Stephen's Story

BAILEYVILLE - Stephen "Steve" Carl Croman, 69, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, May 28, 2016 surrounded by his family. Steve was born in Muncy, PA, son of the late Donald and Ruth (Sheets) Croman.

At the age of 3 his family moved to Maine and he graduated from Woodland High School, Class of 1965. Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a Green Beret with the 1st Special Forces Group HALO Team during the Vietnam War. Following his service, he returned home and earned his degree in Forestry in Fredericton, NB. On May 28, 1976, he married his love, Linda West. Steve worked for Georgia Pacific for 24 years, and then for Murray LaPlante and Sons until 2009, when he was forced to retire due to his illness. He was an avid outdoorsman and trapping was his passion. Steve was a member of the Maine Trappers Assoc., DownEast Trappers Assoc., National Professional Foresters, and was a Master Maine Guide. Steve couldn't wait until fall to go to his camp in Tomah to get his trapping line out before Rick Crowe! Although the outdoors was his life, his most cherished moments were those spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Ronald and Gary Croman; and his canine buddy Hunter. Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, Linda Croman of Baileyville; his daughter Stacey "Tus-n-Much" Connolly and her husband Glenn of Baileyville; two granddaughters, his trapping buddy Shelby "Shelboo" Connolly and her fiancé Mark Prenier of Baileyville, and his adventure buddy, Lily Connolly of Baileyville; a great-grandson, his "Best Buds", Stephen Prenier; a sister Ione Campbell and husband Don of Belgrade; sister-in-law Connie Croman of Baileyville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Skip and Joan West of Kelso, WA; many nieces and nephews; many memories with his nephews Dale, Jason, Craig, Wayne, Carl and Stephen; his two canine companions, Homer and Cody; and four feline companions, Aza, Poops, Kitten and Trouble.

A celebration of Stephen's life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Woodland Cemetery in Baileyville. Casual dress only or trapping attire optional. Following the service, a gathering will be held at the Princeton Rod & Gun Club. Donations in Stephen's memory may be made to either the Princeton Rod & Gun Club, PO Box 154, Princeton, ME 04668, or the DownEast Trappers Assoc. Scholarship Fund, c/o Rick Crowe, PO Box 727, Princeton, ME 04668. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com
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