John H. Crandall Sr.
November 11, 1944 – June 18, 2018
John H. Crandall Sr., 73, of Madison, beloved husband of Claudia Tomasitis Crandall, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.
Born in New Haven Connecticut on November 11, 1944, he was the son of the late Eugene and Dorothy Hawthorne Crandall. John was a graduate of Milford H.S., earned his Associates Degree from Stevens College in Fitchburg, MA, and his Bachelor’s degree from the Baltimore School of Commerce in Baltimore, MD. John was an accountant for several corporations, including Wire Works and Pelican Industries. He was a partner and CFO at New Line Communications and several other local companies.
Besides his wife and loving companion Claudia of 20 years, he is survived by two children; Heather Crandall Rogers and her husband Peter of Deep River and John H. Crandall Jr. also of Deep River. Two stepchildren; Thomas Blanchette and his wife Amy of Bristol and Daniel T. Blanchette and his wife Rachel of Indianapolis, IN. Three granddaughters who he absolutely adored, Kayla Rogers and Emily and Ava Blanchette. John is also survived by his sister Judith Landes of Independence, MO. John also leaves behind many other family and friends in particular the “Over the Hill Gang” whom he loved and had a strong bond with.
John was an antique car enthusiast and at one time owned a 1931 Model A Ford. He also loved the freedom and control of driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle back in the day. John was a great storyteller, recalling tales of his youth on his uncle’s farm in upstate New York. He loved Block Island, this was John and Claudia’s favorite place. John will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be made in John’s memory to Connecticut Hospice 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. The family wishes to thank CT Hospice for their loving and compassionate treatment of not only John but his family during his stay. The funeral service will be private and a celebration of John’s life will be held at the end of July.
John H. Crandall Sr.
June 21, 2018
Although I have never met John, I know he must've been a special man for my friend Claudia to love and care for him as she does. It is a true love that became stronger with time and with every obstacle. I am sure she is at peace now knowing he is no longer suffering. Her heart is filled with the love and joy he showed her and she has the amazing memories of their life together to go on. That is what makes her the strong, loving woman she is. Rest in peace, John. You have left some deep footprints on this earth.