MORRIS — Harold H. Crumb of Morris died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Harold was born on Harris Hill in the town of Morris on March 12, 1922. He was the son of Virgil W. Crumb and Elsie May (Harris) Crumb. When he was 3 years old, his parents moved from the farm to the village of Morris, which Harold called "home" his entire life. His mother passed away when he was 10.
At an early age (mid-teens) he worked for the Linn Manufacturing Corp. as a night watchman, shop maintenance person, water wheel operator and fireman of the coal- and oil-fed furnaces, working 14 hours each night for three nights a week: Friday, Saturday and Monday. He was thus employed for two years and four months. Morris Central School graduated Harold in 1939.
At the conclusion of his employment, above, he moved to Albany for the purpose of attending Albany Business College, from which he graduated.
During World War II and it conclusion Harold was a member of the New York State Guard, Adjutant General's staff, field finance (payroll) division, being discharged as a technical sergeant.
He was employed for four years during legislative sessions as clerk to Assemblyman Chester T. Backus, and as a statistician in the Education Department in off-times. He worked briefly as a stock transfer tax examiner for the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
In 1945, he joined the state comptroller's newly formed Division of Municipal Affairs, from which he retired in 1988. During this time he served, variously, as chief examiner in the Syracuse and Binghamton geographic areas.
Harold was a lifetime member of the Morris United Methodist Church. He was a Free and Accepted Mason for 60 years, his blue lodge being Butternuts No. 515, and had a similar tenure as a 32 Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Albany. He was also a member of Englewood Elks Lodge No. 2378.
He was a certificated public accountant. Harold was an avid hunter and fisherman. Woodworking was a chief hobby, possibly superseded by construction with stones.
He married Marilyn Ida Whitney in 1951 in Oneonta. They made their home in the village of Morris.
Harold is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn, of 50 years; a daughter, Rebecca M. Crumb of New York City; a son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Pamela Crumb; and granddaughter, Lauren of Carlisle, Pa., a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Shari Crumb; and granddaughters, Elizabeth and Katherine of Sedalia, Colo.; and a half-brother, Stephen of Duncanville, Texas.
A younger brother, Wilmer, predeceased him.
Graveside committal and Masonic services will be at the Hillington Cemetery in Morris at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Morris, with the Rev. Ann Blair officiating.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Morris, NY 13808 or the Masonic Brotherhood Fund, care of Butternuts Lodge No. 515, P.O. Box 288, Gilbertsville, NY 13776.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published in The Daily Star on Sept. 16, 2002.