2010-04-10 / Obituaries

John ‘Jock’ Croghan

John Croghan John Croghan John “Jock” Harris Croghan of Louisa, Virginia, passed away at his home February 17, 2010, at the age of 61. He was under hospice and family care during his lengthy illness.

Mr. Croghan was born in Washington, D.C., and spent his childhood between family homes in Alexandria, Virginia, and Mackinac Island.

He served in the Navy as a member of the White House Honor Guard, then pursued a longtime career in horsemanship. He studied horse management in Wyoming and English equitation in Maryland and Mexico and completed a course in horseshoeing and was a farrier for many years. He was a rider with a Lipizzaner Stallion show touring both the U.S. and Canada. His equestrian skills were unparalleled.

Mr. Croghan excelled in many sports, including weightlifting, running, and bicycle racing. He was a man of many talents who tackled incredibly large projects with an amazing fortitude and success, said his family, despite being visually impaired. He rebuilt car engines and refurbished the barn and floors of the Mackinac home on the West Bluff. With his sons, he built several large additions to their home in Virginia.

Jock Croghan spent most of his childhood and adult summers and several winters on Mackinac Island riding horses, driving carriages, and developing lifelong friendships. He considered the Island his true home and that the adventures he had here could never be matched. Whether golfing at Wawashkamo, guiding a caravan of carriages to Fort Holmes to set off rounds of fireworks for the Fourth of July, or heading to Bois Blanc by canoe or snowmobile, he loved sharing adventures with family and friends. Many of the Islanders considered him a good friend from their teen years onward, and his parties from those days are memorable for the wide variety of people he befriended and entertained. His generosity and kindness will long be remembered, said friends.

He leaves his wife, Beth, two sons, John Lloyd and Keith Harris Croghan, a granddaughter, Leah Rebecca Croghan, four sisters, Nicki, Melissa, Moira, and Maeve Croghan, and extended family members and friends.

A fund will be established in his honor to help support Wawashkamo Golf Club as a historic landmark and unique family gathering place. Contributions may be made in honor of John H. Croghan to the Wawashkamo Preservation Fund in care of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, PO Box 1933, Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757.

A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the golf course.

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