BANGOR - Walter "Mickey" L. Crawford Jr., 85, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at a Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Bangor, the son of Walter L. and Gertrude (Boutreau) Crawford Sr.
Mickey grew up in Bangor and attended Bangor schools. In 1950 he joined the U.S. Army and served until 1952. He married Joanne Eagers and together they would raise three children, Walter III, Susan, and Douglas. Mickey and Joanne would often play beano and they had many wonderful times together. He worked as a firefighter for Bangor Fire and retired after 20 years of dedicated service and then went to work for Dead River delivering oil and in dispatch. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Howland.
He is survived by two children, Walter L. Crawford III of Bangor, Susan Nealey and her husband, Nathan of Palmetto, FL; four grandchildren, Gabrielle and Dylan Nealey, both of Palmetto, Justin "J.T." Crawford of Bangor, Jessalyn Crawford of Ellsworth; great-grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, Laura Crawford, and a very special niece, Ann Fitz. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Joanne, and a son, Douglas Crawford.
Friends are welcome to call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the funeral home. Military honors will be held. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, following the Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass. Those who wish to remember "Mickey" in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com