Industry Mourns UniFirst President and CEO Ronald D. Croatti

Ronald D. Croatti, 74, of Londonderry, NH, died Tuesday May 23, 2017, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.  He was born in Boston, MA, on April 20, 1943, a son of the late Aldo Croatti and Alba (Bolognesi) Olney. He loved cars, trains and his beloved dog Bella. Above all else, family was the most important part of his life. Mr. Croatti was the current CEO of UniFirst Corporation in Wilmington, MA, home to his second “family,” where he loved and cared deeply for everyone who worked there, knowing the names and faces of countless employee Team Partners at every one of UniFirst’s 240 locations throughout North America and abroad.
Mr. Croatti was a visionary and business leader who helped mold the uniform service and supply industry into what it is today, taking UniFirst from $100 million in annual revenues when he took over leadership of the company, to $1.5 billion at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Croatti, of Londonderry; three sons, Aldo of Coral Springs, FL, Michael of Pelham, NH, and Matthew of Winchester, MA; one daughter, Melissa (Croatti) O'Rourke of Hudson, NH; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Cynthia Croatti of Boston, MA, and Mona Levenstein of Ontario, Canada; one brother, Fred Croatti of Port Orange, FL; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, NH.  Private graveside services will be held by the family at Pillsbury Cemetery in Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of NH at the following web address:, or by mail to 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA, 02451. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit,

About UniFirst Corporation
Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products, and with 240 service locations, 300,000 customer locations, and 13,000 employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. UniFirst is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UNF and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 600 Small Cap Index.