Robert Crawford: Modest, Helpful,
Eppolito has dozens of reasons to call her father, Robert
Crawford, great: He would stand outside Brooklyn churches
in all kinds of weather, selling raffle tickets to
benefit St. Rose's Home, a cancer hospital. When he was
honored for his work, he would not want to be in any
He told her, when she was little, "It's more important
to listen to what people are saying than it is always to
He was a firefighter for 32 1/2 years.
"You could ask him about anything, like how does a
refrigerator work, and he would be able to sit there and
put it into pieces you would understand," she said.
When Mrs. Eppolito's daughter, Alexandra, was born,
Mr. Crawford took flowers in a vase with the Virgin Mary
on it. He taught Alexandra her address by the time she
was 2. He called her Poo Poo, and at 62, played Barbies
"To describe my father as great, that's not even a
good enough word," Mrs. Eppolito said. "I was lucky for
him to be my father. There is no other man that, in my
eyes, could stand up to him."