Crawford Lincoln died peacefully at home in the company of his family on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at the age of 93. Born on August 18, 1928 in Claremont, NH, Crawford was the son of the late Howard Addison Lincoln and Lucretia Crawford Lincoln.
Crawford is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ann Gulick Lincoln; sons, Brian Lincoln & wife Sandi, and Howard Lincoln & wife Tacy; grandchildren, Gray Lincoln, Lyssa Lincoln Reed & husband David, Carter Lincoln & wife Kaila, and Lucy Lincoln & fiancé Alex Godin, and numerous nieces, nephews & cousins. He is predeceased by his son, John, brother, W. Addison Lincoln and sister, Lucretia Stanley.
Crawford was president of Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA from 1978 until his retirement in 1993. He also worked at G & C Merriam Company of Springfield, MA for over 20 years where he held the positions of acting president, vice president and secretary.
Following his graduation from Yale University in 1950, Crawford served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Iceland during the Korean War.
He was a devoted volunteer and leader who gave generously of his time to numerous nonprofit organizations including American International College which awarded him an honorary degree in 2004; the Association for Community Living which recognized him with its D’Amato Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service; the Longmeadow Historical Society; the Longmeadow Bicentennial Committee; the Massachusetts Council for the Humanities; the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum; the New England Document Conservation Center; WGBY Public Television; the Advisory Council of Bay Path University; Harrington Hospital of Southbridge, MA; Stage West; Storrs Library of Longmeadow, MA; the Springfield Library and Museums Association; the New England Museums Association; the Council of the American Museums Association; the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont; Christ Church Cathedral of Springfield, MA; Holy Trinity Church of Southbridge, MA; and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.
Crawford was fortunate to have his sharp wit with him until the end. Regardless of the topic, Crawford always had a good story to tell, which was often recounted in exacting detail even if it happened more than 75 years ago. Following many years of devoting his wisdom to the leadership of nonprofit organizations, he relished regular friendly bridge competitions.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut Street in Springfield. The service will be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook and YouTube platforms. A private ceremony will be held later that day at Springfield Cemetery.
Gifts in Crawford’s memory may be made to the Pathlight Group of Western Massachusetts, Old Sturbridge Village, Glenmeadow in Longmeadow, or Christ Church Cathedral.
Please visit www.TazziniFuneralHome.com for condolences.