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David Crabiel

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David Bruce Crabiel (June 19, 1930 – December 1, 2008) was an American Democratic Party politician who served as countywide elected official in Middlesex County, New Jersey for 27 years. He was the youngest brother of J. Edward Crabiel, a former New Jersey Senate Minority Leader and New Jersey Secretary of State.

Family[edit | edit source]

Crabiel's father was Joseph M. Crabiel, who was a Pennsylvania Railroad official and was a member of the Milltown Board of Education and Borough Council.[1] His family settled in Milltown in 1852 and his brother, parents, and grandfather also held in community offices. He was married to Jean Evelyn Rasmussen[2] and later to Mary Varga and had five children.[3]

Early life[edit | edit source]

He was drafted in 1951,[4] and was stationed in Alaska with the Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. He was discharged with the rank of Corporal in October 1953.[5] In a 1999 commencement address at Middlesex County College, Crabiel noted that he flunked out of Rutgers.[6] In the late 1950s, Crabiel worked part time as a county morgue keeper at Raritan Bar Medical Center.[7] He was an undertaker and owned The Crabiel Home for Funerals in Milltown. Crabiel founded the Crabiel Home for Funerals in 1956. He expanded to Rahway in 1960 and Westfield-Cranford in 1966.[1] Crabiel Inc operated six funeral homes in Central New Jersey at the time of Crabiel's death in 2008.[8]

Political career[edit | edit source]

Crabiel was elected to the Milltown Borough Council in 1960, and was re-elected in 1963 and 1966. He was elected Mayor in 1967 and was re-elected in 1970, 1973, and 1976.[9]

In 1974, Crabiel challenged ten-term Congressman Frank B. Thompson, Jr. in the 4th district Democratic primary. He lost 11,317 (65%) to 6,063 (35%).[10]

He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders in 1978. He was elected in 1979, and re-elected in 1982, 1985, and 1988.[11]

In 1986, Crabiel was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 12th district. The race was designated as "targeted" by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[12] He lost to four-term Republican incumbent Jim Courter, 72,966 (63.5%) to 41,967 (36.4%).[13]

Crabiel was defeated for re-election to a sixth term as Freeholder in the Republican landslide of 1991. He was again elected in 1994, and re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006.[14] He died in office, after winning his biggest election victory in November, 2008. Crabiel's death was unexpected, and he was replaced as freeholder director by Stephen J. Dalina.[8]

Community service and legacy[edit | edit source]

Crabiel was a member of a number of boards and civic organizations. He was elected to the board of directors of the North Brunswick Savings & Loan Association in 1972.[15] Other memberships included honorary chairman of the Melvin H. Motolinsky Research Foundation, honorary co-chair of the Middlesex County Human Relations Commission, member of the board of directors of the Cerebral Palsy Association, Lions and Keep Middlesex Moving Inc, North Jersey Transportation Planning Commission Inc, and on the advisory board of the Raritan Valley Workship. He received the Charles A. Lindbergh Transportation Award granted by the State of New Jersey and was honored by the State of Israel and State of Israel Bonds.[3] The David B. Crabiel Scholarship Foundation was established in 1992 for students in Middlesex County. In 2014, the scholarship dedicated the David B. Crabiel Fireplace at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in honor of donations to the hospital by the foundation.[16] In 2009, Middlesex County College began construction on David B. Crabiel Hall in Crabiel's name.[17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Crabiel Funeral Home is Renovated, The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) 11 Sep 1968, page 8, accessed at Newspapers.com, open access
  2. South Amboy Girl to Wed David Crabiel of Milltown, The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) 21 Sep 1952, page 9, accessed at Newspapers.com open access
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bios, David B. Crabiel, The Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey) 27 Apr 2008, page 102, accessed at Newspapers.com, open access
  4. Selectees, The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) 23 Oct 1951, page 18, accessed at Newspapers.com open access
  5. Milltown, The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) 10 Oct 1953, page 2, accessed at Newspapers.com open access
  6. Degrees thrill MCC grads, The Courier-Mews, New Jersey, 27 May 1999, page 1, accessed at Newspapers.com, open access
  7. Medical, The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) 23 Jun 2005, page B2, accessed at Newspapers.com, open access
  8. 8.0 8.1 Racz, Gene. Longtime freeholder director dies at 78, The Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey) 2 Dec 2008, page 1 and 7, accessed at Newspapers.com, open access
  9. "David B. Crabiel". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  10. "Our Campaigns". Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  11. Walsh, Diane (1 December 2008). "Middlesex Freeholder Director David Crabiel is dead at 78". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  12. Salmore, Stephen A. (1989). Candidates, Parties, and Campaigns: Electoral Politics in America. CQ Press. p. 193. ISBN 0871874849. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  13. "Our Campaigns". Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  14. Walsh, Diane (1 December 2008). "Middlesex Freeholder Director David Crabiel is dead at 78". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  15. North Brunswick S&L Board Adds David Crabiel, The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) 11 Sep 1972, page 14, accessed at Newspapers.com, open access
  16. Group dedicates RWJUH's David B. Crabiel Fireplace, The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) 21 Oct 2014 Page B2, accessed at Newspapers.com, open access
  17. Breaking ground on David B. Crabiel Hall, The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) 15 Oct 2009, page 22, accessed at Newspapers.com, open access


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