Thomas Lee “Tommy” Barcroft, 87, of Hardy, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. He was born at home in 1933 in London Bridge, Va., one of eight children born to the late Fred and Lillie Barcroft. He attended Oceana High School and later joined the Coast Guard, serving from 1951 through 1955, and honorably discharged. He became an airline mechanic in 1968, working for National, ,Pan Am, Piedmont, and USAir, retiring in 1998 at age 65. He went back to work for another 10 years as a helicopter mechanic with Summit Helicopters. Aside from being a talented mechanic, he enjoyed carpentry, yard work, Tinkering in his garage and driving his riding lawn mower. He enjoyed attending church and was a member of White Rock Baptist Church in Hardy, and loved his little buddy, Wahoo, a dachshund that spent many days napping with him in his favorite chair. Tommy met the love of his life, Sharon Barcroft at age 20 but didn’t marry her until years later on December 30, 1969.
He was predeceased by his; wife, Sharon Barcroft; son, Robert Widgeon; brothers, Lloyd, Walter and Fred Barcroft, and sister, Louise Pownall.
Aside from helping raise numerous nieces and nephews as a young man, he had one daughter, Amy Maddy, and son, Robert Widgeon. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Tom Maddy; grandchildren, Josh Parks, Will Maddy, Megan Maddy, and Emily Widgeon; sisters, Beverly Weaver, Shirley Cahoon, and Elizabeth Tolson, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he adored. Tommy was a selfless, strong, brave, generous, quiet, and loving man who always made sure to check on everyone he knew with a weekly call just to say hello.
A celebration of his life will be at 3:00 PM on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the Lotz Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Pastor Glen Stinnett officiating. Interment will follow in White Rock Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Online condolences and a live webcast of the service may be found at www.lotzfuneralhomevinton.com
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