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Frances Crowley, NSW, Australia (1928-2018)

Frances Crowley from Virginia Crowley.JPG

Frances Crowley died 11/6/2018 aged 90. 

He was a man of many born talents, the picture in the background is just one of his paintings. He had his works in major galleries, and he also built models of military World War Two planes, as well as early military figurines. Some of his works are in military museums in NSW and Victoria, Australia. 

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Lori Anne Cowan-Crowley

Lori Anne Cowan-Crowley

Lori Anne Cowan-Crowley

June 4, 1964 to May 7, 2015
The summer issue of the Crowley Clan Newsletter for 2015 is dedicated to Lori Anne Cowan-Crowley born in Peterborough Ontario, Canada, the child of Claire Crowley and Patricia Condon and the sister of Maureen Crowley. She grew up on the family homestead in Otonabee Township in Ontario.
Lori loved going to the Crowley Clan Gathering in 2007 and meeting Crowley's from all over the world. She really enjoyed marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade every year with the Crowley Family Float. Lori was very proud of her Crowley Heritage.
She will be missed.
Editor: Our condolences to Lori's family

The following is from Lori's Obituary

COWAN, Lori  Anne (nee Crowley) (employee of PRHC) 
At the Kingston General Hospital with her family by her side on Thursday, May 7, 2015 in her 51st year. Lori was born and raised in Otonabee Twsp (Crowley Line).  Beloved wife of Darrell for 29 years.  Proud mother of Tania (Jordan Foster), Jennifer (Joshua Williams), and Brent (Kayla Cooper).  Loving and exciting  grandmother of Aislynn.  Cherished daughter of Patricia (nee Condon) and the late Claire and daughter-in-law of Max and Lillian Cowan.   Dear sister of Brian Crowley (Val), Maureen Crowley (Rick Dundas), Catherine Sorroff (Glenn), Joanne Blouin (Pierre) and Robert Crowley (Sam).  Lori will be sadly missed by her brother-in-laws Rick Cowan (Debra) and Brad Cowan (Julie) her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and all who knew her. 

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Thomas John Crowley, from New Inn, Pontypool, Gwent, S.Wales, U.K

Thomas John Crowley from Wales
I'm writing this to inform you of the death of my father, Thomas John Crowley, from New Inn, Pontypool, Gwent, S.Wales, U.K. and would appreciate it if you would kindly pass on this news to the Crowley Clan. For many years dad was a committed member of the Clan and often took the opportunity to visit Ireland for the Crowley Clan gatherings. He loved these gatherings and would speak fondly of his visits to beautiful Ireland and was very proud of the 'Crowley' name.

Unfortunately, over the last couple of years his health deteriorated and on Monday afternoon this week he passed very peacefully away at the grand age of 83 years old.
Please inform anyone who would wish to know that a service for him will be held next Thursday 23 January, 2014 at 10.20 am, at St Alban's Church, Pontypool.
Many thanks.
Yours sincerely,

Anne Crowley

Appeared in Crowley Clan Newsletter, Spring 2014

On 13th January 2014, Thomas John Crowley of New Inn. Beloved husband of the late Meta, devoted father of Anne, Ruth and Elizabeth, much loved grandfather of Jackson, Ben, Morgan and Isabella. 

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Col. Donal Francis Crowley (Former Clan Taoiseach)

Sister Anne Marie Crowley has informed us that her brother, Col. Donal Francis Crowley, died on December 13, 2010 in Dunlaoghaire, Dublin. "He had been ill for some time and being the old soldier that he was, he fought a long tough battle. Finally and peacefully his dear soul took flight into eternity. His requiem Mass was celebrated by the chief army chaplain of the Free State Army, Father Eoin Thyne who extolled Donal's virtues and emphasised his love for his family, his country and for the life in the army.

"His wife Kay, his son Ross, his three daughters, Sharon, Janet and Elva were present. Also present, were six of his eight sisters and one of his brothers-in-law. His two surviving brothers were not well enough to make the journey. There were many of his friends from the army including the only survivor of those who were with him in the Congo in 1959/62. He had a military funeral. It was most impressive to see six young soldiers carrying the coffin which was draped in the tricolour, surmounted by his hat and ceremonial sword."


By Marian Crowley Chamberlain, Crowley Clan Newsletter, March 2011

More about Donal

CROWLEY (Blackrock, Co. Dublin and late of Barryroe, Co. Cork) - December 13, 2010 (peacefully), in the loving care of all the staff at St Michael's Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Donal (Dan) (Lt. Col. retired), dearly loved husband of Kay (Toal), devoted father of Sharon, Jan, Ross and Elva and grandfather of Molly, Joshua and Daniel; deeply regretted by his sons-in- law Hugh and Nagui and large extended family. 

Letters from Niemba: Irish troops in the Congo, 1960

The Congo—later known as Zaire, but now officially the Democratic Republic of the Congo—was colonised from 1878 at the personal behest of King Leopold of Belgium. By the early twentieth century, reports—including one by Roger Casement, then a British diplomat and later a key figure in the 1916 Rising—exposed the savage exploitation of its people and resources by the commercially driven rubber plantations and mining companies. The ensuing scandal forced King Leopold to relinquish control to the Belgian government. By 1955, owing to Congolese pressure, the Belgians were considering long-term plans to transfer power. Within five years they had reacted to increasingly strident demands by quickly granting independence..


A week later, on the evening of 4 October, Niemba was looted by Katangan gendarmerie and many Baluba were massacred. A UN patrol sent to check the situation discovered an abandoned town, and it was decided to establish a small post there to encourage the local population to return, and to protect them if they did. Two days later, Lieutenant Kevin Gleeson, aged 30, and half his platoon—including Gaynor—left Kamina for Albertville, and on 8 October set up base at Niemba.

In a letter finished on 1 November, Gaynor wrote to his relatives about the violence in the area; he describes discovering bodies that ‘had been ripped open’ and ‘young men that they had cut the legs off below the knees and forced them to walk around in a big circle before they eventually opened their heads with a chopper’. He notes that the perpetrators, whom he thought were in some cases Baluba, had left: ‘When we came they had left and most of the places were burned down and we had to bury and burn 17 bodies and what a job. Most of the villages were deserted and we had to search each one looking for bodies.’

There is little doubt that these details must have alarmed his relatives, as well as giving an insight into the risks of stationing the soldiers at Niemba. Lt-Col. Donal F. Crowley, then a captain, remembered going by train to Niemba on 3 November. At five train stations there were only women and children—but no men—to be seen. When they disembarked at Niemba, he recalled that ‘a Land Rover approached promptly and we had a big handshake and fáilte from the driver, Sergeant Hugh Gaynor and Pte Jim Creagh’. Crowley states that Gleeson noted that an interpreter was needed for negotiating with local chiefs and while on patrol. In addition, there was an increased armed Baluba presence in the countryside and a jumpy Irish sentry accidentally wounded a local Baluba youth, who survived his head wound.

Read more at History Ireland.

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Barrett MacDougall

Meg Lynch, Portland, Oregon (Meg.Lynch@oregonmetro.gov):

Dear Crowley Clan Members:

I am sorry to inform you that Barrett MacDougall died of natural causes on April 24, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. He is sorely missed.
Barrett attended several of the Crowley gatherings, and I had accompanied him on two of them. We were making plans to attend the 2010 gathering in Kinsale. At the last one we attended in Bantry, we stayed at Atlantic Shore B&B with other guests there for the gathering. Barrett was thrilled to learn that the other guests were shirttail Crowley relations from Ontario.

Editor's Note: Our condolences go out from the Crowley Clan to Barrett's friends and relatives. Crowley Clan Newsletter, Autumn 2010


MacDOUGALL, Barrett July 07, 1940 - April 24, 2010 Barrett MacDougall of Portland, was born July 7, 1940, to Alexander Barrett MacDougall and Dorothy Helen Flynn MacDougall in Grand Forks, B.C. He died April 24, 2010, of natural causes, in Portland. He received a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of British Columbia, and a master's degree in urban planning and a doctorate in urban studies from Portland State University. He taught geography, political science and urban economics at universities in Wisconsin, Texas, Oregon and New Brunswick. He worked for the federal Economic Development Administration, the Oregon Economic Development Department and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, from which he retired in 2002. He was a warm and loving man, extremely intelligent, generous and compassionate, with a lively wit, a great sense of humor and strong opinions. He was loved, liked and respected. He loved to travel and read and was an avid supporter of University of Portland women's soccer. He is survived by his former wife and close friend, Meg Lynch, and the extended Lynch family, for whom he was a son, brother, uncle and cousin. He is further survived by family in British Columbia, elsewhere in Canada and in Australia, chief among them Maureen and Bill Murphy-Dyson and their children; Kathleen and Ed Pickard and their children; Sophie and Jim McDougall; and Kay and Dave Crellin. He is also survived by legions of friends, who were blessed to know him. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, in St. Agatha Catholic Church, 1430 S.E. Nehalem St., Portland, OR 97202. Remembrances may be made to St. Vincent de Paul; Oregon Food Bank; Southwest Indian Foundation; or the University of Portland women's soccer program. 

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Jack Melton Croley
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Jack Melton Croley

Jack Melton Croley 1927-2008

The following obituary appeared in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on 21 June 2008.
James Melton Croley Jr., 81 Sarasota, formerly of Colorado Springs, Colo., died June 19, 2008.
A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Iris; sons Jeff of North Port and Michael of Daytona Beach; a brother, James C. of Ft. Smith, Ark.; sisters Myrtice Ford, Ermigene Clarkson and Jonell Kitchen, all of Sarasota, Virmell Carson of Lakeland Ga., and Jimmie Lee Smith of Salisbury, N.C.; and a granddaughter.
The Crowley Clan sends our deep sympathy to Jack’s family

Previous news about Jack

Sarasota, Florida Hosts Crowley Clan Gathering
Jack Croley of Sarasota, FL went to the Crowley Clan Gathering in Clonakilty last September 2007, and he had a great time. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to host a Clan Gathering in the USA.

“Sarasota is a great city,” said Jack. “And it has nice weather in late September.” Jack has scheduled the Florida Crowley Clan Gathering for the weekend of September 26th to the 28th. And he is negotiating with local hotels for a good rate on accommodations. Crowleys, Croleys, and Crawleys from Canada, Ireland, and the United States have expressed interest in the weekend. Jack has packets of information ready to mail, and if you’d like to be on his mailing list you can call him at 914-378-0208, or write him at:
4608 Masefield Pl., Sarasota, FL 34241.


Remembering “Jack” Croley

On June 19, 2008 the Crowley Clan lost a valued member and an enthusiastic supporter of all things Crowley/Croley. James Melton “Jack” Croley died in Sarasota, FL at the age of 81.
The photo here is of Bridget Crowley from New Zealand and Jack Croley, at the Crowley Clan Gathering in 2007.

The news of Jack’s passing was received with shock and sadness by Crowleys/Croleys worldwide. At the time of his death Jack was in the midst of planning a Crowley Clan Gathering in Florida scheduled for September 2008. With his usual energy and enthusiasm, Jack had an eventful weekend planned. Members from several countries were planning on attending. Unfortunately, the gathering had to be cancelled.

Many of us met Jack at the Crowley Clan Gathering in Clonakilty last September. He was a very friendly man who had great pride in his family and in his heritage. He will be missed.
Jack’s niece Latrelle Smith writes: “He was the guy with the trademark smile, and his greatest joy was getting the family together once a month to celebrate birthdays and to catch up on all the family news.

“I’ll always remember seeing him in one of his notorious jumpsuits stepping out of his little red truck with a cheerful ‘hello’. He enjoyed his life to the fullest and we/I miss him so much.
“He had so many interests including writing music, raising horses, and traveling. He was a proud Marine, and had served his country.”

Some comments from Crowleys around the world include:
“We spent some time with him in Ireland and enjoyed his spunk. We several times passed on the stories he told us about his driving from Dublin airport to Clonakilty by himself…at 80! We were so impressed. We remember how excited he was about bringing his audio recordings from the Crowley Clan activities back to his family in Florida.” 
“Personally, I will miss Jack.” 
“That is so sad. He was such a nice guy.  He looked so much like my late Dad. I send all the best to the family.” 
“I am sorry to hear of Jack's death, and I was hoping to make it to the reunion.”   

Crowley Clan Newsletter July & November 2008                

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Kitty Horgan
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Kitty Horgan

Remembering Kitty Horgan

By Sunny Crowley

Kitty was the first person I met at my first Crowley reunion in 2005. She sparkled at me and I called her cousin. We seemed to talk and talk. I felt an immediate connection to this lovely, bright and interesting woman. Her husband and life partner Tim Horgan was as interesting as she. I sat with them at JJ's bar one night and then gave them a ride back to where they were staying. We talked about many things, my love of Ireland and their love of horses. I love horses, and they love Ireland too, of course, but you get the idea. During that Clan Gathering one of the horses they had bred won an event in the Olympics. Kitty was very excited about that.

On a later trip I met with Kitty at a Crowley Clan Council meeting. She was wonderful to me once again. It was as if we had known each other a long while. She invited me over to an early dinner before I went back to Hawaii and I was delighted to accept her offer. When I arrived, Tim, Kitty and I talked about their land, their family, their life together, and how they had traded horses their entire lives. Kitty told of hauling a huge trailer full of horses across the Irish Sea on the Ferry to grazing land they had in England. She and Tim did this many times. Kitty would stay with the horses for the season or until the sale. She told me stories about slinging hay, and feed bags, and much more. I could just imagine that spry and so full of life woman doing all those things.

While we were talking over dinner Tim offered to show me their country place on the ocean in Clan Cool Beg, Bandon, near Liam and Martin Crowley homes. So off we went and oh what an adventure. Kitty was quite the driver! I would be happy to share with you the beautiful photos I took of Kitty at sunset opening and closing the gate locks and trudging through the fields with me. Email me at sunnyc8@gmail.net and I will email them to you.

I felt honored that they asked if I was interested in buying this family land. I regret not being able to buy that land as it was a life's dream to me. I will always cherish my memories of Kitty Horgan and am grateful for the time I was able know her and she me. I will miss her and pray that Tim stay well and with us for a bit longer. I know he and his family miss her a lot more than I.

This appeared in the Crowley Clan Newsletter, November 2006


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Father Thomas J Crowley of Buffalo, NY (1926-2004)

Ann Plant, Warren, Ohio, USA: I want to report the death of my uncle. Father Thomas J. Crowley, of the Diocese of Buffalo, NY, died on Oct. 24, 2004, at the age of 78. He was born April 22, 1926, in Buffalo, the son of Francis and Loretta Dowd Crowley. After completing his studies at Niagara University in 1951, Fr. Tom was ordained in the Buffalo Diocese.

From the time of his ordination, he was very involved working with the Native American Indians of the Seneca Tribe. He helped them with civil rights, AA, and spiritual needs. On March 28, 1976, at the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Irving, NY, the tribe officially adopted him giving him the name of "The Dropping Snow", an event he took great pride in. He was a man of great faith who loved his family and will be missed by many throughout the area.


CROWLEY, REV. THOMAS J. October 23, 2004
age 78, Retired senior associate of Immaculate Conception Church Wellsville, NY.Beloved son of the late Lauretta (nee Dowd) and Francis J. Crowley. Dear brother of Jane M. (Bernard J.) Bunny and the late Rosemary Balk, Francis M. Crowley, Arthur Crowley and Eleanor Balk. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the (DELAWARE CHAPEL) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC. 1132 Delaware Ave. (near W. Ferry St.) and Wednesday 9:00-10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Church where a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Church (Delaware& Utica) Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo will be principal celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired memorials may be made to the Sheehan Priest Residence 330 Linwood Ave. Buffalo, New York 14209. On-line guest register at www.AmigoneFuneral.com.

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