Michael Joseph Crocco Sr.

Died: Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

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Michael Joseph Crocco, Sr., 70, of Hyde Park, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020 at home with his loving family by his side. His passing leaves a hole in the lives of those who knew and loved him. He leaves behind his wife of nearly 50 years, Enga Ross Crocco of Hyde Park, son Toby Crocco and wife Stacey of Hyde Park, son Michael Joseph Crocco, Jr. and partner Janine Galli of Millbrook along with six grandchildren, Cassidy, Caden, Bailee, Calvin, Carmela and Liliana.  He adored his grandchildren and they adored their Poppy. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and cousins all who loved him dearly. His family meant the world to him. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred G. Crocco and Jean Marie Marello Crocco, his brothers Alfred D. Crocco and Anthony P. Crocco and sisters Theresa I. Crocco (infant) and Joann M. Crocco.

Michael led a good life and had a peaceful death but the transition was a fight. He was clear-eyed about death, torn between leaving his wife, sons and grandchildren but content that the legacy he created would continue on through them.  And for the record, he did not lose his battle with cancer. When he died, the cancer died, so technically it was a tie.

A proud son of Poughkeepsie, Michael attended city schools and was a 1968 graduate of Poughkeepsie High School. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving his country proudly fighting the WAR in Viet Nam. He would never refer to ‘Nam as a “conflict”.

Michael spent 36 years working for the railroad, first with New York Central and then Metro North on the Hudson Line mostly at the Croton-Harmon station Maintenance Shop where he spent a career that spawned a thousand stories that became lore told a thousand times over.

Michael loved the game of baseball. He played baseball throughout his youth and then slow and fast pitch softball as an adult where many a summer day and night were spent on a ballfield. He truly loved the game and the camaraderie of a team.

In retirement he loved golfing, fishing, traveling with his beloved Enga, rooting on the New York Yankees, spending time with those he loved and talking to anyone, anywhere, anytime. There wasn’t a place, on God’s green earth, he could go where he didn’t bump into someone he knew or make a new friend before he left. He liked to shoot the shit.

He was a lifetime member and former quartermaster of the Vail-Wolff, McKenna-Frye V.F.W. Post 170, the American Legion and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

In remembrance of him, please go spend time with your loved ones and tell them that you love them, help someone in need, fart in a supermarket aisle and blame it on your kid, tell a dirty joke and laugh heartily or just be an all-around badass. Courage and humor at unlikely moments were crucial to his inimitable personality.

Per his request, cremation will take place. No services will be held at this time. A memorial to honor him will be held at a later date. To leave an expression of sympathy please visit: www.darrowfuneralhome.org

If you would like to make a donation in honor of him please consider a donation to any of the following:

Hudson Valley Hospice: www.hvhospice.org

Wounded Warrior Project: www.support.woundedwarriorproject.com

V.F.W. Vail-Wolff, McKenna-Frye Post 170, 1 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601

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joseph s. angelo
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
rip mikey, an old old friend. a brother nam veteran. i will miss seeing him in the halls of castle point. your father and husband was a man among men. my deepest sympathies to you all. joe angelo

Jerry Joyce
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
So long my old friend. RIP

Tony Irk
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Sorry for your loss Enga, Joann and the rest of the family at these trying times.
Sincerly Tony Irk.

Louis S. Fusaro
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
I was glad to have you as a friend and fellow Marine. We had a great time at my house for the 244th Anniversary of the Marine Corps. You will be missed at the next one. Semper Fi

Rev.Dr. William(Danky)Wright
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Mike and I grew up together in down town Poughkeepsie. He was a lifelong friend and will be remembered for his kind heart and fierce competitive spirit. Condolences to his wife and family from my family.

Elaine & Robert DeMarco
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Dear Enga Our deepest condolences in the loss of Mike May he Rest In Peace.27

Scott Burgin
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Toby & Mike,

I was deeply saddened by the news of your father's passing. In times like this, let the memories and all that you shared together bring you comfort. My thoughts are with you and your family.


barbara and van ritshie
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Dear Toby and family...Sorry to hear of your dad's passing..I know how much you loved and respected him...A good son you certainly were. May you , your mom and family find peace at this sorrowful time.

   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
To the Crocco family, Mikey as I called him, will be missed by all. My deepest condolences to his wife and family. He truly was a fantastic guy.
Pete & Joanne LoPresti

Kevin Fouhy
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Hey Mike, R.I.P. my Friend, God Bless. We were High school friends, on and off, and in later years reunited at Metro North in Harmon. You are one of the greatest Americans I know, who proudly served in Viet Nam, always a joy to talk with, and surely will be missed.

Frank Lasko
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Enga and family - I was stunned and saddened to hear of Mike's passing. In all the years I've bowled in our league, I've never known a nicer or friendlier guy. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Peter Gobbelet
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Hello Enga, So sorry about the loss to you & your family. Mike and I first met in 2010 @ VA Castle Point. We were both the original members of Vietnam Vets group that began Jan. 2010. He will be sorely missed @ group by all members and staff. Sincerely, Peter

Butch Reilly
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Enga, I am sorry to hear about Mike passing. I always enjoyed our talks an the bowling alley. My sympathy to you and your family. I am sure he is already telling stories to new friends in heaven . RIP my brother.

   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Enga, There are no words to express how Mike's family has meant to me and my family over the many years of our lives. The times shared on and off the field; including all the wins and losses especially in this game of life. Mike always greeted me as a brother, long before I myself enlisted.May God's Love comfort you and your loved ones during this period. Remembering we will all be with our loved ones as promised. OoohhRahhh!
Simon Durmiaki's Family and Friends.

Rick Jackson
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Rest In Peace Mikey.

We grew up together downtown, had a buch of fun at the Columbus school play ground where we would play 3 man Spaulding baseball. We were close enough to home so when our moms yelled to get home for dinner we could hear them. Always looked forward to seeing Mike on the Walkway during the summer. One of the most reliable friends a man coud ask for, I was proud to know him.

I offer you my deepest sympathiesans I'm sure you know MIKEY will always be with you. GOD Bless you all.

Mimo & Susan Naitza
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Enga, we were so shocked and so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a great neighbor to us on West Cedar Street. I will miss his postings on FB of your beautiful grandchildren. May the Lord give you strength to go forward with the memories you will hold in your heart forever. May he RIP.

Ellie and Les Dutt
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Inga, we have no words to express our sympathy, Mike was an exceptional person, for the short time we knew him which seems like he was an old friend..his caring heart will forever be remembered..to you and your family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad, sad time..he will live in your hearts forever..
God Bless him!! Rest in peace Mike!

Jim Viggiano
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
The world has lost a great man. Rest in peace my friend..

Nick Abrams
   Posted Sun March 29, 2020
Enga, my condolences to you and your extended family. I initially met Mike when I went to work for Metro North. He was 1 in a million for both help and frivolity. He will be missed by many who knew him. I can actually say in the 20 years I knew him, I never met a person who didn’t like him or that he didn’t like.

Andrew Metrando
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Enga and the entire Crocco family. My most sincere condolences on the passing of Michael. He was such good people,always good to see him. Always had a great smile and always put one on my face. He will always be remembered. My deepest sympathy,May he rest in peace!

Mike Gerhart
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the entire Crocco family. I played in the golf league at College Hill with Mike. I always enjoyed play a round with him and meeting at the Pirate Canoe Club for a beer and food night. I'll miss him but will be thinking of Mike when we tee off this year!
Thank you for your Service Mike Crocco! RIP

Carmine Pagano
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Rest in Peace Mike, a true gentleman.

Jane Forrest
   Posted Wed April 01, 2020
Enga, I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Mike will be missed at the bowling alley on Mondays. You both were a really sweet couple. May God bless you all. RIP Mike!

Richard McHugh
   Posted Fri April 03, 2020
Enga, I am praying for your husband, and the family. We worked for a few years at KMart in the South Hills Mall. I knew your husband through his athletic pursuits. Peace!

Eugene Sers
   Posted Wed April 08, 2020
Good memories of him from the RR

Frank Johnson
   Posted Wed October 07, 2020
I once broke bread with Mike and Enga at a restaurant on the Hudson River, I will never forget that evening and I will never forget Mike. Rest in peace my friend.

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