August 03, 1935 - September 02, 2012
August 03, 1935 - September 02, 2012
Arthur R. Crandall 77
Beverly - Arthur R Crandall of Beverly, MA and N. Myrtle Beach, SC, beloved husband of Barbara J. (Scoglio) Crandall, died comfortable at home with three generations of his loving family spending extended periods of time by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer on September 2, 2012.
Born in Salem August 3, 1935, he grew up in Beverly and was affectionately known as “Sonny Boy”. He was the son of the late Lt. Arthur Cushman Crandall and Mary Julia (Musial) Crandall, he graduated Beverly High School in 1953, and went on to graduate from Northeastern University.
Art was always an independent self-starter, as a young boy, while growing up in Beverly, to earn money he would pick weeds at the local farm, and work at his uncle’s garage. During high school he was an avid jock, playing many sports with golf and hockey as his favorites. After high school, he tried out with the Boston Bruins and skated several tryouts before eventually not making the team. Since a hockey career was off the table, he enlisted in the Navy where his Korean Conflict duty took him to the air as gunner. While serving in the Navy he saw the world and flew to many countries – Australia, and New Zealand, to name a few, but Japan was definitely his favorite. After being Honorably Discharged and coming back home, he was introduced to his future wife by both of their respective fathers. So a blind date resulted in marriage on May 26, 1957.
Fresh out of the Navy, Art landed an Electronics job with McMillan Laboratories of Ipswich, MA that took him to different parts of the country. During the golden years of space travel, he accepted a job at MIT in their exciting Lincoln Laboratories in Cambridge where he worked on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space missions. He was one of the first in the world to look at the Lunar dirt brought back by the Neil Armstrong’s Apollo Mission. With Space missions declining and always looking to take care of his family, he successfully applied to and was hired by the U.S. Postal Service where he rose to the rank of Supervisor, 3rd class Bulk Mail for all of Essex and Middlesex counties and for many years he travelled to Washington, D.C. where his expertise was required as part of a National Team in setting up Rules and Regulations for Mail Services.
Once married with Children, Art became ensconced with the local community. He volunteered for many years with the Ryal Side Civic Association and was instrumental in the planning and running of the successful Fourth of July Parade and Fair events. Art was one of the original three men that created the long running Saturday Movie Socials for kids at the St Alphonse Parish in Danvers. And, in one of his most cherished and fun activities, he volunteered for over 15 years as an active coach within all levels of Beverly Baseball…..from Little league on up. He was also an active member of the Italian Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) club. As an avid golfer he was a Member of both the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club, and Barefoot Resorts in N. Mrytle Beach, SC. It was at Barefoot Resorts where he shot a celebrated “Eagle” (a two under par- for those non golfers).
He is survived by his wonderful and devoted wife of 55 years Barbara, and four cherished children: son Arthur R. Crandall, Jr. and his wife Therese of Sherborn, MA; three daughters; Sharlene and her husband Mark Duffy of Gorham, ME, Lisa and her husband Paul Sauvageau of Gorham, ME, and Barbara and her husband Peter Angelopolus of Georgetown, MA. He was very involved with his 9 grandchildren, Arthur, Bradley, and Cameron Crandall, Caitlyn Duffy, Alisha, Joseph, and Angela Sauvageau, and Coty, and Dylan Angelopolus, He also leaves two brothers; Richard and his wife Diane of Hudson, NH and Paul Crandall of Mullins, SC, along with many nieces and nephews, and cousins.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot St., Beverly, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly location) Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial in the Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Arthur’s memory to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 or the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Prostate Cancer Research, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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