He was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Thomas Crofton and Nell (Louderback) Crofton.
John graduated high school and served his country in the United States Navy.
During his working years, he was a tile contractor and also worked for the Nassau County Bridge Authority.
On July 14, 1982, he married the love of his life, Ila. On Sept. 9, 2008, the renewed their vows, while John was hospitalized.
In his free time, he enjoyed playing cards, dominos, and just being together with friends and family. John loved the Lord and was a devoted member of the Christ Community Church and currently Grace Chapel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson Damon Crofton.
John is survived by his wife Ila, children Ila and John Balchaitis, Long Island, N.Y., Jackie Ann and Frank Balchaitis, Long Island, N.Y., Suanne and Nick Connolly, Long Island, N.Y., Lynda and Lon Petitt, Florida, and James Crofton and Elizabeth Dondero, grandchildren Kara Soto, California, Jim and Adriane Thomas, Arkansas, Megan Karver and husband Kenton, Jessica Ward and husband Mike, Chrissy Balchaitis and Luke Balchaitis, and great-grandchildren Kian Andre' Soto, Isabella Lee Soto and Mikey Ward.
Funeral services will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at French Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Rusell officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to services.
At the request of the deceased, cremation is scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk, Va., 23509. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.