2018-08-08 / Obituaries

James W. Crawford

James W. Crawford, 79, passed away at his Unadilla home on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer. His wife was at his side.

He was the son of Julia Kovacs Crawford Clowens and Edward L. Crawford. Born in Brier Hill, Pa., in 1939, he moved with his mother to Bridgeport, Conn., as a young child. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for two years. He married Jane Ann Lloyd Kornbrust in December of 1992. Jim enjoyed fishing and hunting. In later years, he loved to stop at garage sales, go to various casinos, and play cards with his friends. He retired as a corrections officer from Putnam County Dept. of Corrections in Carmel.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Ann Crawford, his daughter, Dawn (Raymond) Leslie, Hughsonville, and their two daughters, Amanda and Amber Leslie; a stepdaughter, Evelyn (Christopher) Cecil, Yorktown Heights, and their two daughters, Elise & Morgan Cecil; a stepson, Peter Kornbrust and his partner, Jay Soodek, Redding, Conn. and their son, Brendan Gustav; and a sister, Jeanne Rizzoli.

He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Edward L. Crawford II, his previous wife, Alberta Metta Crawford, a nephew, Edward L. Crawford III and brother-in-law, Donald R. Lloyd.

At Jim’s request, there will be no services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by the Westcott Madden Funeral Home, 123 Main Street, Unadilla.

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