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Ronald Jeffrey CRABB

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CRABB, Ronald Jeffrey Ronald Jeffrey Crabb, 42, beloved husband of Jodi Thomas of Colchester, passed away Sunday morning (February 7, 2010) due to a tragic industrial accident in Middletown. Born August 16, 1967 in Spring Valley, IL, he was a son of Marilyn T. Crabb of Chicago, IL and the late Carle (Bart) Crabb, III. He was married to Jodi M. Thomas on July 2, 1994 in Fairfield, CT. The couple later moved to Colchester where they made their home. Ron proudly worked as a Steamfitter for Local 777, Conn. Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, for 18 years. As an apprentice, Ron received the Department of Labor, Fitzgerald Award for outstanding apprenticeship. Throughout his career, he was a champion of workers rights and job safety. Holding a strong belief in Unionism, Ron was immediate past president of the Local. Prior to that, he served the Local as Recording Secretary and Executive Board member. Receiving appointment by the Governor, Ron also served for six years on the State Licensing Board for Heating, Piping, Cooling and Sheet Metal Workers. He worked to maintain the integrity of the profession and protect work jurisdiction and consumers from fraudulent contractors. An active member of his home town, Ron served on the Colchester Democratic Town Committee and he just completed a six year term on the Board of Finance. Ron was awarded the Secretary of the State's Public Service Award for his long standing dedication. He touched countless people's lives in an everlasting way. Ron held an avid love of the great outdoors. Most importantly, he will be remembered by his family for his devotion and hard work. In addition to his loving wife of 15 years and his mother, survivors include two sons, Dylan Thomas-Crabb of Colchester and Tyler Barboza of Spring Valley, IL; a brother, Carle Ray Crabb, IV of Spring Valley, IL; step father, Jerome Sisul of Chicago, IL; step siblings, Tawny Sisul, Francie Sisul, David Sisul and Jerome Sisul; mother in law, Susan Thomas of Milford; a special aunt, Sandra Thomas of Stratford and numerous extended family members and friends. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at St. Andrew's Church, 128 Norwich Ave., Colchester. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated 9 a.m. Saturday directly at St. Andrew Church. Burial will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to benefit his children's education: Ronald Crabb Children's Education Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 219 South Main St., Colchester, CT 06415. The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 10, 2010
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