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Obituary for Jerome R. 'Richie' Crowley

CROWLEY, Jerome R. ‘Richie’, of Arlington, passed peacefully at his home on February 26, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 53 years to Carole (Simpson) Crowley. Loving father of Leeanne Crowley of Salem, Heather Crowley Biscan and her husband Alan of Arlington, and John Crowley of Framingham. Proud ‘Papa’ of Brendan, Grace, and Sean. Cherished brother of John Crowley and his wife Lynette of CT, Mary Flynn and her husband Bob of CA, and the late David Crowley and Bob Crowley. Dear brother in law of Carolyn Crowley of CA, Kathryn ‘Kay’ Crowley of Groveland, Donna Haley and her late husband David of Andover, and Patricia Ferraro and her husband Joseph of Arlington. Jerry is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Born in Cambridge, and raised in Arlington, Ma. Jerry was the third of five children born to the late David J. and Mary V. (O’Donnell) Crowley.

Jerry was a graduate of Arlington High School (‘56) and attended Bridgewater State University.

Jerry was a marketing representative for John Hancock FInancial Services for over 25 years. In his retirement he worked part time at St John of God Hospital in Brighton, MA

Jerry found great comfort and strength in his Catholic faith, which guided him throughout his life with grace and compassion. He was known for his steadfast devotion to his beliefs and his willingness to help others in any way he could. A longtime parishioner of St Agnes Church, a Eucharistic Minister and an active member of the Pro-Life Committee, he had every prayer line on the ready and was a welcome presence at Father McDonough’s Healing and Restoration Ministry, Mission Church, St Marys in Waltham, and Pine Knoll Nursing home.

A super fan of Boston sports, Jerry took joy in cheering for his favorite teams alongside family and friends. From the unforgettable game 5 of the 2004 ALCS to the exhilarating Celtics playoff games, and a 2001 road trip to Yankee Stadium, he took pleasure in every event. His passion for sports was evident to all who knew him, and even strangers would know based on his Red Sox jacket, and Patriots and Celtics hats.

Above all, Jerry cherished the moments spent watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. His pride in their accomplishments was immeasurable, and he never missed a chance to offer his support and encouragement. He was a familiar presence in countless gyms and fields across Massachusetts, even as recently as 3 weeks ago he was watching his grandchildren play basketball.

Jerry will be dearly missed by his loving family and all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his memory bring comfort and peace to those who loved him, let us carry forward his uplifting message “Do your best, Jesus will do the rest”

Visiting Hours will be held in the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut Street, ARLINGTON, on Monday, March 4th from 4-7PM.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Agnes Church, 30 Medford Street, Arlington, on Tuesday, March 5th at 11:30am. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, MA Chapter, 311 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA 02472. For directions or to send a condolence visit