Douglas Cropper

Douglas Cropper

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Douglas L. Cropper

Douglas L. Cropper, 91, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Born March 17, 1929 in New York City, he was the son of the former LeRoy and Annie Cropper of Suffern, NY.

After serving as an MP with the 76th Infantry Division, Douglas was given an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army Reserves. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Lawrence University and spent 34 years as an East Syracuse Minoa High School guidance counselor before retiring in 1991.

An avid ham radio operator (KC2YW), he also enjoyed model trains, belonged to the Knights of Columbus in East Syracuse, was a volunteer driver for FISH (Friends in Service Here), and enjoyed hiking in the high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. Douglas was also a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville.

Surviving are his wife since February, 1950, Maureen; daughter, Mary Ann Cropper of Scottsdale, AZ; sons, Douglas C. (Peggy Alt) Cropper of Philmont, NY, Richard M. (Claudia) Cropper of Bracey, VA, James D. Cropper (Susan) of Black Mountain, NC; brother, Wallace J. Cropper of Anna Maria, FL; grandchildren, Daniel Cropper, Erin Roberts, Zachary Cropper-Alt, Jessica Cropper-Alt, Andrew Rosen; great-grandchildren, Caelan Roberts, Bridget Roberts, Lorelei Roberts, Liam Cropper, Chase Cropper-Alt, Drake Cropper-Alt; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday at Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs Street, Fayetteville. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt.

Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, 1654 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse, NY 13204

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    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Church, Fayetteville
    400 Salt Springs Street
    Fayetteville, New York
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    Friday, November 20th, 2020

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JoAnn Billy

To my “old” neighbors and friends - Acton St. was an awesome place to grow up! We had stable/loving / caring parents showing us the way. You don’t realize that until you’re an adult ! And our parents were friends with everyone in the hood. We are so very sorry for the loss of your Dad ! Dave and I send our heartfelt condolences. Fremont Hill rocks and the memories are forever! Take care - our best to all of you
Jo and Dave
Comment | Posted at 05:40pm via Condolence

Jim Cropper

Thank you JoAnn & Dave... Sooooo many fond memories with you both through the years of our youth. Indeed we were all blessed with phenomenal parents in a great neighborhood! All the best to both of you.
Posted at 08:26pm

Dave Padrick

To Maureen and family,
It is with a heavy heart that I extend my deepest sympathies to you, and saying that I am sorry for your loss is a monumental understatement. Doug was a wonderful man and a fine example of a good husband and father. In fact, he was the epitome of what men should strive to be. His legacy of kindness and understanding lives on in his children and grandchildren, and he has left an indelible mark on those of us who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace.
Dave Padrick
Comment | Posted at 07:26pm via Condolence

Jim Cropper

Thanks Dave. Your kind words, thoughts and prayers are genuinely appreciated.
Posted at 08:28pm

Paul Powers

Growing up, being a teenager in a big high school, was difficult. Mr. Cropper was my safe place. I knew I could always talk to him. And his words still ring true.. You're going to be OK! His guidance, and understanding of myself, my family.. Was paramount to my graduating. Thank you, Mr. Cropper. God bless and keep you. You are missed.
Comment | Posted at 07:14pm via Condolence

Jim Cropper

Thank you for sharing Paul. Dad was a blessing to so many with his compassionate caring for all. Us Cropper kids were incredibly blessed to be raised by such a loving, caring, considerate man. God bless you and yours...
Posted at 08:34pm

Tom Krick

Jim, so sorry to see news of your father's passing. My condolences to you and your family.
Comment | Posted at 07:06pm via Condolence

Jim Cropper

Thanks Tom. I appreciate you reaching out during this tough time. I remember ‘our old gang’ often with many happy memories. All the best to you and the whole gang!
Posted at 08:43pm

Patrick Azzara

Dear Aunt Maureen, So sorry to hear about Uncle Doug. Love and Prayers Patrick
Comment | Posted at 05:57pm via Condolence

Jim Cropper

Thanks for thinking of Mom and all of us at this difficult time. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.
Posted at 08:44pm

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