George Cremin, of the Yankee Clipper barber shop in Lower Township, shaves Craig Pilczuk, of North Cape May, during a St. Baldrick's head-shaving event at Lower Cape May Regional High School in 2011.

Press photo by Michael Martin, March 22, 2011

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — A 38-year-old Lower Township man died Tuesday after the car he was driving crashed into two utility poles, police said Wednesday.

George Cremin, a local barber, died at the scene after his black Honda CRV drifted from the northbound lane of Route 47 onto the shoulder of the road, police said. The vehicle struck a utility pole then continued north, rolling over and flipping into a second pole.

“He was a good community man,” Lower Township Councilman Tom Conrad said Wednesday about Cremin. “He’s going to be missed. He was one of those guys that was always there.”

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Cremin, of the Villas section of the township, was known for his involvement in the Lower Cape Little League program, where he served as a coach.

Bruce Fournier, treasurer of the league, said Cremin helped with the league for several years. Yankee Clipper, the barbershop operated by Cremin and his brother on Bayshore Road, had been a team sponsor.

“He was a nice guy, a family guy,” Fournier said of the father of two.

Mayor Mike Beck offered his thoughts and prayers to the Cremins family.

“I’ve been getting my hair cut there for (18) years,” Beck said of his visits to Yankee Clipper, where Cremin was his barber.

“You gotta wear your armor when you go there. They pick on everybody,” Beck said fondly. “It’s a place where a lot of guys go and socialize.”

Another customer, Tom Brown, said he was shocked to hear of Cremin's death.

“He was my barber for years, and his father before him,” Brown said. “Everybody’s just devastated. They’d do anything to help anybody.”

Beck credited Cremin with helping the township when it had to deal with a motel that had been a source of trouble in the community. Cremin and his brother assisted with a petition drive to get the problem under control, Beck said.

Middle Township police received several 911 calls reporting a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 47 in the Goshen section of the township at 2:51 p.m. Tuesday.

Cremin was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Candice Keating, 32, also of Villas, was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center.

There were no witnesses at the scene. Police ask anyone who saw the crash to call Middle Township police at 609-465-8700.

The Goshen and Cape May Court House volunteer fire companies, medics from AtlantiCare, Middle Township Rescue and fire police from the Green Creek Volunteer Fire Company all responded to the scene.

The crash is being investigated by Patrolman John Norton, along with the Middle Township Fatal Crash Unit and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

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