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Wendell P. Crawford Jr.

Wendell P. Crawford Jr., husband of Rose Mary (Boyle) Crawford of Clark Road, Ipswich passed away on January 21 2011, at the age of 75. 

Born in Medford July 19, 1935, he was the son of the late Wendell P. and Anna (Walsh) Crawford. An all New England hockey goalie from Malden Catholic High School,  he went on to attend and graduate in 1957 from Providence College, where he was the goalie for the Division 1 PC Friars. He served  with the U.S. Marines for two years then returned to college earning masters degrees in english, math and history.  For thirty-eight years he was employed as a high school math teacher  at Malden High School.  When he retired at the age of sixty-two, he entered law school at the Mass School of Law, graduated and passed the bar. He has been an Ipswich resident since 1965, raising five children and putting them all through college.

In addition to his wife of forty-seven years, he is survived by his children, Philip Crawford of Ipswich, Maureen Carroll and her husband Brendan of Framingham, Brenda Stewart and her husband Michael of RI, Susan Donato and her husband Joseph of Topsfield, and Julie Macdonald and her husband Bruce of Rowley. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, his sister Elaine Crawford of Charlestown, and many nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Barbara Beasley and David Crawford. His family loved him dearly, and would like to thank him for his strength, his sense of humor, and his love.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday February 14, 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich, followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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