The Rev. Dr. Robert Henry Crewdson passed away at Sunnyside Retirement Community on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

He had two sons, Mark Allen and his spouse, Judy, and Robert Lee and his spouse, Jennifer. Together they had six grandchildren.

“Father Bob” or “Dr. Bob” as he was known, graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in chemical engineering and worked a short time for DuPont in Parlin, N.J. He volunteered for the military draft, trained as a hospital corpsman, then served aboard the U.S.S. Orion. While in the Navy, he married Lois Ellen Perkins, an author, and award winning artist and poet, who predeceased him in 2018.

Following service in the Navy, Fr. Bob received his Master of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary, while working as a capitol police officer. He later received an additional master’s degree and a DMin from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond.

He served four parishes in Virginia, including chaplain and also as celebrant of the Taize service at Grace Church in Lexington. While in the Diocese of Virginia, he served as chair of the Evangelism Commission and with others, he conducted healing and preaching missions. While in the Carolinas, he served as the ecumenical officer and was instrumental in bringing the Episcopal Church into full communion with the Moravian Church.

While in Rockingham County in the 1960s, he was involved in civil rights, serving as vice president of the Rockingham County Citizens on Human Relations, trying to achieve peaceful integration.

Fr. Bob helped establish the Diocesan Appalachian Trail Camps for senior high youth in some of the dioceses he served and through the Virginia Council of Churches as well as most of his parishes. His lifelong hobby was hiking the Appalachian Trail with youth in his churches, his sons, spouse, and grandchildren. He was a founder of the Conerstone Coffee House in Manassas to reach Youth on drugs and also worked with the youth leaders of the J.C. Power and Light Company, which was part of the Jesus Movement.

He loved the valley of Virginia and was glad to retire to Sunnyside, only 15 minutes from the first parish he served, consisting of St. Stephen and Good Shepherd at Rocky Bar and Grace at Lynwood, both of which he enjoyed attending.

His memorial service was held at St. Stephen and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Rocky Bar Sunday, July 31. The burial was private at Oak Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Stephen and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 584, Elkton, VA 22827 or Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 7120 Ore Bank Road, Port Republic, VA 24471

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory. N-G

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