BRUNSWICK — James L. Crispin, 84, died peacefully with his wife Ethel by his side on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Jim was born in Boston, MA, on Sept. 15, 1930, to William Chester and Eva (Steele) Crispin. He graduated from Braintree High School in 1948 and Boston University in 1952. He entered the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in 1953 and served on surface ships during the Korean War. Jim remained in the Naval Reserve for 37 years, retiring with the rank of Captain.

Jim joined New England Telephone Company in 1956 and worked in various management positions throughout New England and New York for 34 years, retiring from NYNEX in 1990.

He had been active in the establishment and was a charter member of the United Church of Christ in Norwell, MA, serving on multiple boards and committees over the years. In addition to his church involvement, he served as a volunteer for several organizations throughout his life in Massachusetts and then in Maine. He was a member of the United Lodge #8 of Masons in Brunswick, a Life Member of the Mayflower Society, the Naval Officer Reserve Association, and the Military Officer Association of America. Jim enjoyed fishing, boating, golf and above all cherished the time he was able to spend with his family at their camp on East Pond in Smithfield, ME. He was loved by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert C. Crispin and W. Donald Crispin, and by his beloved first wife M. Jeane (Creswell) Crispin.

He is survived by his beloved wife Ethel M. (Creswell) Crispin, his daughter Janet and her husband Mark Herrick of Hamilton, MA, his son Dr. John Crispin and his wife Ann of Westport Island, ME, and seven grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be celebrated at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree, MA, in the spring. To share a message of condolence with the Crispin family, please visit Jim’s tribute page at