Raymond Carl Crawford, postal worker

December 30, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Raymond Carl Crawford, a retired postal worker and Roman Catholic deacon, died Dec. 23 at St. Agnes Hospital after suffering a heart attack. The Woodlawn-area resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Port Street, he attended the old St. Andrew's Parochial School and was a 1951 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical School. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Cadmus in Korea.

After his military service, he worked for a year at the old Western Maryland Dairy and then joined the U.S. Postal Service, working in the special-delivery mail service. He retired in 1986.

In 1983, Mr. Crawford was ordained a permanent deacon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church and officiated at weddings, baptisms and funerals. He was also the chaplain for a unit of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council.

Mr. Crawford enjoyed cutting grass and reading.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9535 Liberty Road in Randallstown, where he was also a deacon.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Helen Gawel; a son, Michael J. Crawford Sr. of Hanover, Pa.; a daughter, Mary Ann King of Glenwood; a brother, Irvin E. Crawford of Westminster; a sister, Patricia L. Bunke of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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