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Howard A. Crawford
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“I met Howard nearly 18 years ago. I was holding a Veteran's Day celebration at the Remington Middle School. Howard any several other Franklin...Read More »
1 of 37 | Posted by: Kathy Goodwin - Woonsocket, RI

“You will always be remembered as a friend and I truly loved coming over to chat and buy the best honey . I am so sorry I just found out and I truly...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: Donna Stanley Steph McGrath - MA

“My children and I will always remember Mr. Crawford from many Memorial Day celebrations in our town. Our children would participate in the day's...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Lorraine Schratz - Franklin, MA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. ”
4 of 37 | Posted by: Gregory Wilson - Franklin, MA

“I am so sorry to hear about my Uncle Howard. I always loved him. Knowing that he is gone sets me back a little. My sympathy goes out to my Aunt...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: Stephen Costello - Washougal, WA

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and wishing you all well. ”
6 of 37 | Posted by: Sarah Gagnon

“So very sorry to hear about my Uncle Howard. May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to my Aunt Santina and my cousins Suzanna, Betty and...Read More »
7 of 37 | Posted by: Diana (Costello)Arsenault - MA

“Mrs c and family we are very sorry for your loss uncle was a good man who inspired a lot of people he will forever be rembered in our hearts you have...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: Richard j Souza - Franklin, MA

“Mrs c and family I'm very very sorry for ur loss I have the flu and cannot make the wake I will never forget uncle howie he was a real gentleman and...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: Richard j Souza - Franklin, MA

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10 of 37 | Posted by: Donna Brady - Franklin, MA

“Prayers and thoughts go out to the family RIP he will be miss by so many ”
11 of 37 | Posted by: rosemary(Pizzi) pidgeon - frankln, MA

“Papa was one of the most interesting, knowledgeable and loving people I've ever met. I came into this family as an "in-law" but quickly became a...Read More »
12 of 37 | Posted by: Mark Theriot - Franklin, MA

“I have always loved my uncle Howard and will miss him terribly..God rest his soul and I pray he's at peace in our Lords arms.. God Bless my family in...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: lynda parker - bracey, VA

“Uncle Howard you have always been my hero. You were such a remarkable man and a great birthday buddy I will miss you always and love you for ever RIP ”
14 of 37 | Posted by: Norma Bukoveckas - Valier, MT

“uncle howard you will be missed by many...will miss you but i know you are with my mother and the rest of your brothers and sisters .aunt sandy so...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: rose cox-richard - mexico, ME

“i remember the one time that i went to the farm with my father Howard(named after you) and how much fun i will be missed and were loved by...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: izetta mclean (lee) - rumford, ME

“you will be missed love you soooo much uncle howard ”
17 of 37 | Posted by: hazel dalton - jay, ME

“Uncle Howard , we will miss you. My condolences to the all the family .¢½ ”
18 of 37 | Posted by: donna Cole - Rangeley, ME

“Uncle Howard you will be missed you are in a good place with your brothers and sisters RIP love you aunt Sandy ”
19 of 37 | Posted by: James Crawford - Zephyrhills, FL

“My family always thought of this wonderful man as uncle howie.we loved him and sandy and have some warm memeries of christmas eve at your house there...Read More »
20 of 37 | Posted by: peg amd jim morton - woonsocket, RI

“I am very sad to see you go Uncle Howard, but know that you lived a very full life and now it is time to be with your family in Heaven. As my dad...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Philip Crawford - Buckfield, ME

“Uncle Howard you will be sadly miss i enjoy seeing you every year things will not be the same with you gone but i know your with your family in...Read More »
22 of 37 | Posted by: Grace. Crawford pray - Lewiston, ME

“Aunt Sandy I don't know if I will make the funeral but I am there in spirit. I love you both so much and I am sorry for your loss. ”
23 of 37 | Posted by: Tina Swain - Lewiston, ME

“To the Crawford Family--it is with fond memories and love that I offer my sincere condolences during this very sad time. I walked to your home as a...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Christine(Ribero)Concannon - MA

“I'm so sorry for your loss.He was a good man i have not only bought honey off him for years.But also worked him replacing Us flags on graves in the...Read More »
25 of 37 | Posted by: Richard Gillespie - Franklin, MA

“So sorry for your loss. I remember when we had our Metro boys basketball banquet at the VFW and how impressed the boys were with all of his stories....Read More »
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27 of 37 | Posted by: Bruce Warren - Dunedin, FL

“Dear Santina and family: Although Santina and I are cousins (Corina Accorsi Longobardi's son) it has been years since any of us were together and I...Read More »
28 of 37 | Posted by: A friend

“What a special man Howard was. We always enjoyed stopping in to get a few jars of honey and listen to a story he wanted to share with us! His love...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Jim and Cyndi Mulvey - Franklin, MA

“Howard was a wonderful, generous, man who was devoted to his family and his love of farming and bee keeping. He welcomed all and regaled us with his...Read More »
30 of 37 | Posted by: Rev. Bob Johnnene OFJ - Franklin, MA

“to tina and family: am so very sorry to hear of howard's passing. he was a fine man. respected by so many. my late husband ...Read More »
31 of 37 | Posted by: sandi cugno - attleboro, MA

“My heartfelt sympathy to dear Santina, Betty, Seth and the entire family. What a wonderful man, and a full life. So much to be proud of. Be strong...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Mary Morrissey Olsson - Franklin, MA

“My sincerest condolences to the Crawford family. ”
33 of 37 | Posted by: Lynda Mucciarone Bertone - Medway, MA

“So sorry to hear about your loss. ”
34 of 37 | Posted by: Julia Cribby - Franklin, MA

“Howard was an amazing man, friend and farmer. He taught my dad all about farming and was one of my dad's best friends ”
35 of 37 | Posted by: Joyelle (Gromelski) Vadenais - MA

“Howard was an amazing man, friend and farmer. He taught my dad all about farming and was one of my dad's best friends ”
36 of 37 | Posted by: Joyelle ( - uxbridge, MA

“My sympathy to Santy, Susanna, Michael, Betty, the Accorsi sisters, grandchildren and extended family. I've know Howard since I was a kid. He was a...Read More »
37 of 37 | Posted by: Joyce Adams - Franklin, MA


Howard A. Crawford 91, of Franklin, died peacefully, surrounded by his family at home Friday April 10, 2015 following an illness. He was the beloved husband of Santina E. (Accorsi) Crawford.
Born in Bristol, Connecticut on July 17, 1923 a son of the late James E. and Alice M. (McGuire) Crawford, he was a former resident of Sherman Mills, Maine before moving to Franklin in 1950.
He was raised and educated in Maine, and upon moving to Franklin worked for the American Felt, and Clark Cutler McDermott Companies, before taking a job with the Town of Franklin. Howard worked his way up thru the ranks at the Department of Public Works and retired as the Assistant Superintendant of Public Works in 1984. When he arrived home in the afternoon, he then worked at the family farm on West Central Street, now known as the Akin Bak Farm.
A proud American Howard was a veteran of World War II and Korea; he attained the rank of private and was a gun crewman in his artillery company. He participated in the battles of Rhineland in Central Europe. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and for his service during the Korean War, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star.
Howard was regarded as one of the most foremost experts in the state of Massachusetts for beekeeping, a passion of his for over 55 years. Many people in the local area purchased honey and wax from him at numerous fairs, farmers markets, and at the farm. In 2002 he was Worcester County's Beekeeper of the year and in 2009 was named Beekeeper of the year in the state ... READ MORE →