John J. Crawford of Kenmore died Sunday (Jan. 23, 2000) in Sisters Hospital. He was 83.
After doing counterintelligence work in the Army during World War II and a 35-year career at General Motors, Crawford went to work as a cryogenics consultant at the University at Buffalo.
As a special agent in the Army Counterintelligence Corps, he served in Europe and the United States investigating cases of sabotage, espionage, treason, sedition and disloyalty in civilian and military installations. He also did background checks on personnel involved in atomic research. He was awarded the American Service Medal and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Service Medal. He was discharged as a staff sergeant.
He went to work for GM as a typist in 1951, and through continuing education and offering numerous cost-saving suggestions and creating numerous patented inventions related to assembly line production, he eventually was promoted to industrial engineer.
He later worked for the UB physics department as a consultant, creating systems to produce experimental gases.
Crawford served as commander of the Harry E. Crosby Post Veterans of Foreign Wars and was president of the Holy Name Society of St. Andrew's Catholic Church. He volunteered at soup kitchens, such as Loaves & Fishes, and at the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
He was a daily visitor to the McAuley Residence, where he assisted with his older sister, Katheryne, and other residents.
His wife, Esther, died in 1997.
Survivors include five daughters, Barbara Szymanski of Butler, Pa., Elizabeth Bily of Hamburg, Ruth Crawford of Johnson City, Tenn., and Susan Crawford of Rock Hill, Conn., and Margaret Crawford; two sons, John J. Crawford of Carrollton, Texas, and Paul Crawford of Pendleton; and 10 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 9 in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Swormville.