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John Allen Crites, 65, of Fort Ashby, passed away on Aug. 11, 2016, one year ago today after an extended illness.
He was born April 24, 1951, in Cumberland, and was the son of the late Mary Hamilton. He was followed in death by his favorite aunt, Patricia Welsh of Cumberland on Sept 3, 2016.
John was a 1969 graduate of Fort Hill High School and was a lifetime member of the NRA. He had a lifelong love of guns and trains and was an outdoorsman who loved to float the river and hunt in his younger days. His other hobbies included riding his Harley, camping, fishing, train watching and going to flea markets with his fiancee. John had worked for Slusses Auto Parts in Cumberland, then Cumberland Petroleum for several years. In addition, he had worked at Overnite Trucking, Hunter Douglas, Simpson's Auto Parts, Fort Ashby, and at Mulligan's Gun Shop in Ridgeley.
John is survived by his fiancee, Sharon Meadows of Fort Ashby and her sons, Nicholas Meadows and wife, Jackie, and daughter, Lilly of Hudgins, Va., and Ryan Meadows of Fort Ashby. He is also survived by his daughter, Johnna Flinn and husband, Mark; and granddaughters, Kearston and Chloe Flinn of Cumberland; a brother, Mark Crites; and several half-sisters and cousins. In addition, he leaves behind his great friends, Steve Hardman, Bob Volk, Bob Crissey, Terry Mulligan, Bob Farris and Danny Showalter; and many other close friends.
Per his request, he was cremated and there were no services.
He had a great wit and sense of humor and is sadly missed. "You're as free as a bird now."
Published on August 10, 2017
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