John (Jack) F. Crudele Sr. 88, of Cranston, RI, passed away peacefully on Dec 15th at Cedar Crest Nursing home from complications of the COVID-19 virus.
Born on October 17, 1932, in Cranston, RI, he was the eldest son of Emilio S. Crudele & Cecilia (Montgrain) Crudele.
Jack spent his early years in Knightsville (Cranston), enjoying the company of his friends & siblings as well as swimming and fishing in Randall Pond.
He worked with his father (E.S.Crudele Construction), building homes during his high school years, and later joined the Army, where he proudly served in the Korean War. He valued the friendships he made there and stayed in touch with many of his comrades over the years. Was discharged with the rank of Sargent.
He met and married Dorothy M. Foster in 1952, where they raised their 5 children in Providence and then moved to Cranston in 1966. They were married for 38 years until Dottie’suntimely death in 1990 from Breast Cancer at the age of 57. Jack never remarried.
Jack was predeceased by his parents, his wife Dorothy “Dottie” Crudele, RN, his sister Marjorie Botelho, his brother Robert Crudele and sister-in-law Claire Crudele.
He leaves behind his brother and close friend Richard Crudele and wife Claudia of Cranston, as well as Brother-In-Law Edward Foster and his wife (Margaret) of Boynton Beach, FL.
Jack is survived by his children John Crudele Jr. and wife (Maliza) of Cranston, James Crudele and wife (Pippa) of Norton, Mass., Cathleen McElroy and husband (James) of Cranston, Joanne Crudele and husband (Peter Larimer) of Jackson, NH and Ann Marie Marshall and husband (Larry) of Cranston.
He was the proud “Papa” of his 11 Grandchildren: Jessica McElroy, Jenny McDermott (Mike), Meghan Crudele, Michaela Crudele (Christian), Nolan Crudele (Samantha), Caroline Crudele, Thomas Crudele, Gianna Crudele, Francesca Ritter, Gregory (Stephanie) Marshall & Matthew (Yana) Marshall, and a Great Grand Daughter Lyla Rose Marshall.
Jack will be remembered as a skilled carpenter and proud member of the RI Carpenters Union. Over the years, he worked on many projects throughout the state as a foreman for firms like Gilbane, Bowerman Brothers, and William Bloom & Sons, to name a few.
During his spare time, Jack enjoyed watching his Grandchildren’s sporting events throughout New England, as well as time spent with his neighborhood friends playing cards, bowling, venturing to Lincoln Greyhound Dog track, or trips to Foxwoods Casino. He was an avid sports fan and a diehard Yankees fan and proudly wore his Yankees cap most everywhere.
Jack will be remembered for his sage advice, willingness to offer assistance with projects that required a Handyman’s touch, and candid sense of humor.
The family would like to thank the Cedar Crest Nursing Home for the wonderful care they provided during our father’s time spent there.
Burial will be private, and memorial services will be celebrated at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greyhound Rescue of New England Inc 200 Providence St Mendon, MA 01756.
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