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Larry Crawford Jr.

August 23, 1973 ~ August 24, 2021 (age 48)

Obituary

Larry Crawford Jr. was truly one of a kind. He had an infectious fun-loving spirit that made people laugh and feel good whenever they were around him. That smile -- the “Larry smile” -- was known amongst all those he knew and loved.

Larry brought joy to so many people. He was a generous soul, and always concerned about the well-being of others. Folks loved being around Larry because he had a gift of gab. And because he was knowledgeable about so many topics, he was like a walking Encyclopedia.
Born in the 70’s, raised in the 80’s, Larry made it a point to live his life by old school rules. These rules were based on the same values and principles he learned from his late grandfather, Thomas Blair, Sr., and honed to fit his lifestyle. As his grandfather would say, “You don’t need a BS (Bachelor of Science) degree, just have your CS, Common Sense,” and Larry did just that, graduating with honors from SOHK, the School Of Hard Knocks.

Although he touched so many lives and hearts, Larry had three main loves and each had a piece of his heart: his wife, Dorian: his queen, his love; his daughter Brielle, Bri: his princess & motivation, his reason for being; and his mother, Deborah: his rock, his guiding light, his soulmate.Larry would do anything for his family and was a great husband, father and son. He loved and cared for Dorian, who he protected and provided for. Bri, his pride and joy, a quintessential daddy’s girl. Larry would often be heard bragging (and dreading) Bri growing up. He was Bri’s ultimate fan, supporter and coach. And then there was Deborah, “Momma”, the center of his universe.

Larry worked in several jobs but found a home at ShopRite. He took pride in his store and was a valued employee so much so that he worked his way up through the ranks and became Grocery Manager. It was well known that “if you can’t find it on the shelf, call Larry!”
Native son of the city of Elizabeth, Larry never forgot his roots. Although he moved to Pennsylvania to raise his family, he kept in touch with his Elizabeth family & friends. He maintained a strong and unbreakable bond with Lew and Tyshon, his brothers in friendship. Friends since early childhood, they all had each others’ back. When Larry moved to PA, he cultivated new friendships.

Larry will forever be in the hearts and minds of his dear wife, Dorian; his beautiful daughter, Brielle Skye; his faithful companion, Duke; his loving mother, Deborah Blair-Crawford and his father, Larry Sr.; Grandmother-in-law Dolly Langhorn; Mother and Father-in-law, Courtney and Scott Harris; Sister-in-law TJ; Uncles Thomas Blair, Jr. (Sharon); Ernest Blair/”Unc” (Teresa); Leonard Blair; Wayne Crawford (Vonda); Isaac Crawford; Terrence Crawford; Cain Crawford; Grand Aunt Flora Bonner (George); Aunts Cynthia Dixon (Leroy); Elzona Crawford; Liz Small; Ann Crawford; Signora Crawford; Tracey Crawford, and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.

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