CRIMMINS - John J. Sr., 90 of East Hampton, NY formerly of Lakeland, FL & Mineola, NY passed away on July 6, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on April 29, 1924, in Belle Harbor, NY, a son of the late Denis and Mary Cleary Crimmins. He received his primary education within the New York City Public Schools. He served with the US Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during combat on Leyte. On October 11, 1947, John and Dorothy Ann Acton were united in marriage at St. Frances Roman Catholic Church of Rockaway Beach, a loving union of over 60 years until her death on February 6, 2008. Prior to his retirement, John was employed for 40 years as an Electrician and Electrical Foreman, with IBEW Local #3 of New York City. He took great pride in his work and recently received his 65 year union membership pin. John was a courageous, funny, gentle, and patient man whose presence among us will be missed. John is survived by his daughter, Alicia Joan and Russell Jordan of East Hampton, NY, with whom he lived, and his sons John (Jack) J. Crimmins, Jr., of East Hampton, NY, Michael and the Rev. Dr. Betsey Crimmins of Elmira, NY, and Robert A. and Shelly Crimmins of Kingwood, TX; his grandchildren, Dr. Sarah Crimmins and husband, Dr. Douglas Orbaker, Abigail Crimmins, Rebecca Crimmins, Bryan Crimmins, and Emilie Crimmins; his brother, Michael Crimmins of Port Washington, NY, his sisters, Helen O'Brien of Edmonds, WA, Mary Ahlert of Deerfield Beach, FL, Dorothy Reynolds of Bear, DE, Kathryn Cawley of Southampton, NY, and Ann Hughes of Port Washington, NY; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Denis Crimmins and his sister Catherine Crimmins. Interment at Calverton National Cemetery. John's family hopes that we find the inspiration to share acts of kindness with others, not jut in his memory, but in our daily lives.
Published in Newsday on July 10, 2014