KENNEBUNKPORT - Guy "Joe" Crandall, 87, died Thursday, February 12, 2015, at home with his family in Kennebunkport. He was born October 25, 1927, in Houlton, the son of Guy and Elma Crandall.
Joe was a lifelong resident of Aroostook County. In his early years, he worked on the family farm in Oakfield. In 1944 when he was only a sophomore, Joe gave up his high school career to enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he attain the rank of Fireman First Class while serving on the USS Nassau, an escort aircraft carrier, until WWII ended. Joe worked for 32 years at the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, primarily as a bus driver. During his time there he drove over one million accident free miles and served as a union leader for the Amalgamated Transit Workers. In the early '70s he went back to school, determined to get a diploma. In 1973 he graduated from Houlton High School, a feat he was extremely proud of. He was always a man of faith and a servant to his community. Joe served for three years as a trustee of the Dyer Brook Church Community and was proud of his 50 year membership to the Nollesmic Masonic Lodge in Millinocket.
He leaves his daughters, Cynthia Grey and her husband, Richard, Robin Veysey, and Jody Webb and her husband, Bernard; son, David Crandall and his wife, Constance; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many close friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara.
Friends may call 12-2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, at Bowers Funeral Home, 10 Water Street, Houlton, with funeral services will be held 2 p.m. with the Rev. Andy Harthorne officiating in conjunction with Island Falls Masonic Lodge #205. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the Hospice of Southern Maine for the excellent service they provided to Joe, 180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074. For an online memory book and to leave condolences, please visit www.bowersfuneral.com.