Andrew Crowley

Age: 61
Born: November 06, 1955
Died: June 01, 2017

Obituary

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.

Visitation

Location: Spring Grove Funeral Homes
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Additional Info: 11285 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Memorial Service

Location: Spring Grove Funeral Homes
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Additional Info: 11285 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Interment

Location: Oak Hill Cemetery
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Andrew Crowley

Age: 61
Born: November 06, 1955
Died: June 01, 2017
  • Livia Crowley
    Relationship: sister

    Andrew was my big brother. I have many cherished memories that I will never forget. I am comforted knowing Andrew is no longer suffering. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

  • Patricia Oshier Bruening
    Relationship: Cousin

    The last time I saw Andrew was in Colorado when m y father passed away. It had been way too long between visits then and I regret that I was not able to see him after that. He will be missed and though we were a continent apart, we were and always will be family. My love to him and all of his family now and forever.

  • Debra (Oshier) Falasco
    Relationship: cousin

    I did not grow up near Andrew but I seem to remember that he was a kind, gentle soul. He came to our house in Texas to visit once - already a grown man and had much more in common with my father, his uncle, James Lawrence Oshier, than he did all of the teenage girls in the house. Years later when my father passed, Andrew came to his funeral in Colorado and still seemed to be what I remember. The James Lawrence Oshier family fondly sends their condolences and prayers to Andrew's family. May he rest in peace.

  • Pam Cheney
    Relationship: Friend and neighbor

    I would always enjoy talking to Andrew on his many walks through Glendale. We would cover many subjects..family, politics,food, health, books, his pen collection, our old houses. He always made me laugh. I am very sad. My deepest sympathy to Jane, George and Jack. He loved you all so much. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Pam

  • Robyn Carey Allgeyer
    Relationship: Friend and neighbor

    I am just so sad to hear of Andrew's passing. I miss our long talks about a myriad of subjects. He is truly one of the most fascinating people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He loved gardening and shared many tips and resources with me. As Pam Cheney mentioned in her tribute, it is evident that nothing mattered more to Andrew than his family. I am just grateful I had the pleasure of knowing him. My deepest sympathy to you, Jane, and the boys. My heart breaks for you. At least his suffering is over.

  • David & Rachel Schmid
    Relationship: neighbor

    Jane We are so terribly sorry for your loss. I sent the news on to Margaret and Marty in NJ. Samuel has fond memories of his preschool years with Jack. We hope your boys are coping.

  • Gwyneth
    Relationship: Sister

    Remembering all of our adventures today and everyday... You created fun and games for my sisters and I when we were growing up! We also had our talks and disagreements. I wish I could have talked with you more. I'll miss sharing my life and stories with you and will miss hearing yours. Thank you for being my big brother.

  • Don and Sherrie Koenig
    Relationship: Professional friends

    Jane: we just learned of the very sad news of Andrew's passing, after his sustained fight, and we send our deepest condolences to you, George and Jack. We always enjoyed our opportunities for the families to visit at Kings Island picnics, marveling at the growth and maturity of our kids, year after year. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincere regards, Don Koenig

Andrew Crowley

Andrew Crowley

Age: 61
Born: November 06, 1955
Died: June 01, 2017