One of Titusville's community icons known for his infectious smile and easygoing personality, Philip Almeron Crannell, Sr., 92, left us on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, after a prolonged battle with kidney disease.
Phil worked for the US Postal Service in Titusville for 38 years. He retired on Oct 9, 1981 after serving 16 years in the position as Postmaster.
Phil studied Aeronautical Engineering at University of Alabama, from where he was called to serve his country during WWII as a decorated US Army Corps of Engineers officer assigned to General Patton's favorite 4th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Under German fire, his bridge unit installed the world's longest tactical floating bridge across the Rhine at St. Goar, March 26, 1945 to support Patton's attack on Berlin. He retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lt Colonel.
Phil was a major contributor to Titusville's development and it's community and cultural programs. As a youth, he achieved the honor of Titusville's first Eagle Scout. Shortly after returning from WWII among his many community contributions he was appointed as one of the founding board members of Jess Parish Memorial Hospital serving as Treasurer helping oversee the planning, construction and the initial operation of Titusville's first hospital. He was also president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, served many years on the Planning and Zoning Board, was long time member of the Rotary Club and devoted Meals on Wheels volunteer. In his leisure time, he enjoyed tennis, carpentry and travel. Phil was highly regarded as a founding member of the North Brevard Literary Society.
He is survived by Doris, his loving and beautiful wife of 70 years; daughter Karen Judd of Mount Dora, sons Tim Crannell of Titusville and Philip Crannell Jr. of Jupiter. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held May 17, at 2pm at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Titusville. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to
North Brevard Funeral Home
1450 Norwood Avenue Titusville, FL 32796
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 11, 2014