John J. Crerand
October 3, 2018
John J. Crerand, 72, of Milford, Pa., passed away in the Hackensack University Medical Center, N.J., on October 3, 2018, after a bone marrow condition advanced to leukemia.
He was born in York County, Pa., son of the late John W. Crerand, World War II Marine veteran, and late Virginia L. (Becker) Crerand Fitzkee, and step-son to the late Donald E. Fitzkee, Korean War Army veteran.
John is survived by his wife, Teresa, also of Milford, daughter Michele Crerand (Aaron), son John Crerand (Mindy), adopted daughter Clara Kuhns (Dennis), brother Thomas Crerand (Denise), sister Virginia Wood (G. Michael), nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Honesty, integrity, and fairness with others were his core values. He proudly served our country in the Army during two tours in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968, with an honorable discharge as Sergeant E-5. True to his nature in caring for people, he sponsored two orphan children while serving in Vietnam.
In York County, John was a member of Lions Club International and volunteer firefighter. He was honored to be elected in Dingman Township and serve as a State Constable after retiring from the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons as an Associate Warden.
He continued a lifetime of community mindedness as a volunteer for the Hunters Sharing The Harvest program to deliver venison donated by hunters to Pennsylvania food banks, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission at the Shohola Bear Check Station. He also provided security for the Detweiler family at the Malibu Dude Ranch rodeos. He often went above and beyond to help community members, even buying a meal at times for someone in need.
Having extensive knowledge of wildlife, he enjoyed wildlife woodcarving, including bears, birds, and ducks with his masterpiece being a life-sized bald eagle on a beaver stump. While on a New England states camping vacation years ago, he was carving a small duck at a campsite in Vermont when a little boy showed up to watch. John gave him the carving and only minutes later, more kids showed up. Even though his fingers were sore, John made sure each kid left with a carving of their own.
He had a unique ability to inspire laughter by telling stories of life experiences over the years. Later, he became a story teller and author writing a children’s book about a young river otter interacting with other wildlife in his environment.
John’s wish was to be remembered as he was. Honoring his request, there was no funeral or memorial service. Cremation took place at the Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, Pa. (www.stroyanfuneralhome.com).
In the spirit of John’s giving nature, anyone wishing to honor him with a memorial may make a donation to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), donate blood at a Red Cross blood drive (www.redcross.org), or support Hunters Sharing The Harvest (www.sharedeer.org).
The family is most appreciative to those who donated blood during a special blood drive held for John on January 12, 2018, since his condition required multiple blood and platelet transfusions, as well as all the medical professionals and hospital staff who gave excellent care.