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Francis Crippen Francis E. Crippen, age 26 of Conshohocken and a professional swimmer died Saturday, October 23, 2010 in Fujairah east of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while competing in the FINA open water 10 kilometer World Cup Finals. Born in Bryn Mawr on April 17, 1984, son of Patricia A. (Grandizio) and Peter A. Crippen. Fran swam with Germantown Academy, University of Virginia, USA National Team and Mission Viejo Nadadores. Fran was the Silver Medalist in the 10k at Pan Pacific Championship in August, earned the bronze medal in the 10k at the 2009 World Championship, he was National Champion in the 5k in 2009, and won Gold Medal in the 10k at the 2007 Pan American Games. Currently 10k Open Water Swimming National Champion and recently named 2010 U.S. Open Water Swimmer of the Year. He also finished fourth in the 10k and fifth in the 5k at this years world championship, His sister Maddy said three things come to her mind whenever she would think of her brother, Passionate - about everything he did, Loyal - to his family and friends as well as the schools and clubs he swam for and even local sports teams he would root for, and Fun - he always enjoyed himself and those around him. Besides his parents, He is survived by sisters: Madeline Crippen, Claire Crippen and Teresa Crippen, all of Conshohocken; grandparents: Francis and Regina (Temple) Grandizio of Drexel Hill; aunts: Jean Marie (John) Cantrill of Ardmore, Fran (Charles) Galliagher of Philadelphia, and Mary Chris (Stephen) Schueren of Gwynedd. Also survived by many cousins, and his girlfriend, Caitlin Regan of Philadelphia. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Matthew's RC Church, Third and Fayette Sts, Conshohocken with Fr. William Kelly officiating. Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10:20 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, Conshohocken, Memorial contributions may be made in Fran's memory to The Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation c/o Peter Crippen, 301 E. 8th Ave., Conshohocken, PA 19428.

Published in Times Herald on Oct. 27, 2010
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