Robert J. Croteau, 31; Great
White was his favorite band
There was no bigger Great White
fan than Robert J. Croteau.
If you needed proof, you could
check out his album collection, every one signed by the band. Or look through
his collection of autographed memorabilia, including guitar picks, shirts and
dozens of concert tickets.
He was on a first-name basis
with the band members -- and even the lead singer's mother.
"He died doing something he
really loved," his mother, Judith, says.
Robert, 31, had been assaulted
and spent 4 1/2 months in a coma last year. To try to bring him out of it, his
family played Great White's songs in his hospital room. One album in
particular was being played a lot on the radio at the time. It was called
Recovery. When he woke up, all Robert wanted was to hear that album.
"I tried to get him to listen
to other bands, but he didn't want to hear it," says his brother Tommy.
Robert, who grew up in Fall
River and graduated from Durfee High, lived with his parents and Tommy. For
them, he was an amazing fix-it man and housekeeper in one, happy to clean and
arrange the house if anything was out of order.
"The way he collected stuff,
and cleaned and fixed everything. Things I couldn't be bothered with, he'd
do," Tommy says. And he was always excited, whether he was watching wrestling
or reruns of All in the Family. "He acted younger than he was. He was 31, but
he acted like he was 21," Tommy said.
Robert worked as a landscaper
for Barnes Tree Service in Rochester, Mass., and for Summit Grove Landscaping
in Dartmouth, Mass. In his free time, he visited residents at the Cardinal
Medeiros elder-care home in Fall River to watch television and play bingo.
"He was just a friendly guy,"
his mother says. "He liked everybody, and everybody liked him."
-- Daniel Barbarisi
Robert J. Croteau, 31;
arborist, sports enthusiast
A funeral Mass will be
celebrated Saturday morning for Robert J. Croteau, 31, of Tripp Street, Fall
River, Mass., an arborist and landscaper.
Born in Fall River, a son of
Harvey Croteau and Judith (Morango) Croteau, both of Fall River, he was a
lifelong resident of the city.
Mr. Croteau worked for Barnes
Tree Service in Rochester and for Summit Grove Landscaping in Dartmouth, Mass.
He was a sports enthusiast.
Besides his parents, he leaves
four brothers, Kevin and Thomas Croteau, both of Fall River, Michael Croteau
of Waltham, Mass., and Russell Croteau of Tiverton; his maternal grandmother,
Delia Morango of Fall River; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be held
Saturday at 9 a.m. from Auclair Funeral Home, 690 South Main St., Fall River,
with a funeral Mass at 10 in Notre Dame Church, Eastern Avenue, Fall River.
Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River.
Source - Providence Journal