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Robert S. Crandall
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    Scotia, NY 12302

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“There are many memories of visiting Uncle Bob, Aunt Joan, Scott and Cindy at the farm and their home during my youth. Uncle Bob was always laughing...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Craig Crandall - Ellicott City, MD

“Bob and I had some great golf games and flying adventures. Bob and Joan were always most cordial when i visited them in Cocoa Beach . He was the...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Mike Collins - Scotia, NY

“I grew up in Niagara Falls, and later in Cocoa Beach. For 37 years, I've had the privilege of knowing Bob and his family. A few of the many memories...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Jess Brindisi - Lorton, VA

“I always looked forward to our family reunions with Uncle Bob, Aunt Joan, Uncle Dean, Aunt Caroline and all my cousins. We occupied several cottages...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Doug Marshall - Damascus, MD

“Missing you <3 ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Heather Pace-"Crandall" - NY

“You have been such an inspiration and amazing part of my world and well being. I couldn't be more blessed and lucky to have your continuous love and...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Heather Pace-"Crandall" - NY

“A group of 8 friends from Niagara Falls met once a month for a gourmet dinner and planned anual ttrip for 25 plus years. We called oursekves The...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Charlotte Bouindy

“Yvonne and I have known Bob for many years. We have enjoyed his company in this area and Cocoa Beach, Florida; which he so loved during the winter...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Yvonne & Dan DeBellis - Castleton, NY

“For me, Mr Crandall was a personal loss and a gift to my life. I spent a brief few meetings with him at family affairs with his son and son's family...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: robert Kantar - VT - Friend

“To always see kindness in someone's eyes speaks of deep faith. Love always, Joan, holly ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Holly Davison - Scotia, NY

“Bob was one of the nicest, kindest individuals we have ever known. That is the best a man or woman can be. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Bob and Palma Rice - Oxnard, CA

“Bob was a wonderful friend to my friend, Reg and me. Bob was a real gentleman- always so kind and generous. Reg and I were blessed to have him as...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Charlene Donald and Reginald Prouty - NY

“Bob and I graduated from college on the same day. Bob from Michigan State and I from Syracuse Univ. Mom went to his graduation and Dad came to mine...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Clif Crandall - Asheville, NC

“I've never met a more loving, caring, supportive, generous individual in my entire life. I'm so lucky to have been able to call him "Grandpa". He's...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Lauren Crandall - Castleton, VT

“Iam very sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to know and care for Bob, he was a wonderful man. I was touched when he gave me the book he wrote,...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Ann Sutton - Schenectady, NY

“my best memories of uncle bob are at our family reunions. his interviewing everyone with a spoon, singing 'red roses' and the performances with his...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: denise - FL - niece

“Mr Crandall, you will be sorely missed ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Erin Lewis - Glenville, NY


It is with sad regret that the family of Robert S. Crandall announces his death at age 90 on Monday December 2nd at his home in Scotia , NY.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Marshall Crandall and their children : R. Scott Crandall, MD of Bedford, NH and Cynthia A. McOsker of South Portland, ME. He is also survived by his brother and wife, Clif and Linda Crandall of Ashville, NC. Bob was predeceased recently by his sister Betty Fowler with whom he shared a lifelong special bond.

Born August 5, 1923 in Glens Falls Hospital, he is the son of the late Beatrice S. and James N. Crandall of Fort Ann, NY. Bob spent his early childhood living with his extended family on a 750 acre dairy farm in Fort Ann where at times they milked more than 100 cows morning and night. Bob graduated from Fort Ann Central High school in 1941 and lettered for the Cardinals in both baseball and basketball before leaving his agrarian roots and enlisting in the Navy on November 19, 1942. His participation in sports required completion of his daily chores before school and at night after practice or games.
After basic training at Sampson Naval Training Center, he trained as a Radioman in Bedford Springs, PA and was assigned to the aircraft carrier the USS Franklin, CV-13. He was part of the original crew. At this time, the ship's company and the air group together composed the most complex combat team in the world. While serving in the Asia-Pacific war he was involved in many battles with the Japanese Kamikaze dive bombers and torpedo planes and witnessed first hand the ravages of death and suffering during battles in the Bonin and Mariana Islands, Guam and Rota Island, Palau, Iwo Jima, Leyete Island, Manila Bay, Saipan, Eniwetok, Chichi Jima and on the carrier deck during bombing raids to within 100 miles off the coast of Japan. He was proud of the four stars on the Pacific Ribbon he wore as Radioman 2nd class indicating his involvement in 4 major battles in the Pacific theater. He completed his service to his country on the heavy cruiser the USS Bremerton at the War's end sweeping for bombs in the Yellow Sea. He was honorably discharged February 1, 1946. Bob served under two Presidents, (Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman) and was proud of his military service to America and advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty for all. He worked diligently during the final years of his life to chronicle his war experiences in a personal memoir entitled, "Big Ben the Flat Top: The Story of the USS Franklin".

After his Navy duty, he attended the Agricultural and Technical Institute in Canton, NY for one year prior to transferring to Michigan State University where he graduated in June 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science and Agriculture. He married his college sweetheart Joan Louise Marshall on July 8, 1951. Joan coauthored his life and remained his best friend and confidant until his death. She provided a lifetime of unconditional love and most recently, extraordinary support and remarkable caregiving during the last two years of his life as he bravely confronted Parkinson's Disease, depression and the myriad challenges of chronic disease and aging.

After graduation from college, both Bob and Joan entered the classroom as teachers in Manchester, Michigan. Bob realized that a career in teaching science and agriculture was not for him. After a short stint in sales and advertising with the Yellow Pages, and he joined the State Farm Insurance Company as an Agent in Johnstown, NY until he relocated with Joan and their twins to Niagara Falls, NY in 1957 to become an Agency Manager with the company. He loved his position managing 18 agents in Western New York and created lifelong relationships with both his agents as well as their families. He completed his final decade with the company as an Agent on Hamburg Street in Schenectady, NY, with Joan serving as his office manager. He served SFI as both a agent and manager for 42 years.
After retiring from the insurance industry and seeking a hobby, he enrolled in art classes. He seemed to have an aptitude for this and worked mostly with acrylics and oil. In addition to painting on a traditional canvas, he loved to be creative and experimented with art on shirts and socks. He loved his "jungle room" at home filled with wall mounted displays of animals painted on palm fronds.
He interest in aviation started during the war and he earned his pilot's license flying extensively in the New England states and Florida. He logged hundreds of hours volunteering on the Restoration Crew at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum.

He loved the warm weather and wintering in Cocoa Beach, Florida for many years where he and Joan loved the beach, dancing at the Port in Cape Canaveral as well as entertaining family and friends . He was a lifelong "Spartan" and remained an avid Big Ten and Michigan State University supporter until his death.

He was a lifelong active and engaged member of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls, NY as well as Union Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, NY where he served in leadership roles and volunteered extensively. He loved to serve those in need through church programs and mission activities. He also volunteered at the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Proctor's Theater and Habitat for Humanity.
Bob loved gardening and landscaping on his property (especially working on his John Deere tractor), and maintained a small vegetable garden until his death During his life he also enjoyed boating, fishing and waterskiing with his family on the Niagara River from his Cayuga Island residence in Niagara Falls and later, the Mohawk River.
Bob lived his life remembering that "it is nice to be important, but more important to be nice" and never asked anyone to do anything that he would not do, or had not already done himself. With

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