SPRINGFIELD, MA - Whitney Philip Crafts, 60, a resident of Springfield, died Sunday, October 30, at Bay State Medical Center. Whitney was born in Pensacola, FL, on October 16, 1962, the son of Philip W. and Margaret (Whitney) Crafts. He attended Hopkinton High School in Hopkinton. He was smart as a whip but was not much for school. He became an auto mechanic directly out of school and had a strong following of garages who were always looking for his services. In his early years he was a motor sports fanatic; he did four-wheeling, motocross, and snowmobiling. Whitney was very social with lots of friends.
After a few years he tried his hand at home building and loved carpentry. He used to say that when he gave people a nice place to live, they loved his work and always wanted more. He said that when he fixed somebody’s car, they were always mad because it cost so much. After framing homes Whitney apprenticed with his boss and friend Glen Sisco to become an interior trim carpenter. He spent the remaining work years with his own business trimming high-end homes in the Framingham and Boston area. Whitney’s final job was remodeling his mother’s retirement home in Springfield. He was the driver and helper for his mother until he died.
Whitney is survived by his mother Margaret Crafts, brother Douglas Crafts, and daughter Ananda Anderson; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Philip Crafts, partner Lori Anderson, and sisters Daryl Iannetteli and Debbie Crafts.
Graveside funeral services for Whitney will be held Saturday, November 12, at 11 am in Mountain View Cemetery in West Dover, VT.