William G. “Bill” Crenson
March 26, 1932 – April 28, 2021
Survived by loving wife of 61 years, Carolyn Crenson; son, William Crenson (Mary Jane) of Enfield, NH; daughter, Julie Fritz (Lance) of Omaha; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Richard Crenson; and sister, Jeannette Kaufman.
SERVICE: Monday, May 10th at 11am at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. INTERMENT with Military Honors: Omaha National Cemetery at 2PM. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Community Foundation-Pacific Springs Community Fund.
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William “Bill” Crenson was born on March 26, 1932 in the Bronx, NY. He was the son of Gus and Lilian Crenson, one of ten children. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1950, where he excelled in academics and sports, particularly football – earning him a 2016 induction into the Harrison High School Athletic Hall of Fame as a player and beloved coach. Following graduation, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. While there, he was the captain of the Trinity Bantams football team, lettered all four years, and was selected for All New England and All Little America football honors. He is still recognized as the only Trinity player to score a touchdown on offense, defense, and special teams in one game!
Bill served in the US Air Force in Guam from 1954-1957. He then earned master’s degrees from both Columbia University (NY) and Fairfield University (CT). He married his dear Carolyn (Norman) on April 9, 1960 in Rye, NY, where they lived for 26 years and raised their two children, Julie and Wim.
He had a 30 year career as a NY state educator and administrator. Upon retirement in 1986, he and Carolyn immediately segued into the role of innkeepers in Plymouth, NH, where he came under Carolyn’s strict rules: no golf until the “terlets” were cleaned. His dedication to detail earned him the “golden toilet” award from Mr. Smith and his friends (a close golf, ski, and party group).
His next career brought him to UNH Plymouth, where he joined the mathematics department as a part-time professor. He filled the rest of his time volunteering as a home builder for Habitat for Humanity and connecting with others as a hospice volunteer.
In 1998, Bill and Carolyn exchanged the New Hampshire winters for the golf courses in Pinehurst, NC, where Bill could golf six days a week plus Sunday afternoons. They later realized a wonderful move to Omaha, NE in May 2017 to be closer to family. He treasured the next four years of being close to his Omaha family and his many new friendships.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Carolyn; son William Crenson (Mary Jane); daughter Julie Fritz (Lance); grandchildren Elizabeth and Torrie Crenson, Cate Crenson Brady (Tim), Victoria and Marshall Fritz, Johanna Acito Hickey (Terry), and Jake Acito; great grandchild Louise Brady; brother Richard Crenson; sister Jeannette Kaufman; and many nieces and nephews. He loved his family most of all and cherished his connection to his grandchildren. His other loves included football, golf, tennis, long walks, challenging ski trails, crossword puzzles, KenKen and his daily New York Times.
Bill, Dad, Grandpa – you will be greatly missed.