Lindquist Funeral Home

1 Mayberry Ln, Yarmouth, ME


Steel Benjamin Crawford

July 16, 2002August 9, 2019

Steel Benjamin Crawford was born July 16, 2002 in Houston, Texas to Ben and Melanie (Barrett) Crawford. He had the ability to capture the hearts or at least the attention of just about everyone. The family moved from Spring, Texas, to Mooresville, North Carolina, to Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and finally settled in Freeport the fall of 2010.

He always wanted to have fun and make people laugh. He was determined to do things his way, as his parents and sisters, Natalie, Vivien, and Emma can attest. Steel’s favorite activities included harassing his sisters and pushing all limits with his parents, chasing the tide for striper, fishing on the river, camping, cliff jumping, flipping into any body of water he could find, spending every free moment with friends, borrowing other people’s clothes or hats, working out, helping his dad remodel a property, and of course, lacrosse. He was the most loyal friend and would do literally anything to help them. Friends often came to him for help with their problems which was a heavy load he carried and took very seriously. Parents of his friends, coaches, close teachers, and even strangers often commented on how polite, genuine, helpful, and hardworking he was. While these traits were not always seen at home, his family knows home and church was where he learned the qualities that molded his “strong moral compass”, as he called it.

His life on earth ended unexpectedly on Friday, August 9, 2019 while doing a double back flip off a rope swing into the Saco River in Buxton, Maine. He was with a few of his closest friends and they were frequent jumpers at the park.

Steel’s goal for the last 6 years was to become the best lacrosse player ever. He spent hours watching college and MLL games so he could learn then practice it all, especially trick shots. His lacrosse IQ was off the charts. He spoke often of his desire to build the LAX program in Freeport so he could play in college and then professionally. He wanted to be famous and leave a legacy.

He is survived by his loving parents Ben and Melanie, sisters, Natalie, Vivien, and Emma, his grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, hundreds of friends, and countless adoring fans.

Services for Steel will be held at the family’s church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 247 Walnut Hill RD, North Yarmouth Maine Saturday, August 17, 2019 Visiting hours will be from 10AM- Noon, followed by a reverent funeral in the chapel. All are welcome to attend. As a celebration of Steel’s life black does not need to be worn.

In lieu of flowers the family has created a lacrosse scholarship account. Donations may be sent to: Steel Crawford Family, Bath Savings Institution, 189 Lower Main Street, Freeport, Maine 04032.


  • Benjamin Crawford, Father
  • Melanie Crawford, Mother


  • Visiting Hours Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 17, 2019


Steel Benjamin Crawford

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Lori Nieves

August 18, 2019

So sorry for your loss prayers for the family may Steele rest in piece.

Sharon McLeod

August 18, 2019

To the Crawford Family and all who loved Steel,
I am very sorry for your loss. I never met Steel however he shared mutual friends with one of our Grandsons, one of whom was swimming with him that day. From everything that I have read and heard about Steel he was absolutey someone who has left an indelible footprint here on earth. May you find comfort in one another in the days, weeks and months to come and in the many beautiful memories you all share.
God's Blessings,
Pat and Sharon McLeod

Mary Crawford

August 17, 2019

I met Steel last summer at Subway in Freeport. He was with friends, laughing, doing his teenage thing. He presented as a nice polite kid. My condolences and prayers to the whole family. Such a sad and terrible loss.

Amy Johnson

August 15, 2019

We just loved Steel, and so did our entire family. We each interacted with Steel on our own separate levels, and he had the unique ability of connecting to each of us. Such a treat when he was in our company. Thank you, Steel, for making each of our lives a little bit better by just knowing you.
With great love,
Amy (Mrs.) Johnson
P.S. The picture is Steel with us at an SU lacrosse game under the Dome!

John Parvin

August 15, 2019

The Parvin family and Ashley Parvin Know how special of a person and Friend Steel was and we will remember him as a kind soul. We are thinking of him and your family often. Rest In Peace Steel.

Robin O’Connor

August 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of teaching Steel physical education from 3-5th grade. He was a fun little guy. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smirk-smile that meant something was up. I loved every minute that I was in his company! Hugs to the Crawford family.I am so glad Steel was a part of my life!

Elena Wagner

August 14, 2019

It was a great honor to have had Steel consider our house as a second home. He was and will always be one of my favorite young men. He had a smile that would brighten a room, a deep voice that would make you listen, and a personality that improved your day. I will miss him tremendously, but I am thankful for the time our family had with him and to his family for allowing us to love him.
Gone from our physical lives but never from our hearts.
“Mrs. Wagner”