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Howell Gardner “Tom” Crim Jr. of Gloucester, entered his heavenly home on Friday, May 31, 2024. Born on October 30, 1933 in Washington, D.C., to the late Catherine Isabelle Long and Howell G. Crim Sr. With one exception, he attended D.C. public grade schools, Fairfax County, Virginia, Mount Vernon High School and George Washington University School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering in 1957. After retirement in 1991, he and his family moved to Gloucester, Va. An active member of Providence Baptist Church as Deacon, Sunday School Director, and Chairman of four pastor search committees. Served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity in constructing seven area homes. He enjoyed woodworking, sailing his boat, and the fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ. He met Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower because his father was Chief Usher in the White House Executive Mansion from 1938 to 1956. During the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade school years (1942-1945), he attended Woodward School for Boys at 1736 G Street, just three blocks from the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. School days started early, commuting to the White House with his father and waiting in his office until it was time to walk to school. After school, he walked back to the White House to stay in Dad’s office until it was time to drive home. Became a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia in 1961.

Lived in Fairfax County, Va., from 1944 to 1991 and was employed by Potomac Electric Power Co. (PEPCO) in power plant design, startup, operation, and production efficiency optimization (33 years) until retirement in 1990. Developed and managed a 55-person engineering department, which gained utility industrywide recognition as manager of a $10,000,000+ Electric Power Research Institute demonstration project on power plant performance. In addition to his parents, sister, Catherine Isabelle Crim Hall, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Jane Seehorn Crim, and sons, Howell G. Crim III, and Matthew A. Crim; grandsons, Alexander Lee Crim and Jacob William Crim; nephews, Howell G. Hall and wife Laura N. Hall, and Steven E. Hall; nieces, Cathleen H. Raines and husband Robert W. Raines, and Laura E. Davis. A graveside service, conducted by Pastor Nate Varnadore, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. In memory of our loved one, contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity Gloucester-Mathews, 3727 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Hayes, Va. 23072.
Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.