Robert (Bob) L. Crandall


May 1, 1940~November 19, 2017


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Bob Crandall

Robert (Bob) L. Crandall of Woodinville passed away peacefully on November 19, 2017 with his family at his side. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Bob was born May 1, 1940 in the Kirkland General Hospital to Harold R. Crandall and Lucille B. (Counley) Crandall. At the time of Bob’s birth, his Mom and Dad resided at the “Hollywood Garage in Rural King County” “on Woodenville Redmond Highway” where his Dad was a mechanic. The garage was known as Hollywood Corner Service Station, Mabel’s Tavern and The Hollywood Tavern.

Bob grew up in Kirkland and after graduation from Lake Washington High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1960. While in the Air Force, he studied mechanical, architectural, electrical, civil and structural engineering. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Bob was employed by several engineering and mechanical firms in Seattle.

In 1967, he moved to Vancouver, B.C. became a Landed Immigrant, married his true love L. Ann McFadden from Campbell River B.C. in Vancouver where their first son was born.

In 1975, Bob and family moved to Washington to be close to his aging parents. In 1976 they settled in Woodinville and their 2nd son was born in Seattle the following year.

In 2005, Bob and Ann renewed their wedding vows on April 30 as part of 100 Weddings in Kirkland – a Centennial Event – at the Marina Park pavilion overlooking Lake Washington.

After moving to Woodinville, Bob worked for Bumstead-Woolford/Zurn/Nepco as a mechanical designer for steam and power plants for several years.

He was a real family man, he loved his boys whole heartedly and served as a Cub Scout Den Leader Pack 573, with his love of cars, his favourite cub activity with the boys was the Pinewood Derby, together they came up with some pretty cool looking cars. Bob was quite involved in the boys’ soccer teams for several years and was a coach and an assistant coach while they were in the Northshore Youth Soccer Association. He didn’t miss a game no matter what the weather rain, hail or the occasional snow fall. He enjoyed the outdoors and camping with the boys until they decided they were too old to camp with the parents.

Another love of Bob’s was photography, in the mid-90’s, he pursued photography full time dba Creative Photography & Design. He was a member of The Seattle Professional Photographers Association and served on the board for several years. Weddings and Senior High School portraits were his favourite subjects plus a lot of local scenic photography around the Woodinville area. Bob donated some of his Woodinville photos to the Woodinville Heritage Society. At one time, in the early years, he worked with Carol Edwards, founder of The Woodinville Weekly, contributing photos to the newspaper.

He enjoyed puttering on his cars and showing his 1971 Monte Carlo at car shows throughout the region and Vancouver Island, BC. He was a member of The Rodtiques Car Club where he volunteered taking photos of the cars at The Cruzin’ Colby car show in Everett. He was a member of the Thursday Night Garage Assoc. TNGA – No Rules-No Dues-Just Cruzin’ Fun…a group of car enthusiasts.

Bob is survived by his wife Ann of 45 years, his sons Trevor of Culver City, CA and Kevin (Holly) of Everett.

He will be deeply missed by friends, family and all that knew him. He maintained his wry sense of humor all the way to the end.

The family is especially grateful to the entire staff at EvergreenHealth Hospice Center for their professional and compassionate care.

Friends are invited to sign Bob’s Guest Book at

A celebration is planned for Spring 2018.

Suggestions for remembrances is to Homeward Pet Adoption Center, Woodinville or other charity of your choice.

8 Responses to “Robert (Bob) L. Crandall”

  • Al Chapman says:

    How sad I am to Have lost my good friend Bob Crandall. We were good buddies and I loved to listen to him rattle on about his life. It was never boring when you were talking to Bob. We had a great deal in common with regard to our cars. Bob looked after his like it was a child of his own. He will be sorely missed and no one will ever fill his shoes. He was one of a kind.

  • Mike and Cathy Primeau says:

    Dear Ann and family,
    We are so sorry. Our love and sympathy to you.
    Cathy and Mike

  • Lorraine Smythe says:

    Dear Ann and family,

    Our thoughts are with you. Such a beautiful tribute and what a wonderful life Bob had… When I first met Bob I was so impressed by his knowledge of photography. He took amazing photos, something I will always admire. So sorry for your loss… Love Lorraine and Colin

  • Joy & Bruce & Family says:

    Dear Ann, Trevor, Kevin & Holly our hearts go out to you for your loss. Bob was such a beautiful, talented and loving person and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He took pride in his car which he won many trophies. His photography was out of this world which was so appreciated. We will sure miss all the great visits. He will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Love always Joy, Bruce and Family

  • Dale Mccurdy says:

    Ann, Trevor,Kevin

    I know you’re husband and father is in heaven now looking down on you and is smiling. May he rest in peace.

  • Lonnie & Helen Meadows says:

    Dear Ann, Trevor & Kevin,

    May all your memories of Bob ease your pain in the future. Your dear husband and father is no longer in pain and he’s smiling down and watching over you. May you all find peace soon. You’re in our hearts and prayers. Bob, rest in peace our friend.

  • Seattle Rodtiques Car Club says:

    Ann, Trevor & Kevin,

    Bob was a valued car club member and volunteer. We are saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Our hearts go out to you for the loss of this sweet and talented man. Our sympathy, love and prayers for all of you.

  • Dick Pike and Kay Holm Pike says:

    Bob was a good friend to us both during our L.W.H.S days. Bob took are 50th class reunion picture, it was the best class picture the class of “58′ has every had.

    He will be misses by all.

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