CROWLEY, John J. "Jack", Jr. Age 78 of Amelia Island, FL passed away on Tuesday morning, June 11, 2013 at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL. Born in Cambridge, MA, he was the third of eight children born to the late John Joseph Crowley, Sr. and Helen (Boyle) Crowley. Jack was raised in Cambridge and a graduate of St Mary's High School, Class of 1953. After high school, Mr. Crowley served in the U.S. Army in South Korea, during the Korean Conflict. Upon being honorably discharged, he returned home to Cambridge and accepted employment with the Polaroid Corporation. There he met his future wife, a co-worker, Katherine Abina (Bina) Corcoran. They would marry in November of 1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cambridge. Jack then took a job with the IBM Corporation and the newlyweds made their first of many corporate moves to Kingston, NY. When they were transferred back to Cambridge a year later, Jack enrolled at Boston University where he completed his 4 year Bachelor Degree cum laude in 2.5 years, while working full time and having the first three of their five children. IBM would then transfer him to Maryland, where they had their fourth and fifth children. While working for IBM in Washington, DC, he attended American University to work towards his Master's Degree. His career with IBM moved the family to NJ working in Princeton and NYC, and then finally back to the Boston area in 1970 where he finished out his 31 year career as the District Sales Manager of the Northeast for IBM retiring at the age of 51. He and Bina raised their five children in Weston, MA. After retirement, IBM convinced him to continue as a Consultant and Lobbyist on Beacon Hill for 3 yrs until 1992. Having spent holidays and partial years on Amelia Island, he and his wife purchased property here in 1989, built their home and became permanent residents of the Amelia Island Plantation in 1996. His family recalls his spontaneous personality and devotion to doing things together as a family. He believed family is your best investment. This included the purchase of their family ski home at Pico Mtn in Vermont during their first day out on the slopes which they went on to enjoy as a family for 30 years. He believed in teaching his children the value of work which was displayed by his purchasing a seasonal, beach restaurant, "Jack's Shack" in Hummarock, MA, for the sole purpose of putting their teenage children to work in the summer. Mr. Crowley had been trained since childhood as an Irish Tenor and is remembered for his impromptu performances that would elicit tears, applause and brought music, fun and laughter to every gathering with family and friends. He enjoyed sailing, fly fishing, and golf at the Weston Country Club, and after settling on Amelia Island enjoyed his rounds of golf at Long Point and The River with the Mattey Group. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church where he combined his voice talents with the other members of the choir. He leaves behind, his wife of 58 years, Abina "Bina" Crowley, Amelia Island, FL, their children, Jack Crowley (Jen), Amelia Island, FL, Mark Crowley, Amelia Island, FL, Marianne Crowley (Ed Bogush), Amelia Island, FL, Tim Crowley (Jeanne), Milton, MA, Joe Crowley, Amelia Island, FL, a brother, Robert Crowley, Westford, MA, two sisters, Julie McDonaugh, Everett, MA, Carol Doherty, Melrose, MA, sisters-in-law Claire Crowley, Tewksbury, MA, and Peggy Corcoran, Cambridge, MA, ten grandchildren, John Patrick Crowley, Jr., Tim Crowley, Jessica Crowley, Kelsey Crowley, John William Bogush, Michael Bogush, Abby Bogush, Kate Bogush, Patrick Crowley, Joe Crowley, numerous nieces and nephews as well as walking partner; his much loved Glen of Imaal pet dog, Molly. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, June 14, 2013 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Reverend Gerard O'Shea, Celebrant. Mr. Crowley will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Katie Caples Foundation, Fernandina, FL, Please share his life story at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors


Published in The Boston Globe on June 14, 2013