I have ever known, and he will be missed dearly.

Condolence from Bill Hampel on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

I miss Allen every day. I miss him professionally — I miss his ability, his never-flustered demeanor, his willingness to help everyone without complaint. But I miss him even more as a person. People come and go in all of our lives – some we remember, some we forget. I will not forget Allen. My deepest sympathies to family and friends alike who share that loss in thousands of more personal and intimate ways.

Condolence from Denise Heflin on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

I am totally in shock to hear of Allen’s passing, as I’m sure we all are. I will keep his family in my prayers. Allen and I worked together in development for close to 10 years. He was intelligent, thoughtful, and respected. He will be greatly missed at work as well as in his personal circles. I hadn’t seen Allen in the last several years because I have been away in graduate school. I am sorry that I did not get the chance to see him since my return to Durham in December. Please call on me if there is anything that I can help with. I also have boxers… and would be happy to help with caring for the dogs if needed. 919-414-2164.

Condolence from George Gonda on May 13th, 2005 12:00 am

Dear June and family members, I knew and worked with Allen for
thirteen years. I am heart-broken by his passing. Out of all
the people I have met in my lifetime, Allen was one of the
kindest and nicest persons I have ever known. He always lent
a hand and expected nothing in return. He will be sorely
missed. He was a wonderful Human Being: if the world consisted
only of people like Allen, there would be no wars, only Peace
and understanding.

Condolence from Ken Long on May 14th, 2005 12:00 am

Dear June and other family members,
In the past few years that I’ve known and worked with Allen at IBM, he was always willing to lend a hand or to share his vast knowledge and expertise. He was very well respected, always offered a smile, with a kind word to say. He also had a great sense of humor.
For all these reasons, I will miss him deeply. My condolences to you all.

Ken Long

Condolence from Joe Seaton on May 14th, 2005 12:00 am

Dear June and family of Allen,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Allen’s passing. I have met many people over the years at our company, but few have been so memorable as Allen. His dedication and committment were unsurpassed, but what I will remember most was his calmness and positive demeanor. When things became difficult and seemed to be caving in upon us, he was always available with a positive comment and a dose of his dry wit to move us foward.
And who will forget that genuine, kid-like excitement he expressed, donning his orange shirt on Fridays as he made plans for an upcoming Virginia football game. I can still see his smile.
It just will not be the same without him.

Condolence from Andrew Cook on May 14th, 2005 12:00 am

To all of Allen’s Family but most of all to Dearest June:
I’m truly unable to express the depth of my sorrow after learning of Allen’s passing. You all have my most heartfelt condolences.
I’ve known Allen since shortly after I joined IBM 16 years ago, worked with him closely for the first 10 years and have stayed in regular contact with him since. From playing volleyball with him on the “Frothing Dogs” … to attending many an ACC Football or Basketball game with him … from years of daily lunch-table discussions … to armchair analysis or good-natured back-and-forth on our more recent sports-oriented email group. Allen was someone whom I’ve spent enough time with to know that he was a man of the highest character and simply a fine, fine person.
June and Allen have together touched the lives of many friends over the years and I hope now that you know you all can lean on us to support you in your time of grief. I add my thoughts and prayers to the many others offered on your behalf. With deepest sympathy, Andrew Cook

Condolence from Ray and Marcia Hasbrouck on May 15th, 2005 12:00 am

This was a shock to us and our friends who knew/worked with Allen. We used to enjoy Allen’s company at the many gatherings our work group had. I recall a little “dance” he did to the tune of “Louie Louie”…. and I used to tease him about his desire to own a “Bouvier”. I tried to convince him it was a “girls” dog…. Many memories of a kind and gentle guy who will be missed by all. Sympathies and best wishes to the family…..

Condolence from Bob Risley on May 15th, 2005 12:00 am

There are no words that can adequately express the loss of a friend such as Allen. I have known Allen and worked with him for more than 20 years and I will miss him dearly. He was always very meticulous and one of his big thrills was when his compiles would work the first time through … that seldom happens. He was the type of programmer you always wanted to bounce ideas off of and he always was willing to think through tough problems with you.

“Big Al” dragged me to the BBQ Lodge to try his new favorite BBQ Sandwiches and hush puppies years ago and they have been one of my favorites ever since. We know where he is now the Hoos are the perennial NCAA champions and the Fla. St. defence is nothing more than a few gnats. We are gonna miss ya “Big Al”.

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