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Alfred Crouse Jr., 82 years old, passed away Monday, June 27 at Mass General Hospital.
Born August 19, 1933 to Alfred L Crouse and Florence Martin, he will be missed by his wife, Marie (Solari), brother, Henry Crouse and sister, Florence Samuel, children, Karen Parker, Jane DeLeire, David Crouse and Michael Crouse and grandchildren, Eric Sanford, Nathan Sanford, Kayla Parker, Michael Parker, Dylan Crouse, Noah Crouse, Zoe Crouse and Beckett Crouse.
Al’s wit and youthful sense of humor remained a constant throughout his life. This lightness of spirit, coupled with his work ethic and drive, made him an inspiring friend, colleague, and father. First moving to Haverhill as a young man, he became a fixture of the local community, living in the city for 55 years and raising four children in the home he worked tirelessly to renovate.
A kidney transplant and stroke survivor, Al continued to live a rich and active life in spite of his physical setbacks, spending time with his family and enjoying his hobbies: musicals, jazz and crooners from the 40s and 50s, DIY home projects, and especially sailing. He was a sailboat owner for most of his life, and was happiest when on an adventure with his family and friends navigating the coast. He was an active member of the Haverhill Universalist Unitarian Church, and loved participating in the grounds committee where his knowledge as an electrician was put to good use. Al worked for 30 years at Lucent Technologies in Haverhill, first as an electrician and later as section chief. His co-workers were always amazed by his craft and leadership, but the thing his family and friends will miss most about him is his gentle nature.
Al served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, working as a radar operator on the aircraft carriers Hornet and Bennington. During leave he would hitchhike from New Jersey to Massachusetts to see his then-girlfriend, Marie, who would later become his wife of 59 years. All those who knew them were moved by their marriage, which lasted through almost six decades, 11 presidents, and many sailing adventures.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 6 at 11 a.m. in the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill at 15 Kenoza Ave, Haverhill. A reception will follow at Willow Springs Vineyard, 840 West Lowell Ave., Haverhill. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service Haverhill and Bradford. To share a memory or for more information, please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  July 7, 2016
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