Thomas S. Bancroft

April 1, 1928August 20, 2012

Thomas S. Bancroft, 84, of North Dartmouth, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital following a brief illness. He was the husband of Eileen M. (Blanchard) Bancroft with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Henry C. and Evelyn H. (Sparling) Bancroft, he was raised in New Bedford and resided in Dartmouth for the past 52 years.

Mr. Bancroft received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New Bedford Institute of Technology, class of 1960, and was a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts. He was a United States Navy Veteran having served during the Korean War.

He was an employee of the Acushnet Company Rubber Division holding various positions from 1960 until he retired in 1993 as Head of Research and Development. He was also a local businessman as part owner of Mendell Electric Supply Company.

Tom was a lifelong sailor and always available to lend a helping hand to someone in need.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Stephen P. Bancroft and his wife Carol of Seabeck, WA, Kathleen A. Bancroft of Dartmouth and Christine M. Gruner and her husband Oliver of Franklin, MA; his grandchildren, Thomas and Shannon Bancroft, Elizabeth Wainio, Lisa, Megan and Tricia Lemieux, Lucas and Lyndon Gruner; his great-grandchildren, Cameron, Cody, Sheridan and Collin Bancroft, Remington Lolly and Phoebe Wainio; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late William C. Bancroft.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 8:30am from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth followed by a funeral mass at 9:30am at St. Julie Billiart Church, 494 Slocum Rd, Dartmouth. Visiting hours Friday 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Burial in South Dartmouth Cemetery.



  • Visiting Hours Friday, August 24, 2012
  • Visiting Hours Friday, August 24, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 25, 2012


  • Burial

Thomas S. Bancroft

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August 29, 2012

Please accept our deepest sympathy to the Bancroft family, our prayers are with you.

Natalie & Michael Roderick

Tony and Dottie Macedo

August 26, 2012

Please know that are prayers are for the entire family....Sorry I couldn't be at your side during this time of sorrow....he has gone to a wonderful place awaiting all of us someday. He was a terrific boss if Tony could only speak he would say this himself. May God give you peace in the days ahead.

August 25, 2012

Tom we love you now as before; we couldn't have asked for a better friend.
Love, Terry & Bob

Heather, Jamie, and Damon White

August 25, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family, what a great man to have known, he will be missed tremendously.... May he rest in piece.

Jim&Cindy Bowen

August 25, 2012

Although we are not there for his funeral, please know that our thoughts and prayers have been with you all since Tom's heart attack. He has always been there for our family and his strength, wisdom and compassion, have been a great example to all of us. He'll be deeply missed. To have known him and have him as an Uncle was one of life's blessing. We will cherish his memory forever. Rest in peace Uncle Tommy!


August 24, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Mario & Deb Marques

August 24, 2012

Kathy, our sincere condolences to you and your family. You know your dad is in a much better place and you will see him again one day. God bless you and if you need anything, please let us know.

Lindsey Shannon and Collin Bancroft

August 24, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I am deeply saddened but grateful at the same time that Gramp is no longer suffering. I am so glad I got to meet you Gramp! We have wonderful memories we will Cherrish forever. May you rest in peace!

Brenda Sutton

August 24, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this wonderful man. God Bless,
Brenda Sutton

August 23, 2012

Although we can't be with you while you remember Uncle Tommy, you are all in our thoughts from afar.
Nicole and Chad