Cynthia Crump Crimmins

  • Born: September 2, 1937
  • Died: November 29, 2020
  • Location: Darien, Connecticut

Lawrence Funeral Home

2119 Post Rd
Darien, CT 06820
Tel. (203) 655-6127

Tribute & Message From The Family

The family of Cynthia Crimmins, a longtime Darien resident, announces with great sadness her death at home on November 29th. She was eighty-three years old. The cause was cancer.

Cynthia was born on September 2, 1937, in New York City to Dr. Walter Gray Crump Jr. and Claire Conroy Crump, the youngest of three children. Her sister Constance (Hume) predeceased her. Her brother Walter Gray Crump III survives her.

She married engineer and executive Kevin B. Crimmins, also of Darien, in 1960. He predeceased her in 2000. She found happiness again with architect J. Arvid Klein, and married him in 2004. He survives her. She is also survived by her three children, Pamela Crimmins of New York City, John Crimmins (Phyllis) of Nokomis, Florida, and Lillian Crimmins Knight (Christopher) of Darien. She was a proud grandmother of five and a great-grandmother of one.

Cynthia grew up in New York City and in Darien. As a child in Darien, she rode at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, often riding across the Auchincloss property (now the Darien Country Club). A lifelong member of Noroton Yacht Club, she loved racing with her brother Walter and her husbands, Kevin and Arvid. She attended New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, CT, Brearley School in New York City, Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT, and Trinity College in Washington, D.C. before earning her BA in English, with a minor in French, at Manhattanville College in 1959. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching of English in Secondary School from Harvard University in 1960.

Cynthia dedicated herself to literacy as a tutor, volunteer, and substitute teacher at local schools. Through the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk,she initiated and later served as the Chairman of the Board of Program One-to-One, a pioneering early childhood language and literacy program. She also served on the boards of Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich and the Darien Library. Cynthia avidly raised funds for programs and causes she cared about, often opening her beautiful home on Long Neck Point for events. In particular, she hosted fundraisers for Family Reentry and Convent of St. Birgitta in Darien after it was devastated by a fire in 2006.

Cynthia's love of travel took her to all corners of the earth and culminated in her serving as the President of Vantage Travel. She was also was a longtime member at Wee Burn Country Club.

A small private burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5. A memorial celebration will follow when circumstances allow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Darien Land Trust at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Cynthia and I worked together in Darien in the 1980's. I admired her so very much. Her grace, mercy and adorable way... Cynthia and her husband's kindness hosting events in their beautiful warm home. On a evening in the winter very cold out her Husband Kevin ran out to us and said you seem like your a couple so in love I have a tip for you... and we have been giving that tip to young married couples ever since. Her love for family, friends and God...have touch many lives. xo

Posted by Sandra B Progano    August 21, 2021

Cynthia and her entire family will always be at the heart of our Darien experience. They welcomed us with warmth and opennness. Cynthia,
Kevin , Pamela, Lucy, and Kevin and the unforgettable Grandfather Holmes
Crimmins became an indelible part of our family.

Cynthia gently fought with grace and dignity to survive her long term illness. She always remained available and open to how you were doing in her conversations. A true lady in the classic sense of the word...gentle, kind and caring of others....

Posted by Rosemarie Reardon - Darien, CT - Friend   February 08, 2021

I’m sorry I didn’t know about Cynthia’s passing. I have fond memories from childhood at the Crimmins’ house on Long Neck Point. Love to all the Crimmins.

Posted by Melissa Sepe Chepuru - Friend   January 27, 2021

Cynthia was such a beautiful soul, she was a very loving and kind person. She was also willing person, she also loved the Lord and enjoyed when we prayed together. She be deeply missed. May her soul rest in peace in Jesus name.

Marco and Enid

Posted by Enid Thompson    December 08, 2020

Dearest Cynthia, I will miss you so much. You were a dear, kind, caring and loyal friend. When we moved to Darien in 1972 you took me in and introduced me to all the fun and interesting things Darien had to offer. You were an amazing role model for me. You were a great listener and a loyal friend. When we moved away, you always welcomed me back. Cynthia all your friends will miss you. Peace, Carol Ziegenhagen

Posted by Carol N Ziegenhagen - Friend   December 03, 2020

In loving memory of a dear friend, I shall always remember her last wonderful visit to my home in France

Posted by Alice Jouve - Classmate   December 03, 2020