Born in Brockton on September 8, 1937, son of the late Francis and Alice (Bussey) Creney, Francis graduated from Brockton High School in 1955. He joined the Navy in November, 1954 as a reserve at the Naval Air Station of South Weymouth and was assigned to blimp squadron ZP 911. After graduation, he requested active duty and was assigned to VC 12 (VAW 12) at Quonset Point, R.I., and was immediately detached to the U.S.S. Randolph CVA 15. He retired in July of 1975 as a Command Master Chief Petty Officer, with 21 years active duty.
Following retirement he went to work at Bird-Johnson Company, now Rolls Royce Marine, as service manager for the fluid power division. He retired in 1999. He was a member of Fleet Reserve Association for 50 years, the National Rifle Association, benevolent and life member, the Hanson Rod and Gun Club, Top 3 Retired Military Association, the Disabled American Veterans, where he was past commander of Chapter 57 in Taunton, and past commander of Chapter 36 in Middleboro, and was a member of the ANA Patriot Historical Museum at South Weymouth. He was a trustee of the Middleboro Veterans Memorial Park Committee, and was a member of the Middleboro Veterans Council, the Mitchell Memorial Club, the Middleboro Lodge of Elks #1274, and the U.S. Naval Institute.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Maureen Panarelli (Boudreault) Creney; seven children: Anne Marie France and her husband, Gary, of East Bridgewater, Cheryl Anne Connors and her husband, John, of Taunton, Francis Creney and his companion, Rosemary, of Martha’s Vineyard, Michael Creney and his wife, Terri, of Hingham, Gerard Boudreault and his wife, Carolyn, of North Weymouth, Kevin Creney and his wife, the late Sheila Solakoff Creney, Sean Creney and his wife, Jessica, of Gardner; two brothers, Edward Creney and his wife, Paulette, of Weeki-Wachee, Fla., Richard Creney of New Port Richey, Fla.; a sister, Maryellen Creney of Hyannis; 17 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter, and former wife, Maureen (Kelly) Creney. He was the brother of the late Philip Creney.
Funeral services will be held at the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St Middleboro at 9 am on Thursday, Oct. 16, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, 340 Centre St Middleboro, at 10 am. Burial with Military Honors will take place in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave, Bourne, at 12:45 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to: Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Multiple Sclerosis, 3119 Cranberry Highway, Suite 1, East Wareham, MA 02358.