George Theodore Crowle, Jr.

George Theodore Crowle, Jr, passed away in his sleep on Nov. 28, 2014, in Alameda. He was born on Oct. 19, 1938, in Elizabeth, N.J. to George T. Crowle, Sr. and Catherine Flanagan Crowle. He lived in Elizabeth until 1987, when he moved to Alameda.

George grew up in Elizabeth and graduated from Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J. in 1956. After high school he worked in New York City for Western Electric and then joined the Elizabeth Fire Department in 1962. He became Captain in 1975 and received a Certificate of Valor from the Elizabeth Fire Department, for his outstanding heroism in the face of dangerous conditions and risk to his own safety on July 25, 1978. He retired in 1984 after 22 years of service.  

George attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. where he received a degree in economics, with honors in 1974.

George was a member of Immaculate Conception Church from birth until 1985. He was active in the Elizabeth parochial schools’ basketball league in the 1970s. He was the coach for the Immaculate Conception School fifth- and sixth-grade basketball team.

He made a plexiglass cover for the Hook and Ladder company in Elizabeth, during the riots of the late 1960s, to protect the driver in the back of the hook and ladder truck.

He was a ravenous book reader and collector. He was an artist and loved to tinker with things. He also was an avid walker. George loved to spend time with people and was always out and about, looking to strike up a conversation.

George was preceded in death by his parents, George T. Crowle, Sr and Catherine Flanagan Crowle, his brother, James Crowle, and Aunt Helen Flanagan, all of whom he grew up with. Also his grandson Matthew Hruszczak, who passed away in February.

George is survived by his sons Michael (Marsha) Crowle of New Orleans, Thomas Crowle of Hamilton, N.J., daughters Cynthia (Michael) Grote of Frederick, Md., Noreen Crowle of New Castle, Del. and Kathleen Crowle of Wall, N.J.; his grandchildren Kristina (Chris) Ambrose, Donald Grote, Mandee Grote, all of Frederick, Brian Hruszczak of New Castle, Michaela and Caroline Crowle of Hamilton, and great-granddaughter Harper Ambrose of Frederick; his many nieces and nephews; and his dear friend Susan Ferman. 

A memorial service will be held in the future in Elizabeth.

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