CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - H. Richard "Dick" Crandall passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, surrounded by his family. Dick was born April 2, 1941, in Presque Isle, to Horace M. and Katherine Jamieson Crandall.
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He graduated from Presque Isle High School and went on to receive a degree in accounting at Husson University. While in college, he met Carole Goode, of Bangor who would go on to become his beloved wife of 50 years.
In addition to Carole, Dick is survived by three children and their spouses, Jeff R. Crandall and Anna Chytla of Charlottesville, Va., Kurt R. Crandall and Stephanie Cordier of Richmond, Va., and Susan R. Crandall and Thomas Joyce of Crozet, Va. Dick is also survived by five grandchildren who brought him tremendous joy, Thomas and Daniel Joyce, Spencer, Myles and Sonoma Crandall. Additional surviving family members include two brothers and their spouses, Robert C. and Barbie Crandall of Chelsea, Ala., and William R. and Patty Crandall of Easton; nephews and niece; and brother-in-law, Todd C. Goode and partner, Michael Griffin, of Yarmouth. Dick was predeceased by his parents, Horace and Katherine Crandall.
Growing up in Maine, Dick spent many hours on the potato farm in Aroostook County, owned by his grandparents, Charles and Ann Jamieson. It is there that he developed a lifelong passion for gardening. In recent years, he proudly achieved his certification as a master gardener and honed his craft while tending to the gardens of his eldest son, Jeff. He pulled many weeds, harvested countless vegetables, and rode numerous hours on the tractor always with a broad smile across his face.
A "foodie" long before it was trendy; Dick loved Carole's cooking and, in return, was always quick to volunteer for dish duty. He took his children and grandchildren on nature walks and shared with them his knowledge and love of wild animals, plants and bird species. Dick adored music, playing the trumpet and singing in the choir as a young man. Later on, many evenings and holidays were filled with Dick playing the piano with his beautiful tenor voice singing the classics for family and friends. He eventually acquired the role of "unofficial roadie" for his son Kurt's blues band.
Dick was a staunch believer in serving the community in which you live, something he demonstrated at an early age while volunteering as a page in the Maine State Senate. Throughout the years as he, Carole and their children lived in Maine and New Hampshire, he continued his service through positions on town councils, school boards and parks and recreation committees.
He enjoyed a 35-year career in the pulp and paper industry, during which he worked as a comptroller and manager of quality assurance. Upon retirement, he transitioned to the role of a quality consultant for various industries. It was during this time that Dick, Carole and Sophie, their Golden Retriever, traveled throughout the lower 48 states in their RV, seeing the country and making wonderful memories.
Despite his accomplished career, Dick considered his greatest achievement the success of his children. He was tireless in his support of their educational pursuits and beamed with pride at every graduation ceremony, from kindergarten through graduate school.
While he firmly embraced his New England roots, he and Carole relocated to Charlottesville, Va., in 2005 to be closer to their expanding family. Dick cherished his role as "Grampy" and quickly shifted out of retirement mode to attend scout meetings, sporting events, school plays and many cherished "Grandparents' Days."
Dick and Carole joined the Ivy Creek United Methodist Church when they moved to Charlottesville and Dick became invested in his church "family" as a member of the choir and as a church Trustee. Deeply devoted to his faith, Dick faced his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with strength and courage, knowing that he was in God's hands. The extended church family showed tremendous love and support for Dick and his family throughout his battle with cancer.
Dick's generosity of spirit was exhibited through his patience, warmth and caring for others. He was always quick to help those in need and could brighten a room with his smile, twinkling blue eyes and wonderful sense of humor. Dick leaves behind a legacy filled with precious memories, strong values and basic life lessons that his family is committed to carry forth for generations to come. He was quite simply "a good man" that will not be forgotten.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Sept. 21, at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church, 674 Woodlands Road, Charlottesville, Va., with Pastor James Thornton officiating. Committal service will follow at Ivy Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, Attn: Development Office, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway - Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911; or to the Ivy Creek UMC Building Fund, 674 Woodlands Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.hillandwood.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Sept. 9, 2013