WESTPORT ISLAND — Benjamin F. Crehore III, 77, died at his home on June1 doing what he loved best, shooting.
He was born in Hartford, Conn. on Oct. 10, 1934, to Benjamin F. II and Gladys Knowles Crehore. He grew up in Manchester, Conn., and graduated from Manchester High School in 1952. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1957, master’s degree in 1961 and his certificate of advanced study in 1966 all from the University of Connecticut.
On Feb. 23, 1959, he married Sandra Jean Smith in Mansfield, Conn., and together they raised three children.
He began his teaching career in 1957 in Swanton, Vt. The family later moved back to Connecticut where he taught in Willimantic, Conn., and then for 10 years in Colchester, Conn. In 1969, he accepted a contract with SAD #75 where he taught mathematics for 25 years, first at the Cone Elementary School in Topsham and then at Mt. Ararat, retiring in 1993.
Crehore was active in all of the towns he lived in, serving on school boards and numerous town boards. He was a third-degree Mason and belonged to Morning Star Lodge A.F. and A.M. in Litchfield and to Crescent Chapter #54 of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of the National Education Association, the Maine Education Association, the Maine Education Association Retired, the Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association and the Lincoln County Retired Educators Association.
He was a lifelong competitive target shooter and he was involved with the Lincoln County Rifle Club, serving as president in 2003. Eye problems led to problems which led to cutting back in his competitive shooting, but in January 2012 he had a partial corneal transplant in his left eye and in March took second place in a 200 .22 match with a perfect 200 out of 200 with nine centers.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Cynthia Crehore.
Crehore is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra; children, Benjamin F. IV and his fiance, Ronabelle Mobe, Kirsten L.C. Figueroa and her husband, Steven and Karen Sue Thomas and her husband L. Todd; grandchildren, Bryce T. and Emily S. Thomas and Samuel T. Figueroa; sister-in-law, Susan C. Smith; brother-in-laws, Bruce DeWyk and Joseph A. MacDougald; nieces and nephews; cousin, Frank P. Brown; and a legion of friends.
A tribute to Crehore will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship fund of the Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Judy Michaud, 20 Tedford Road, Topsham.