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Joseph G. Crudo Jr.
September 6, 1950 ~ February 25, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Joseph G. Crudo Jr., age 72 of Stratford, beloved husband of Judy Boyle Crudo, passed away on February 25, 2023 after a long battle with cancer, in his residence with his loving family by his side. He was born on September 6, 1950 to the late Joseph Crudo Sr. and Concetta Crudo. He was a lifelong Stratford resident and retired from Sikorsky Aircraft after 38 years as an Operations Manager. Joe had a passion for sports. He played college basketball for Sacred Heart University. He was also the gritty catcher for the Stratford, CT Team that played in the 1963 Little League World Series Final against Granada Hills, CA. He also loved coaching, and spent 50 years as a youth baseball coach, touching numerous lives, and spent countless hours volunteering with organizations like the Lordship Father’s Club, Stratford Little League and the SLL Challenger Division, CYO Basketball, Sterling House, American Legion Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, PAL Softball, and the SHS Hall of Fame Committee. He also spent many years as the women’s basketball coach and the men’s baseball coach for Stratford High School. He also had a love for politics. He served as Councilman at Large before Stratford’s first Mayor. He served 8 years as a Board of Education Member, Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, Chairman of the Stratford Housing Authority, he was also a Justice of the Peace, and served on many other committees and boards. He is survived by his #1, a girl whom he met on a blind date and whom he jokingly said he picked out of 150 applicants. 1 year later, he and Judy Boyle were married and spent 49 years together. They raised 2 children, Jacqueline and Joseph the 3rd (Jen). He has 5 granddaughters who called him “Pa”. Kaylee, Hannah, Ellie, Juliana, and Jillian who all adored him. He is the oldest of 6 brothers and sisters. Madelyn, Constance, Donita, Rocco, Angelo (Sherrie) and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 10:30 AM in St. James Church, 2070 Main Street, Stratford. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Thursday, March 2, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Galello-Luchansky Funeral Home, 2220 Main Street, Stratford. The family would like to extend a thank you to the kind, caring, and compassionate staff at Smilow Trumbull and with a special thank you to Andrew Nelson and Philana Gudricza who went over and above in his care. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking thatmemorial contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.