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.