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Ralph Crompton

CROMPTON, Ralph 89, of North Andover, an icon of the dairy industry, died April 21st at home surrounded by his loved ones. Mr. Crompton founded Crompton Sales Inc. of Methuen, MA with his late wife Irene (Kew) over 40 years ago. As a salesman and supplier to the food and dairy industry, Mr. Crompton sold the first homogenizer for the processing of milk in the US. He introduced New England to Minute Maid orange juice and he promoted the extensive use of the tear and snap off cap extensively used on milk bottles today. His life-long career in the dairy industry included sales and marketing positions with Borden's Ice Cream and Manton-Gaulin Mfg. prior to founding his own manufacturer's rep firm. Family members include a son Stephen, and his wife Leslie of Andover; and, daughters, Laurie, of North Andover and Marti (Martha) and her husband Jeff Johnson of North Reading; and four grandchildren, Stephen and Samantha Crompton and Vicky and Greg Johnson. His family extends to include cousins, many of his wife's relatives, as well as the staff, suppliers and customers of Crompton Sales. Services will be held Monday, April 26th, 10 am, at Grace Episcopal Church, 35 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA. Calling hours will be at Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, Sunday April 25th from 4 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Ridgewood Cemetery, North Andover. Donations in Ralph's name can be made to Grace Episcopal Church or the Esperanza Academy also at 35 Jackson Street in Lawrence, MA. To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

Funeral Home

Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home
33 Pearson Street Andover, MA 01810
(978) 475-2072

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