On July 8, 2009, Joseph McCall Croker (Dr. Joe) went to rest with our Lord after a short battle with cancer. Dr. Joe was born in Glenn's Falls, N.Y. on Sept. 20, 1939. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Washington and Louise Croker; as well as two grandchildren, Mitchell Robert and Ross Joseph Eastley.
Dr. Joe is survived by his wife, Angie, and their four children: daughter, Rosemary Croker; son, Armando Croker (wife, Mariela); daughter Cindy Bassage (husband, Gordon); and son, Anthony Croker. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Brittany, Melanie, Cassandra, Kyle, Brody, Bryce, Jamie and Alexa; as well as brothers: Michael (Rose), Jim (Kim), Tim (Lynn), Steve and sister Mary Zehner.
Dr. Joe was a practicing chiropractic physician for 42 years. He received his education from Merrimack College, University of Pittsburgh, Texas Chiropractic College and the Lincoln Chiropractic College. He was the founder of The Institute of Applied Hypnosis. In 1986 he was selected to be included in "Who's Who in International Medicine." His many accomplishments, however, far exceded his life as a physician.
Joseph McCall Croker
He was a published author for his poetry as well as numerous books. Ironically enough, one of his books was on cancer. He was given the difficult task of explaining to his granddaughter, Melanie, that her mom was battling cancer. The reality of having to deal with this task was the motivation that created "Helping The Child Understand Cancer." For his poetry works he was included in the"Who's Who in American Poets" and an anthology of his work has been compiled and will be published in the near future.
In his original hometown of Reading, Mich., he was the school board president and was able to personally hand a diploma to each of his four children upon graduation. He unselfishly gave of his time and served as the athletic physician for all Hillsdale County School Systems. In his new hometown of Fort Myers Beach, he was the chairman of the Beach Chamber of Commerce in 1993. He continued to work closely with the chamber for many years to follow.
Dr. Joe will be deeply missed by his family, many friends and his parents. He has touched the lives of so many and his legacy will live on.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. The phone number is (239) 482-4673.
Memorial services were held Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Hope Hospice.