Crawford C. Madeira


Crawford C. Madeira, Jr. died peacefully at Beaumont in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on April 15, 2009. He was 90. Mr. Madeira was born in St. David’s, Penn. to Sarah Neilson Madeira and Crawford Clark Madeira. He attended Episcopal Academy, graduated in 1936 from St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., and in 1940 from Princeton University where he was a member of the Ivy Club. During World War II, Mr. Madeira joined the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry and served later as liaison officer with the Chinese Army along the Burma Road. His first marriage, to Constance Bradley, ended in divorce. In 1969, he was married to Helene de Baubigny and together they lived in Brussels, Belgium, while he served as marketing director in the European market region for Monsanto, Inc.

Upon his retirement, they settled in Haverford, Penn. An avid tennis and squash player and an accomplished golfer, he was a long-standing member of Merion Cricket Club and Gulph Mills Golf Club. Mr. Madeira enjoyed summers with family and friends in Northeast Harbor, where he belonged to the Northeast Harbor Tennis Club, Golf Club and Fleet. He was well known for his energy and competitive spirit throughout his long life. Not one to remain idle, he enjoyed rising each day with a “raison d’etre” and thus returned to the work force utilizing his marketing skills at Synthes, Inc., a medical device firm in Paoli, Penn. After retiring for the second time, Mr. Madeira channeled his energy into numerous volunteer activities. He was active in Princeton University alumni affairs and drove for Meals on Wheels. He was a passionate volunteer at Lankenau Hospital where he proudly wore his “5,000 hours” pin. In addition, he was a faithful communicant at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Penn., and at Saint Mary’s by the Sea in Northeast Harbor.

Mr. Madeira was predeceased by his wife and his son, Michael C. Madeira. He leaves three daughters, Constance M. Clark of Farmington, Conn., Marion M. Gogolak of Naples, Fla., and Elizabeth M. Loring of Duxbury, Mass.; two stepdaughters, Mia Homan of Pelham, N.Y. and Madeleine Homan Blanchard of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Lewis N. Madeira of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Harry R. Madeira of Northeast Harbor, Maine; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Penn. on May 9, 2009 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lankenau Hospital, 100 Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, Penn. 19096.

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