Robert Crawford Sr.

Funeral Liturgy

11:30 am
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
St. Rose of Lima Church
16 McLean St.
Freehold, New Jersey, United States


St. Rose of Lima Cemetery
299 Freehold-Englishtown Rd.
Freehold, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Robert Joseph Crawford Sr.

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Robert Crawford, Sr., went to his eternal rest on May 20, 2022.  He was a lifelong resident of the Freehold area, moving from Freehold Borough to Howell Township. Robert graduated from St. Rose of Lima Grammar School; attended Trenton Catholic Boys’ High School; graduated from Freehold High School; and graduated from Monmouth College with an MBA. He was employed by A&M Karagheusian until he enlisted in the Army in 1952.  Robert began a civil service career starting at Earle Naval Weapons Station then Fort Monmouth where he retired in 1995, ending a 41-year career in the Defense Department.

Robert was active in his community.  He was a Councilman in Freehold Borough; Freehold Borough Little League, a member of the American Legion Post 54; Elks Lodge 1454; Knights of Columbus Council 1672, where he was a Fourth-Degree member and past Grand Knight. He was a devout and active, life-long parishioner of the St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church – where he served as an Usher for almost 60 years.

Robert was pre-deceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary (Schviavone) Crawford, and his brother, Carroll Crawford.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara A. (DuPuis) Crawford; his children Robert J., Jr. (Sharon). Patricia A.; Michael K. (Joanne); Thomas J. (Michelle); Timothy F. (Theresa); and his grandchildren Daniel, Matthew, Michael, Danielle, Tyler, Christina, and Alexander; and his brother Michael (Marlene).

There will be a private viewing on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at St. Rose of Lima Church, 16 McLean St., Freehold, NJ at 11:30 AM. Internment to follow at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery.  To leave a condolence, visit

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