James's Story

GREENVILLE - James Robert Crandall was born to Herbert Crandall and Elsie Labbe Crandall in Brownville Jct., Maine on December 5th, 1928. He passed away peacefully at the age of 85 years in Greenville, Maine on June 24, 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Brenda Elaine Crandall of Greenville, Maine.

He was predeceased by his sister, Joyce Sullivan, brothers, Joseph, Fredrick, and Jack Crandall and a granddaughter, Ashley Elaine Libby.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Leah) Crandall, her husband Burc Oral; a son, Jeffrey Crandall; his stepchildren Scott Libby and Staci Libby; his grandchildren, Lily Crandall-Oral, and Jeffrey (J.D.) Libby; his nephew Rodney (Butch) Crandall; and niece Kim Leonard; and a special sister-in-law Carolyn Craig and family; and friend Walter Gary.

Jim was a Veteran of the U.S. Army in 1950-1952 and served in Germany.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Greenville, and was a previous Past Master.

Jim was employed by the U.S. Canadian Pacific Railroad for 40 years. His many positions for CP included working as a Telegrapher in 1948; A Station Agent in New Brunswick, Canada, and Maine; and a Mobile Supervisor for the Moosehead Sub Division. Jim was a 3rd generation railroad man to his grandfather and father, both Engineers for the U.S. Canadian Pacific Railroad. His brother Joseph also was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Jim once built a velocipede and used it to travel from Bodfish to Onawa Station. To all his railroad buddies, Jim loved to sit and chat about the good ole Railroad days. One retired R.R. man once said that Jim was a man who always thought of others before himself. When the train went by the house in Greenville, Jim stood by the window, and the engineers would give him that "Shave and a Hair Cut" toot!! Jim stayed involved with retaining the history of the railroad in Greenville after retirement.

Jim spent a summer working on "The Kate". He had an amazing way of explaining the cruise to the "Flatlanders."

Jim loved his family and friends and will be missed tremendously by all that were blessed with his acquaintance. He loved the birds and wild life. He figured in some small way by feeding them, "it just might get me into heaven." Jim's love of animals included his two cats, Isis and Lexi.

He had a love of flowers, the oriental lilies, which were shared anyone who walked by.

Jim loved the outdoors, and the beauty in the meticulous laid slate rock walls he built. It gave him peace and serenity.

There will be no services at this time. Donations in Jim's memory to:

Arther E. Howell

Wildlife Conservation Ctr.

101 Lycette Rd

Amity, Maine 04471

Avian Haven

Wild Bird Rehab Ctr

418 North Palermo Rd.

Freedom, Maine 04941
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