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October 24, 2013

Robert Mills Crampton

Robert Mills Crampton

COOPERSTOWN — Robert Mills Crampton, a long-time teacher and avid sportsman, died at his home, "Maple Shade," early Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2013. A loving husband and father, he was 69.

A native of New Jersey, Bob was born May 1, 1944, in Rahway, a son of the late Charles Ward Crampton Jr. and Marion Elizabeth née Mills Crampton. He grew up in Westfield, where he enjoyed playing on little league and pony league baseball teams.

Throughout his youth, Bob enjoyed visiting the Cooperstown area, and with his family were regular summer residents of the Otsego Colony.

After graduating from high school, Bob attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where he earned a bachelor of science degree in economics in 1966. While a student at Lafayette, Bob excelled in sports and other extracurricular activities. During his freshman year he played on the baseball team, and for the next three years was on the golf team, ultimately being named MVP in his senior year. Bob was also a member of the Bridge team and was a social member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Bob later attended Montclair State College where he earned a Master's degree in education. He began his teaching career in 1969, with the Binghamton School District, and taught at the Alexander Hamilton Elementary School until 1973.

Bob and his family then moved to Cooperstown and in September of 1974, he began teaching third grade at the Schuyler Lake School, which was a part of Richfield Springs Central School, where he taught until 2004, when he retired.

Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed playing all kinds of sports. He played squash , and as a member of the Clark Sports Center Squash Team, played in many tournaments at the Fort Orange Club in Albany. He also played tennis, which he coached, along with golf, at Richfield Springs; racquetball, table tennis and basketball at the Clark Sports Center.

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