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Howard A. Crawford 91, of Franklin, died peacefully, surrounded by his family at home Friday April 10, 2015 following an illness. He was the beloved husband of Santina E. (Accorsi) Crawford. Born in Bristol, Connecticut on July 17, 1923 a son of the late James E. and Alice M. (McGuire) Crawford, he was a former resident of Sherman Mills, Maine before moving to Franklin in 1950. He was raised and educated in Maine, and upon moving to Franklin worked for the American Felt, and Clark Cutler McDermott Companies, before taking a job with the Town of Franklin. Howard worked his way up thru the ranks at the Department of Public Works and retired as the Assistant Superintendant of Public Works in 1984. When he arrived home in the afternoon, he then worked at the family farm on West Central Street, now known as the Akin Bak Farm. A proud American Howard was a veteran of World War II and Korea; he attained the rank of private and was gun crewman in his artillery company. He participated in the battles of Rhineland in Central Europe. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and for his service during the Korean War, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star. Howard was regarded as one of the most foremost experts in the state of Massachusetts for beekeeping, a passion of his for over 55 years. Many people in the local area purchased honey and wax from him at numerous fairs, farmers markets, and at the farm. In 2002 he was Worcester Countys Beekeeper of the year and in 2009 was named Beekeeper of the year in the state of Massachusetts. He passed his knowledge onto his grandchildren and the students at Norfolk County Agricultural High School where he taught since 1957. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, following all the Boston sports teams, and being outside working the farm. Howard was the Past Commander and treasurer of the Franklin VFW, a member of the American Legion, and a 50 year member of the Improved Order of Redman, Wonowok Tribe, where he was a past Great Sachem. He was also one of the founders of Franklin Little League and along with his friend Timothy Garboski started the Franklin Farmers Market. In addition to his wife of 69 years, he is survived by his children; Susanna M. Shipman and her husband Carroll of Monrovia, Maryland, Michael G. Crawford and his wife Kathryn of Stow, Ohio and Elizabeth B. Betty Rousseau of Franklin. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Susanna L. Theriot, Seth W. Rousseau, Benjamin J. Rousseau, Jennifer L. Shipman, Joshua H. Shipman, Kerri L. Surace, Michael P. Crawford, and great grandchildren, Madison, Logan and Ava Shipman. He was the brother of the late James Crawford, John Crawford, Mary Cronin, Helen Cox, Jessie McClane, Dorothy Dyment and Mildred Ellenwood Relatives and friend are invited to attend his funeral service Wednesday April 15th, at 10AM at the Franklin United Methodist Church 82 West Central St., Route 140 Franklin. Interment with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4-8PM at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin. Due to floral limitations at the cemetery, donations in Howards memory may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com.

Published in The Country Gazette from Apr. 13 to Apr. 20, 2015
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