John J. Crimmins Sr.

April 29, 1924-July 6, 2014
John J. Crimmins Sr., April 29, 1924-July 6, 2014

John J. Crimmins Sr., an electrician and electrical foreman in New York City with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 3 for more than 40 years, took great pride in his work, his family said. He recently received his 65-year union membership pin. Formerly of Lakeland, Fla., and Mineola, Mr. Crimmins died on Sunday at his daughter’s house in East Hampton, surrounded by family. He was 90.

His family described him as a courageous, funny, gentle, and patient man. Born in Belle Harbor, Queens, on April 29, 1924, to Denis Crimmins and the former Mary Cleary, he attended public schools in New York City. After high school, he served in the Army during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart for wounds sustained during combat on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.

On Oct. 11, 1947, he married Dorothy Ann Acton at St. Francis de Sales Church in Far Rockaway. They were married for over 60 years, until her death in 2008.

The couple raised their family in Mineola. In 1992, after his retirement, they moved to Florida. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Crimmins moved to East Hampton to live with his daughter, Alicia Joan Jordan.

He is also survived three other children: John Crimmins Jr. of East Hampton, Michael Crimmins of Elmira, N.Y., and Robert Crimmins of Kingwood, Tex. He leaves six siblings: Michael Crimmins and Ann Hughes of Port Washington, Helen O’Brien of Edmonds, Wash., Mary Ahlert of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Dorothy Reynolds of Bear, Del., and Kathryn Cawley of Southampton. Five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Visiting hours were held last night at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. Mr. Crimmins will be buried with full military honors tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Calverton National Cemetery.