Cullen Held “Cuffy” Crabbe, 77, husband of Suellen Raymaley Crabbe, passed away peacefully on the 20th of December 2021 at their home in Patagonia, Arizona.
Cuffy was born in Santa Monica, California on September 4, 1944, the son of the late Adah Virginia Held Crabbe and the late Clarence Linden “Buster” Crabbe. Cuffe graduated from Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY, and attended Arizona State University.
Cuffy was preceded in death by his sister Caren Lynn “Sande” Crabbe. Cuffy is survived by his sister Susan Ann Crabbe Fletcher (William C.), two daughters Sandra Crabbe Pullen (Tony) and Lindsay Crabbe Sims (Dustin), son Cullen Crabbe, stepson Clay Linn, and eight grandchildren.
Cuffy lived a full life. As a young actor with his father, Buster Crabbe, in “Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion,” he lived in Italy. “The French Foreign Legion” starred Buster Crabbe in the title role, and Cuffy played his adopted son and the Legion mascot. There were 65 episodes released from 1955 through December 1957.
From an early age he enjoyed sports of all kinds from hockey and football to water sports. As an adult, Cuffy loved to race anything with an engine, particularly motorcycles and vintage race cars. Over the years he worked in real estate, and owned the Luxury Wheel Company in Tempe as well as a car transport business. In retirement, he continued to be an avid motorcycle and car enthusiast.
He never lost his zest for life and was loved by many. Cuffy was well known for his dance moves, great storytelling, kind heart, sharp wit and bear hugs!
Cuffy’s body was cremated, and there will be a celebration of life at a future date.