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Brian R. Crawford

Funeral Services were held privately due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, for Brian R. Crawford, who died on Sunday, April 19th at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston due to multi organ failure, he was 51 years old.

Brian was a lifelong East Boston resident. He was educated in Boston Public Schools & was an alumnus of East Boston High School, Class of 1986. Brian worked for Comcast as a Customer Services Representative for approximately 10 years before health issues resulted in him no longer being able to work. One of Brian’s passions was coaching kids. He was a longtime East Boston Little League Coach & East Boston Pop Warner Football.  Brian was “Eastie Proud”, and coaching was his way to give back to his community. He also loved being with his family and friends.

He is the beloved son of Celia (LoRusso) Plagenza & her husband Joseph Plagenza of East Boston & the late Joseph R. Crawford. Devoted husband of Cheryl A. (Borrelli) Crawford of East Boston. Loving father of Joshua R. Crawford of East Boston, Peter P. Penney & wife Melanie of Revere, Daniel A. Penney of Bangor, ME & Stefanie M. Penney of Revere. Cherished grandfather of Michael Penney. Dear brother of Maria Crawford & Robert Crawford both of East Boston. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and many former players & friends.


Funeral Services were Private

Remembrances may be made to Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, 50 Federal Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02110


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  1. Philip mainero
    May 5 2020

    As a dad I entrusted my young son to the care of Coach Brian it was a great decision. The kindness and concern Coach had for my son and the other players made them all feel like they all were important. My son sends his condolence with a heavy heart .So long big guy.

  2. Geraldine Monfalcone
    May 1 2020

    Hi maria and family
    I am sorry about the loss of brian
    My prayers with you and family
    He was a great guy.he also good
    Personality and wonderful person
    To chat with
    I will never forget him
    Love gerry

  3. Beth Zambella
    Apr 26 2020

    Maria,
    My sincere condolences go out to you and. your family for your loss.
    Good bless you.

  4. Ronnie Mattera
    Apr 25 2020

    Im so sorry for your loss Celia Joe Maria and Bobby. Brian was a good guy ❤❤

  5. Mike celona
    Apr 25 2020

    Prayers to family and friends..grew up with brian bowling and was a great teammate and a great baseball coach to all the kids as well…god bless you my friend

  6. Michele Morani
    Apr 24 2020

    Maria and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for all of you. Sending prayers and healing thoughts your way during this difficult time.

  7. Hancock Family
    Apr 24 2020

    Our condolences, we will always remember Brian and our bowling days when we were young…..so many good memories and trophies! Sending love to your family.

  8. Anne Roman
    Apr 24 2020

    My heart is broken for you Maria. You were a prayer warrior during this time and the peace of God will be with him know. God bless you and your family.

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