2017-08-18 / Obituaries

John Crabtree

John A. Crabtree, of Wells, passed away on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 in York Hospital with his children by his side.

John was born in Sanford, on July 3, 1935 to Arthur Crabtree and Christine Crabtree (Pickles). He was a devoted husband to Phyllis-Ann Crabtree (Moody) until her passing in 1991, and for the 26 years after.

John was an avid collector, affectionately known to many as Wells’ “Fred Sanford.” He spent many years at his antique shop Grammy’s Attic on Route 1 and he frequently traveled to antique auctions all across New England.

A die-hard sports fan, John enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia and defending his picks in a football pool every year. He retired after 24 years at the United States Postal Service in 1990, but also held other miscellaneous jobs throughout the years, such as amateur lobsterman, eBay entrepreneur, hotelier and equine enthusiast.

John enjoyed hosting family get-togethers at his house in Moody. He is survived by his children, Robin Johnson and husband Jerry, Kevin Thyng and wife Janet Wentworth, Kreen Reckart and husband Marvin, and Kristi O’Rourke and long-time companion Karl Fernald, brother-in-law Ronald Moody and nieces and nephews.

John is also survived by his grandchildren, Shanna Utgard, Jason Buzzell, Treena Utgard, and Nicole O’Rourke, his great-grandchildren, Jason Buzzell, Jr., Carter Utgard, Evan Utgard, Bentley Buzzell, and Wayland Randall, and several grand-dogs and grandcats.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St. Kennebunk, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, 160 Alfred Road, West Kennebunk.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Wells Library, 1434 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090; or York Hospital Hospice, 127 Long Sands Road, York, ME 03909 would be greatly appreciated.

The family would also like to extend a warm thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at York Hospital for their kindness and support during this difficult time. Private family internment will take place at Ocean View Cemetery in Wells, where he will be forever united with Phil-Ann.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit John’s Book of Memories page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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