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August 25, 2011

John “Jack” W. Crawford of White Lake, NY, died suddenly August 17, 2011 in Bethel, NY. He was 72.

He was born June 24, 1939 in Monticello, NY to Mary Mulvey Crawford and the late Donald C. Crawford.

Jack graduated from Monticello High School in 1957. He was in the Army Reserves and attended Orange County Community College. He worked for the New York Telephone Company, retiring after more than 30 years. He was a Monticello Volunteer Fireman, a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and a former member of the Lion’s Club. As a proud Irishman, he marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC.

In his youth, he enjoyed racing cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and speedboats. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; a Boy Scout camp counselor; and won many bass fishing trophies in the Northeast. In retirement, Jack became a world traveler. Jack adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and shared his love of the outdoors with them.

He is survived by his wife, Carmen T. Crawford of White Lake; his mother of White Lake; sister Patricia and husband Walter Taylor of Monticello; children Lizabeth Crawford Marshall and husband Scott and their children Katherine and Elizabeth of Natick, MA, and Donald Crawford and wife Olga of Richmond, VA and granddaughter Amanda Crawford; two great-grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is also predeceased by his wife of 28 years, Angela Maria Crawford de Eusse y Hoyes; and son William Crawford.

A Memorial Mass was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Monticello on Monday, Aug. 22. Interment was private.

Donations may be sent to St. Anthony’s Church, 25 Beaverbrook Rd. Yulan, NY 12792; or the White Lake Fire Dept., PO Box 51, White Lake, NY 12786; or the Smallwood-Mongaup Valley Fire Dept., PO Box 28, Smallwood, NY 12778.