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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 5:00 pm

Crawford McClue was 100 years old when he passed away on July 10. The late Ahwatukee Foothills resident was a World War II Navy pilot, a music enthusiast, a father and more.

As was his request, McClue did not want a service and requested to be cremated.

Among his accomplishments, McClue founded the Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band 20 years ago. He is survived by his son Michael, 64.

McClue's closest blood relative, his nephew Gary Davies, said he spent a lot of time with his uncle, who he described as a "war hero."

"My wife and I would take him to dinner or go over and cook out with him," said Davies, who lives in Ahwatukee Foothills. "You could write a book about this man. For one thing he hit his first hole-in-one right over at the Ahwatukee Country Club when he was 75."

McClue flew sea planes in World War II and left the service with the rank of lieutenant commander.

"He took pride in his alertness. He did crossword puzzles all the time to keep his mind sharp. He ate the right things and was a perfect example of health," Davies said.

The Ahwatukee Concert Band performed its 20th anniversary celebration on June 30 in honor of McClue, who was in a coma during the event.

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