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George Bisset Crawford Obituary
George Bisset Crawford
87, of Plain Township passed away Tuesday, May 7 following a lengthy illness. George was born in Fraserburgh, Scotland on Jan. 16, 1926, the son of George and Barbara (Bisset) Crawford. He was largely a self-educated man, having left school at the age of 13 shortly after the start of World War II. At the beginning of the war worked at the local 'tool works' factory, but promptly began his varied military service at that same time. The Repository was kind enough to tell some of his story in its 'World War II: Now and Then' series last month. In sum, he joined the Air Training Corp, then the Gordon Highlanders (local home guard), followed by a brief stint as a Naval Airman, then the Royal Artillery (signals and tank driver/operator) and finally in various Airborne (paratrooper) units. George was proudest of being a member of the 1st Forward Observer Unit, Royal Artillery (1st Airborne Division). He finished his military service in 1948 as Battery Sergeant Major, one rank short of the highest post he could have achieved as a non-commissioned officer. Then, still just 22 he immigrated to Canada and soon thereafter pursued a career in insurance. In 1957 he married and came to the United States, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1962. Despite his lack of formal education, he passed a high school equivalency test and took insurance related courses Drake University. He was professionally credentialed as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Chartered Life Underwriter and Associate in Risk Management – one of the earliest in the country to hold such multiple certifications. In 1966, George brought his growing family to Canton where he became a long time employee of the insurance agency now known as the Schauer Group. He was also active in the community, including such organizations as the Optimists Club, the Kiwanis, the Downtown YMCA and various veterans' groups (including, most recently, the Akron Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association). George also worked with the local Boy Scouts, including 17 years as the president of Troop 4's adult committee.
George is survived by his wife of over 56 years, Barbara E. (Lennox) Crawford; four children, G. Ian (Tammy) Crawford, Elizabeth M. Crawford, and Douglas B. (Sharon) Crawford, all of Canton and Alison B. (Jeff) Jacob of Lockboure, Ohio; and seven grandchildren, Andrew Crawford, Brian Crawford, Alexis Crawford, Emma Crawford, Olivia Crawford, Brooke Jacob and Ella Jacob. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Crawford of Roseharty, Scotland, and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Crawford of Fraserburgh.
Calling hours for George will be conducted Friday, May 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lamiell Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America. Condolences may be made to:
www.lamiellfuneralhome.com
(Lamiell, 330-456-7375)


Published in The Repository on May 9, 2013
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