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Justice William J. Crangle, Jr.

Age: 102 • Shelburne

Former New York State Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable William J. Crangle, Jr. died on August 9, 2016, at Wake Robin, in Shelburne, Vermont at the age of 102.

A 1936 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1939 graduate of Albany Law School, he was admitted to the NY State Bar and began practicing law with his father, Judge William J. Crangle, Sr. in St. Johnsville, NY.

In 1942 he enlisted in the US Navy, took the training to become what was known then as a "90 day wonder" and served his country for over 3 years as the Captain of an LCI amphibious ship where he made combat landings throughout the South Pacific.

Following his military service, in 1946 he opened a law firm in Canajoharie, NY. From 1952 to 1959 he served as Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County and subsequently was elected to serve as District Attorney until 1963. In 1964 he was elected County Judge of an eleven county district of NY. He was subsequently elected as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court where he presided until he retired from the bench in 1984. As a lawyer, judge and person, Justice Crangle was admired throughout his life as a fair and honorable man.

He married Doris Shults, of Palatine Bridge, NY in 1939 and they lived an active life filled with poetry and adventure as they raised three children and made numerous contributions to their family and community. They traveled extensively in addition to being avid skiers, hikers, and gardeners. In 1985, at the age of 71, Judge Crangle was designated the oldest man to become an "Adirondack 46'er when he completed climbing all 46 peaks of the Adirondack mountains over 4,000 feet. At 67, Doris became the oldest woman to accomplish this feat two years later. The couple hiked and enjoyed cross-country skiing into their 80's. After retiring from the bench the couple took the required training to be Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) for the Canajoharie ambulance corps and served in that capacity for three years.

The Crangles moved from New York to Vermont in 1994, along with Mrs. Crangle's mother, Lucile Shults, to reside at the Wake Robin Continuing Care Residential Community in Shelburne where they became active and valued residents of this senior community.

Justice Crangle and Doris are survived by their three children: Mary Ellen Crangle, of Williston, VT; Cathryn (Kate) Semerad de Bakker and his son-in-law, Luis Bakker, of Washington, DC; and William R. Crangle and his daughter-in-law, Lee Webster, of Plymouth, NH, five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

At Justice Crangle's request there will be no public memorial service. Expressions of remembrance can be sent to the Chittenden Humane Society in Shelburne, Vt.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 14, 2016
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