Paul R. Crowley

  • Born: November 21, 1964
  • Died: January 8, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

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Melrose, MA 02176

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Paul R. Crowley, a resident of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, January 8, 2021, at age 56.

Paul was born on November 21, 1964 in Malden, the second of four sons of the late Robert M. Crowley and Theresa M. (Boyes) Crowley. Raised in Melrose, Paul played baseball at Melrose High School where he graduated with the Class of 1982. After high school, he was married to Patricia Forbes, of Malden and they settled in Everett and later Tewksbury to raise a family of four children. Paul received his CDL Certificate and enjoyed working for the MBTA as a Bus Driver in the Melrose area. Later, he worked for A. Fierro Produce Company.

A lifelong athlete, Paul loved sports. For many years, he played "over 30" OTB baseball for the Braves and then the Cardinals. He enjoyed refereeing hockey for many years, and was a talented golfer. A dedicated and loving father, he cherished time with his four children while coaching their baseball, softball and hockey teams.

With a longtime family connection to racing, Paul also spent many days at the NH and CT Motor Speedways. Along with his father and brothers, he loved going to the races, and found joy in the thrill of the sport.

A family man to the core, Paul was incredibly devoted to his children and grandchildren. He was a constant presence, and source of loving support for his children, and loved being a grandfather. He never missed a sporting event for his grandchildren, and every Christmas, was the first to arrive to catch the smiles on his grandchildren's faces. Sarcastic and dry, Paul never took anything too seriously and was always armed with a joke. He will be deeply and sorely missed, but his love and devotion to his family will carry on as his legacy.

Paul was the devoted and dedicated father of Elizabeth A. Gallagher and her late husband Kenneth of Lowell, Matthew P. Crowley and his girlfriend Hillary of Nashua, NH, Patrick F. Crowley and his fiancé Alison of Manchester, NH, and Philip R. Crowley of Nashua, NH. Cherished grandfather of Christopher, Natalie, Evelyn, Mason, and Layla. Beloved brother of Mark Crowley of NH, Kevin Crowley of Billerica, and Brian Crowley of Monson, CT. Longtime partner of Lisa Sgro, Paul is also survived by Lisa's daughter Lillian Sgro and her son Julian. Former husband of Patricia Crowley Jordan of TN. Loving nephew of Linda and Paul Svetz Lincoln. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

Out of respect for public health, services to honor Paul's life will be held privately. Interment at Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. If you wish, contributions in Paul's memory may be made to Lowell House, Inc., www.lowellhouseinc.org, or 101 Jackson St., Lowell, MA 01852. To offer your condolences and support please visit Paul's online tribute at RobinsonFuneralHome.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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My deepest sympathy to Paul's family extended. I worked with Paul and respected him always . He will be missed by many

Posted by Laurel Waite - Everett, MA - Coworker   February 17, 2021

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My condolences to his friends and family, I worked with Paul at the T. He was always a gentleman and kind person . R.I.P. Paul Until we meet again soar high brother

Posted by Cathy English - Reading, MA - Coworker   February 17, 2021

My condolences.

Posted by David Csicsek - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   January 18, 2021

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My thoughts and prayers to Paul's family. I was saddened to hear for your loss. Me and Paul player together on the Cardinals OTB baseball team. I loved his competitive fire and the love for the game. I enjoyed being his teammate and my hope is that his memory will always live on with his family and friends. Paul's love for his family will always be there in spirit and always remember and cherish the memories.
God Bless!

Posted by Vinnie D'Amio - Salem, NH - Friend   January 18, 2021

I had the honor of playing on the OTB Cardinals with Paul. Great player and great guy. My condolences on your loss.

Posted by John Minutolo - North Chelmsford, MA - Acquaintance   January 16, 2021

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"Thoughts and prayers to a man that should not have been taken so soon from all of us. Condolences to Paul's family, co-workers, friends and teammates. May we all think of the good times and the laughs that we all had together with Paul. You will be missed."

Posted by Bob Kyle - Tewksbury, MA - Friend   January 15, 2021

My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Paul's family. He loved all of you so much.
I had the privilege of playing baseball with Paul for the past 8 years. He was a great teammate and friend. I will miss him.

Scott Collentro , Friend and Miller's Team mate

Posted by scott Collentro - Merrimack, NH - Friend   January 15, 2021

Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort to family and friends. Hold on to fond memories, he will always be in your heart.

Posted by Valerie Ayer, Bob Ryder, Bobby & Amanda - Tewksbury, MA - Friend   January 14, 2021

I was truly fortunate to be Paul's teammates on the Millers and I am deeply saddened and stunned with his passing. I shared some great laughs with Paul in the dugout and on the field. May his wonderful soul rest in eternal peace. May his memory be a blessing. My heartfelt prayers are with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Posted by Omar Hernandez - Chelmsford, MA - Friend   January 14, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Paul's family. I knew Paul from the field as a fierce competitor and a loyal teammate. There is no one who you would rather have wearing the same laundry as you. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Mark Hamel - Brookline, NH - Friend   January 14, 2021

My Sympathy goes to the Crowley Family. Paul was many things, and I knew him as a teammate on the Millers and as a competitor that played against him on the Tigers team in OTB. Paul was a fierce competitor and I would always rather have him on my team because of his effort to win. He was a pleasure to play with and he had a sarcasm in the dugout that always came with a wry smile meaning he was just kidding.
I will miss him. We all will.

Posted by David Donahue - Westford, MA - Friend   January 14, 2021

Sincere condolences to the family. It was an honor to be one of his teammates.

Posted by Mike Norman - Westford, MA - Acquaintance   January 14, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to the Crowley family,I first met Paul in OTB as a fierce competitor,for the last 5 years I had the pleasure of getting to know him as a teammate on the over 50 millers.Paul was a good man and great teammate who loved to win,I will miss his presence on the field. RIP,Pauly

Posted by George Peavey - Tewksbury, MA - Friend   January 14, 2021

My condolences to Paul's family and friends. Although I just met Paul this past year I quickly learned what a great guy he was. Playing against Paul for so many years in OTB I quickly learned what a fierce competitor he was as a teammate. Taken too soon. May he RIP.

Posted by Scott Perry - Windham, NH - Friend   January 14, 2021

My sincere condolences to Paul's children Elizabeth, Matthew, Patrick, and Philip and his many grandchildren and the entire extended family. I had the pleasure of competing against Paul in the Lowell Over 30 Baseball OTB league for 15 years and then playing on the Lowell Millers Over 50 team in the MA/NH NELBL league. Paul was a great pitcher, catcher, 3B and cleanup hitter and a fierce competitor. I caught him when he pitched and he had a great knuckleball. He was my catcher on occasion as well. We got to know each other by working together on strategy but we also spent a lot of time driving together on those Saturday baseball games. I would pick him up at his apartment in Melrose and we'd make the long drive to Concord, NH. I had the pleasure of getting to know Paul well and hear how much he loved his 4 children and all his grandchildren. He took pride in watching them in sporting events and seeing them grow up. Paul loved hockey and football and we had many spirited talks about the Bruins and Patriots. I'll miss those rides without Paul in the passenger seat at miss seeing him at the plate with his lime green jersey with orange #5 on the back. It won't be the same, my friend. Say Hi up there to Francisco Faria, Frank Meisel, Gerry Jeromski, Jim Daly, Kevin Furtado, Howie Shepard, and Mike LaFerriere, our other OTB brothers that are no longer with us. You've got a heck of a team there, I think I see #5 in the cleanup slot again.

Posted by Tony Coppola - Peabody, MA - Friend   January 14, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Crowley family. I've had the pleasure to spend Saturday afternoons with Paul for the past 5 years playing on the Millers. Of course he was a talented player - pitcher, catcher, 3rd basement, RBI machine, determined baserunner. But more importantly, he was an awesome teammate and person. He was always there to support me and the rest of his teammates (even when I didn't deserve it:-). When you went to battle on the diamond you wanted Paul on your side! God bless Paul and his family

Posted by Rich Brouillette - Merrimack, NH - Friend   January 13, 2021

In this difficult time, I hope his family take some comfort in that so many who knew Paul thought he was a wonderful person. I was fortunate to know Paul while catching for him on the Millers. He was very helpful and a great teammate to all of his teammates.

Posted by Joe Desiato - Bedford, MA - Friend   January 13, 2021

My Deepest Sympathies to Paul's Family and to those closest to him. May fond memories guide you through the time ahead. We were teammates in OTB for many years; Paul was like a rock for us. My respect for Paul continued to grow through those years. Memories of those times will always be with us.

Posted by Steve Prutzer - Norwood, MA - Friend   January 12, 2021

My condolences to the Crowley family. I played in the Lowell over 30 baseball league with Paul for many years. We never played together on a team, but I saw him at league functions, board meetings, and when our teams competed. Paul was such a memorable guy for his love of the game and for his genuine nature and sense of humor. He was always approachable and easy to talk to. I always considered him to be one of the the foundation members that kept the league in tact. I am so saddened to hear about Paul's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. RIP Paul.

Posted by Jeff Sutton - Burlington, MA - Friend   January 12, 2021

I want to be sure to offer the Crowley family my sincere condolences. I had the pleasure of competing against Paul on a ball field in OTB for several years. Paul was a gamer, and was beloved by his wonderful teammates, and respected by his opposition. I want to thank the Crowley family for sharing Paul's time with us, his OTB family. My and my family's thoughts and prayers will be with you. Paul, we tip the cap to you.

Posted by Rob Ortiz - Spencer, Ma   January 12, 2021

Our thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Crowley family

Posted by Jeff Hartwell - Putnam, CT - Friend   January 12, 2021

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My prayers and thoughts go to Paul's family and his partner for many years, Lisa. They all know how much you loved them. You were always very kind to me and had a smile every morning.
Rest in Peace Paul

Posted by Stacey D - Chelsea, MA - Coworker   January 12, 2021

My condolences to Paul's family. May the good memories get you through this difficult time. I played over30 baseball with Paul. We did team up one time to play in a baseball tournament out in Arizona where we became friends. We also played a few rounds of golf together and Paul would always be talking about his kids and as time went on, his grandkids. Very proud family man! We shared a lot of laughs and even as time passed and we didn't see each that often, I still considered him a friend. RIP Paul

Posted by james gaillardetz - dracut, MA - Friend   January 12, 2021

I was fortunate to play with and against Paul in OTB and on the Millers for many years. We'll fondly remember his love of family, love of the game, his friendship, and his competitive spirit. We had a fun, ongoing debate (for ~20 years) about whether catchers were smarter than pitchers, or vice-versa. RIP, Pauly.

Posted by Mike Gilronan - Waltham, MA - Friend   January 12, 2021

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To the Crowley family,
So sorry for your loss.

Paul,
You were a good guy. We definitely had our fair share of laughs together. Always kind and helpful. You will be missed. Rest In peace buddy.

Posted by Stephanie DeMarco - Revere, MA - Friend   January 12, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to the entire Crowley family. I am profoundly sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dom Caraco - Burlington, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

So Sorry for your loss my Thoughts and Prayers are with you Paul's Family

Posted by Michael Caggiano - Saugus, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

R.I.P my friend youbwas a Great Partner to work with you and you will be missed by all who knew you till we meet again

Posted by Michael Caggiano - Saugus, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

Rest In Peace Paul. Pitch some no hitters and hit some home runs in heaven.

Posted by Tony Erwin - Tewksbury, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

I have known Paul for 20 years, I played baseball with Paul in the New England Legends League for the Lowell Millers and loved having him as a teammate. His family would always be at the games and I know that he loved that. He always talked about his grandchildren, I loved his smile and his skill as a leader was unmatched. Rest in Peace and I hope heaven as a baseball diamond for you.

Posted by Michael Poitras - Dracut, MA   January 11, 2021

I played baseball with Paul in the Lowell area Over 30 adult baseball league. Paul was a fine catcher and a very clutch hitter who was a real competitor. Paul will be remembered by everyone that he played with and against as a fine guy who played to win. I send my extreme sympathy to his entire family.

Posted by Keith C Crider Crider - Westford, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

Love you always Paul ❤

Posted by Lillian Sgro - Charlestown, MA   January 11, 2021

To the entire Crowley family. So sorry to hear of your sudden loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. God bless you all.

Posted by Robert Jancsy - Wakefield, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

My condolences to the Crowley family. I know Paul through baseball as his teammate in an over 50 league. I will always remember Paul as a workhorse on the mound and behind the plate, as a tremendous competitor, and as a fantastic teammate. R.I.P. Paul.

Posted by Kevin Thompson - Haverhill, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

Thoughts and prayers are will you all, I am so sorry.
God Bless
Karenlee, Arundel ME

Posted by Karenlee Gorman - Arundel, ME - Friend   January 11, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Another beautiful soul taken too soon.

Posted by Colleen DaCova - Saugus, MA - Family Friend   January 11, 2021

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Thoughts and Prayers to the Crowley Family in your loss, sounds like a great man !
Kevin McCloskey

Posted by Kevin McCloskey - Lakeville, MA - Coworker   January 11, 2021


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Paul on the OTB Cardinals in 2008
The team will miss you dearly!