Michael Frederick Crandall, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, died on January 5, 2021. He was 71.

 

Mr. Crandall was born on January 30, 1949 in the Bronx to Alfred and Margaret (Siano) Crandall. Michael was a Vietnam Veteran who was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of The Stamford Train Club at St. Johns Church. He loved motorcycles and building extraordinary items with his talent of wood work and train building skills.

 

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Belinda (Giangrande); his daughter Tawnee; his son Kristian; his granddaughter Lennix; and his sister Christine. With additional love from his son and daughter in law Marco and Venus; and sister-in-law Dustin. Michael also was loved by his nieces Tammy and Jennifer and nephews Griffin, Kyle, and Cody. He was an amazing friend for those who knew him for 5 minutes or 40 years.

 

Visiting will be Wednesday 4-8pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Interment will be private.

 

The family has requested contributions in his memory to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

or The American Cancer Society

 

“Every move I make, every step i take I’ll be seeing you.
My heart, the love of my life, My soul mate. Your Bin.” (wife)

“Michael lived life to the fulliest and always ready to help anyone who needed it. He always smiled while working with hs hands and crafting things of wood.”(sister)

He enjoyed traveling on his motorcycle and seeing interesting places and making friends along the way”(sister)

Michael was a loving and devoted husband and the love and light in Belinda’s life

The first love of his daughter and son( Children)

Thank you for being my role model and never leaving my side( Kristian)

The best dad and grandfather, We love you always (Krristian and Lennix)

A smile and glow to his granddaughter “I love you Gunka”(Lennix)

Forever my big brother and Protector, We will miss you( Your Broomhilda)

You were the best father and I love you with all that I am. Thank you for being my Angel on earth and now you are my Angel. I will always remember your butterfly kisses( Tawnee)

A consistent unconditional love and precence to his daughter in law and granddaughter(Venus and Lennix)

A father to his son in-law- (Marco)

My Dynamite friend, I will miss you- (Livio)

A positive and helping person to all those whom cherish his friendships( All his loved friends)

A beautiful and kind heart that I will miss everyday and will always hear your voice in my head “think ahead kid” (Venus)

My uncle was a great man and loved his toys! He had a special passion for model trains. I have fond memories as a kid playing with the set he built “(Griffin)

I remember childhood memories of playing in the yard and having fun with his big dogs and making christmas extra special as our secret funny santa( Tammy and Jennifer”)

Uncle Mike cared deeply for his family and he was such a funny man. I’ll miss his sense of humour and our family will miss the love he had for all of us”. (Kyle)

“He took the roll of patriarch of our family and always came to my rescue without question”. (Dustin)

“You have always been there for me and my Mom”. (Cody)

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  1. David Jaycox on January 11, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Mike was a great person and modeler his craftmanship will live on on the layout at SMRRC
    He will be missed by all!

    • Ted Plonchak on January 12, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      Michael was full of adventure. Even a car ride to the bakery with him was exciting. And yes, I do have car ride stories!
      All my thoughts and prayers are with Michael.

    • Stuart Feurstein on January 13, 2021 at 11:26 pm

      Although I have only known Mike for just a few years through the Stamford Model Train Club, it seems as if I have known him for so much longer than that.
      I will miss his charm, his smile and his great sense of humor. I will miss his friendship.
      I would look foward to spending late Tuesday nights with him talking about anything and everything.
      I will miss him very much.

  2. Ron Terner on January 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    He was like a brother to me.

    • Tawnee Celso on January 12, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Dad my heart is no longer whole Couldn’t ask for a better Father. I was truly blessed . You were my Angel here on Earth and now in heaven. Miss and love you to the moon and back. Life will never be the same without you such an extraordinary Man, Father you will always be in my heart.
      Love your daughter,
      Tawnee

  3. Jim Mardiguian. Stamford Model RR Club. on January 11, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    The model train club room lit up when Mike entered. He put smile on everyone’s face. Always willing to help solve problems with this expertise. We will miss him greatly.

  4. Rocki Gorman on January 11, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Heaven has another funny, fun, talented Angel! I will miss our conversations and his enormous love and dedication to his family. Love you Mike…. our paths will cross again

  5. William Cirrito on January 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Michael, we’ll always remember how well you looked after my sister …..Our love and thoughts are with you…..
    Bill and Joan Cirrito

  6. Toni Jo on January 11, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Mike may you Rest in eternal paradise. You and Belinda always treated me like a daughter and i will take those memories with me forever you building your Trains or your outdoor shed or seeing you and Belinda driving on your motorcycle. I will also remember how ebineser thought he was a human. Forever you live in my heart. Love Toni Jo

  7. John R. Walther on January 12, 2021 at 1:19 am

    I worked with Mike on many many projects at the Stamford Model RR Club. One of our outstanding accomplishments that Mike and I ran was the 2001 National O scale Convention held at The Westin Hotel in Stamford. The convention lasted four days from July 25th until Saturday July 28th, without Mike’s previous experience I don’t think it would have been a success.
    Mike was also our the club Treasurer for decades and always ensured that expenditures were necessary. The club and I will miss Mike but what he added to the club will always be there for all to see.

    • Ana Flores on January 12, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      I worked with Mike for about 10 years at Yamaha he was a very Nice Person, Responsible, Friendly and Caring. Over the years Mike taught me to be stronger and to always keep my head up no matter what, I learned so much from him that I will for ever be thankful for everything he taught me. Mike will be for ever missed! May he rest in peace!!

      • Tawnee Celso on January 17, 2021 at 5:13 am

        Love you

  8. James Cramond on January 12, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I only knew Mike a short time after joining the Stamford Train Club. In that short time,we talked a lot about working on model steam engines, as Mike was in the process of adding details to a project that he was working on.
    I had just completed a scratch built steam engine and we were comparing notes. I learned some pointers on fixing some other engines that were not working as well. Mike was extremely knowledgeable in the workings of model engines.Mike took the time to explain things to me and I was able to use the information I learned from him on other engines as well.
    Great person !
    I will miss him!!

  9. Kathy & Richard Slinsky on January 12, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Mike was a great friend and an incredibly interesting and skilled individual. We saw firsthand how much he loved and cared for his family – what a wonderful person! We were blessed to have had him in our lives both personally and as part of the Stamford Model Railroad Club. We will treasure his memory always.

  10. James r Cirrito on January 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Rest in Peace Michael. You were a great guy. Always selflessly helped the family. You will be greatly missed. See you on the other side.

  11. Aaron Berk on January 13, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I only had the chance to get to know Mike recently, but even my short time with him was very impactful. He was incredibly warm and welcoming when I started coming to the Stamford Model Railroad Club, and he frequently went out of his way to make me feel included. Mike was very generous with his time and knowledge, spending hours and hours working on my models, doing his best to also teach me what he was doing along the way. We also discussed many things non-train related, and he was always super interesting to listen to and learn from. He was always happy to share. I sincerely wish I could have gotten to know him better and for longer. I will miss Mike very much.

  12. John & Mary Stumpfol on January 13, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Rest in peace Mike. Your smile always light up the room even when times were hard. Your kind nature was generous and friendly in helping others. We will truly miss a good friend at the club and in our hearts.

  13. Oto, Melissa and Family on January 13, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    No words can express how sorry we are for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  14. Christine DiLiberto on January 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    You were always there when I needed you. You took a part of me along with Frank mom and dad. I now have 4 angels looking out for me and all of you will always be with me. I miss you all very much. Love you
    Broomhilda

  15. Dominick and Margaret Siano on January 16, 2021 at 4:58 am

    As long as you shall live, Michael will live on through you all. Now he will be with Aunt Margaret and Uncle Fred. May he rest in peace with them. I send you our deepest sympathy.

  16. Evelyn Mills (Doc) on January 18, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    I am blessed to have had Mike’s friendship. The loss of his companionship hurts deeply, but his presence continues for me in memories of his intelligence, his creativity, his sense of humor, his love of family and friends, his deep humanity, and his spirituality. I have one of the beautiful model locomotive engines he made. It sits in a case – a case he made – on one of the bookshelves in my living room. I look at it, and I can feel his presence, and know that I will see him again in another realm.

    I love you Mike.

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