Andrew Wedmore Crowley was born to the late Eleanor Oshier Crowley and John Vincent Crowley in Syracuse, New York on November 6, 1955 and grew up in Central New York. As a boy, Andrew loved to read and books “ran in the family” as both his parents were librarians. He used his imagination to build inventions with whatever materials he could find and created his own money and stamps for a family game, a precursor to his coin and stamp collections. He led his three younger sisters on many fun adventures. As a boy, Andrew was an avid hiker, gained an appreciation for books and gardening from his parents, and was a boy scout. In high school, he was the second ranked wrestler for his weight class in New York State. He went to college at 17 to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1977 and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1984. He was an avid member of the Outing Club and ran on the Cross Country team.
After college, Andrew was recruited to serve in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer. He was based in Groton, Connecticut and Holy Loch, Scotland. He served on active duty from 1977 – 1983 during the Cold War completing 5 missions on the U.S. S. Daniel Webster as the Assistant Engineering Officer and the Safety Officer. He continued to serve the nation in the U.S. Naval Reserve and retired with over 20 years of service in 2000 with the rank of Lt. Commander. In his civilian career, he was a Project Manager for the design, production and installation of simulation systems for nuclear power plants for Honeywell and SingerLink. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1994 and a certificate in Japanese Language from the Bread Loaf School of Languages of Middlebury College.
Andrew married Jane Rafferty Durney on September 30, 1995. They met in Baltimore in the historic Otterbein neighborhood near the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards. Andrew literally married the girl next door. In 1996 they bought a small farm and moved to Monkton, Maryland, 20 miles north of the city. There they began a family when George Billion Crowley was born in 1997. Andrew retired to be the “stay at home dad” and became a landlord for the Baltimore condominiums. Jane’s career took the family to Cincinnati in 2000 and their second son, Jack Rafferty Crowley was born in 2001.
Andrew had a broad intellect and varied interests. He had a huge library including a serious collection of over 5000 Natural History and Agriculture volumes, hundreds of cook books, and many science, history and other non-fiction titles. He was a Master Gardner. He loved to hike and in 1993 completed over 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He was a great cook making all the family holiday feasts, his own tomato sauce, gazpacho, and perfect roast chicken. He was an avid environmentalist and supported many progressive causes.
Andrew loved to travel with his family, on his own or with friends. Family trips included vacations in France, the Adirondacks, Maine, Hawaii, and St. Martin as well as many cities in the U.S. With a navy friend, he traversed the Inter-Coastal waterway and hiked many mountains and canyons in the Southwest on his own and with Jane.
The center of his life was his family and raising his sons. He was a constant presence in their lives from infancy to their teenage years. He devoted himself to them - bedtime reading sessions, countless school runs, and lacrosse matches. He taught them about everything from beekeeping to solar panels and built character by word and example: the importance of kindness and being here now (“ici maintenant”). He was generous to strangers in need, causes he believed in, and friends. He delighted in finding and giving the perfect gift.
Andrew was a brave and committed cancer patient, enduring 9 months of aggressive treatment under the care of the GI Oncology team at the Mayo Clinic. In the words of his medical oncologist, “Andrew was among my best patients ever – engaged, dedicated and without complaint. Be sure that he knows that the recurrence of his cancer is not due to anything he did or didn’t do, but rather a result of the stage and type of disease at diagnosis. Thank him for his contributions to science as the first patient in an important clinical trial.”
He was a great comfort and support to his mother in her final years, enabling her to live independently. In addition to his wife and sons, he is survived by his father and his three sisters Elspeth, Gwyneth and Nan Olivia. He is also survived by his first wife, Melia Loeffler Malachowski. Andrew donated his corneas which have been successfully transplanted and gave someone the gift of sight. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or the Environmental Defense Fund (www.edf.org), both of which earn 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.
Spring Grove Funeral Homes
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11285 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246