July 2, 2016

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Robert “Possum Bob” Crawford

Bob Crawford, despite all of his super-human efforts, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the age of 59, surrounded by his loving family at his home. Over six years ago, he began his battle with lung cancer and leukemia, and refused to go down without a fight. He fought the disease until his dying breath, doing so with courage and bravery, never complaining about the heinousness of the treatment or the cancer that was ravaging his once strong body.

Bob was best known for his quick, and sometimes inappropriate sense of humor, always laughing and inspiring those around him to do the same. His charisma and gift for all things funny always had those around him in laughter, and this was a trait that cancer could not steal from him, as he kept his joking ways and sparkle in his eyes until his dying day.

Bob spent his career at the Medina County Sheriff’s Department, utilizing his talents and gifts to keep his community safe. Bob was very proud of his time of service, and was well known in his department and surrounding agencies for his natural knack for this work. Twenty years after his retirement, his stellar police work is still used as an example while training up and coming officers.

Bob has a love for the outdoors, and spent his free time hunting, fishing and traveling. His understanding of wildlife and their habits was vast, and he spent the last years of his life passing down his knowledge to his children and grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Cynthia Clement Crawford, who also lost her battle to cancer at the age of 31. Bob leaves behind a devoted spouse of 28 years, Tania Crawford, who cared for him during his illness with nagging and love. He is also survived by his parents, Richard and Barbara Crawford of Nova. He will be deeply missed by his two daughters, Shannon (Bill) Good and Jaime (Tom) Hegarty; along with five grandchildren.

Per his wishes, Bob was cremated and will have his ashes spread in the ocean and Lake Erie at a later date. A celebration of his life was held, with Bob in attendance, on March 16, 2014, in Wadsworth, where he said farewell to family and friends while enjoying their company as they reminisced about days gone by.

In lieu of flowers, Bob has requested that donations be made in his name, to the Make A Wish Foundation, 2545 Farmers Drive Suite 300, Columbus, OH 43235, htp://oki.wish.org/ or by calling 1-866-880-1382. He was dearly loved, will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

A registry is available at andersonmcdaniel.com