Charles G. Crawford, 68, general contractor

July 12, 2004

Charles Gantz Crawford, a retired general contractor, died July 5 at Blake Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla., of complications after open-heart surgery. The former Butchers Hill resident was 68.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Atwick Road, he was a 1954 Friends School graduate and played on its lacrosse team. He earned a degree at Washington and Lee University, where he also played lacrosse and belonged to the Cadaver Society. He served in the Army.

A general contractor, Mr. Crawford renovated many East and Southeast Baltimore rowhouses in the 1970s and 1980s. Working in Butchers Hill, he oversaw the reconstruction of homes on East Baltimore, Pratt, Ann and Gough streets. He also renovated the old St. Michael Roman Catholic Church convent at Washington and Pratt streets.

In 1992, he moved to St. Mary's County and resumed his construction business. He retired two years ago.

Services were held Saturday in Ellenton, Fla.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, the former Patricia "Penny" Cosby; a son, Scott Crawford of New York; a daughter, Tracy Crawford Ockerman of Oxford, Mich.; a brother, William F. Crawford of Largo, Fla.; a sister, Margaret C. Demere of St. Mary's City; and a granddaughter. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

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