OBITUARY: John Francis Crispo, 93

Below is an obituary from Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home:

NEWBURYPORT, MA — John F. “Pops” Crispo, entered into rest on April 6, 2022. He was born March 3, 1929 in Wilmington, MA to Joseph and Margaret Crispo.

Never a stranger to hard work, starting at a young age he would pitch in to help make money for the family anyway he could. He would take on odd jobs helping people with whatever they needed help with and would tell us of times spent searching the railroads looking for pieces of coal to sell.

By the time John was 10 he worked for the Lowell Sun delivering papers until he was 17. Not only was he a hard worker at a young age but he was a local hero. In 1948 he was featured in a segment of the Heroic Comics (no. 47 March 1948) “Tunnel to Safety”. This was a story of a young girl who fell in a well when he was a teen. He was one of the rescuers that tunneled their way to the young girl, where he was the one to break through and rescue her.

When John turned 18 he was proud to join the U.S. Army where he served in the Transportation Corps. He would recount his times traveling the roads of Germany just after WWII and having memorable encounters with the Russian Army.

After his time in the Army was over, he would come back home and focus on work and family. He continued his transportation career working for Spector Freight as a member of Teamsters 25 until his retirement.

He was a resident of Plum Island Newburyport for many years, where he and his wife “Mitzi” were actively involved in PITA (Plum Island Taxpayers Association) before moving to Seabrook, NH and coming to rest in Zephyrhills, FL.

He was loved by so many friends and neighbors that all thought of him as family.

He helped those in need without question and was always there to lend a hand no matter how difficult. As anyone that knows him can attest, he would be the first one to show up with tools in hand and help with whatever you needed. He was a father and great person that really touched all that met him.

John is survived by his sister Mona and her husband Adrene Chase (Pops’ best friend) as well as his brother Alfred Crispo and wife Dorothy; daughter, Patricia Crispo-Rhodus; with sons Robert and wife Jill, Ryan and wife Tegan; son, Gary and wife Rebecca; children, Joshua and wife Lynn, Krissy and husband Zak, Michelle, Travis and Amiee; as well as many nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchild. He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor “Mitzi” Crispo, son James L. Crispo, sisters Margaret Bubanas, Claire Troy and Charlotte Crispo.

Family and friends are invited to John’s graveside service at 10:30 AM on July 11, 2022 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newburyport. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950 is assisting Mr. Crispo’s family with his funeral arrangements.

John Crispo

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