Jim Crawford
1946 - 2020
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Jim Crawford
Nov. 1, 1946 - July 9, 2020 Edward James Crawford III, of New Fairfield, Connecticut, Jim to his family and friends, died Thursday, July 9, in Danbury Hospital at the age of 73 following a brief illness.
He was born in Bronxville, New York, in 1946, the son of Edward James Crawford Jr. and Kathryn Thomas, and lived primarily in Westchester County during his youth. He earned his bachelor's degree from New England College and his master's in education from Western Connecticut State University, becoming a math teacher and settling in on Candlewood Isle in New Fairfield, where he lived for the next 50 years. He was a teacher for his full professional life, primarily at Henry Abbott Technical School in Danbury, where he was beloved by his students.
He loved sports of all kinds, coaching girls' basketball at Abbott Tech and playing tennis, softball, and basketball recreationally, before transitioning to golf in more recent years. He also loved watching old movies, classic cars, boating on Candlewood Lake with family and friends, and doting on his grandkids.
A true character, Jim will be remembered for his long and winding stories, big heart, good nature, frugality toward himself, and generosity toward others.
He is survived by his son, E.J.; daughter-in-law, Debbie; his granddaughter and grandson, Harper and Henry; his sister, Carol; cousin, Louis; and a large assortment of extended family members and friends who greatly enriched his life and who will miss him dearly.
Due to current circumstances, the family is delaying an in-person memorial service, with hopes to hold one next year in the late spring or summer.

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Published in Danbury News Times on Jul. 13, 2020.
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July 24, 2020
I will miss our friendship of the past 50 years. Jimmy always enjoyed socializing and telling great stories. We enjoyed discussing the new happenings on the Isle as well as our mutual friendships.
Robbi Anderson
50 Lake Drive South
Candlewood Isle
Roberta C. Anderson
Friend
July 17, 2020
I will miss running into Jim at the office, the course, or the local ginmill. Always with a smile, a story, and a round. RIP my friend.
James Piskura
Friend
July 16, 2020
Jim and I worked at Green Chimneys 40+ years ago together. I will miss his humor and witt! He was a generous man with a kind heart. His love of working with kids was truly one of his assets! May he rest in peace!

Barbara Crapa
Barbara Crapa
Friend
July 16, 2020
Rest in peace, my favorite math teacher, and a great friend.
Brigitta Devau
Friend
July 14, 2020
My hands are folded as the tears roll down my cheeks, I just found out that I have lost the best friend a person could have. Our classrooms where next to each other and we shared are thoughts between classes. He was the support I needed in my stressful times and he vented about his buildings. I have many stories to share if anyone wants to read them. Most are laughable, like the one I remember in a northern New England store.

Jim is the mans man and the definition of friendship. God has a new friend. Ill always miss you. Alan R. Johnson
Alan Johnson
Friend
July 13, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Mr Crawford was a great man. He was my high school math teacher for four years. Many moons ago. Ive continued to cut his hair all through the years. He will be missed. So very sorry for your loss
Deanna Hicks
Friend
July 13, 2020
Mr. Crawford was one of my favorite teachers at Henry Abbott and made school fun. God Bless you Mr Crawford.
Brian Hearty
Student
July 13, 2020
Jim was respected teacher and coach at Abbott Tech. He was known for his kindness and loyalty to his students and players.
Tony Gorman
Coworker
July 13, 2020
So saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I met Jim and 'his crew' when I worked at the Candlewood Grille part time. We all have many fond memories of good times together and remained friends. One of the recent funny stories is when Jim came to my house party, and two of my best friends were also at the party. To my surprise; my friend Jim was their math teacher 'Mr. Crawford' from Tech 30 years earlier. They just could not think of calling him Jim. In a heated game of Two Truths and a Lie how funny was it that both my friend's and Jim's lie was 'I had an affair with my student' and 'I had an affair with my teacher'. Totally unrehearsed and just an example of his dry and quick wit. Needless to say; laughter ensued. He will be missed and remembered as a gentleman and kind, respectful soul. RIP Jim.
Eileen Cunningham
Friend
July 13, 2020
MR Crawford Was my math teacher and a coach for all 4 years at Abbott Tech at times he was stern while others he confused the heck out of me
That was ok I learned better having to think out of the box Thanks MR C
Rest In Peace
Sue ( Pudelko) Edmond
Sue
Student
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