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.
For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director.or visit www.alamedafuneral.org.
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Our beautiful wife, mother and grandmama passed from time into eternity on Thanksgiving Day.
Nedy is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, Felix Jr. "Citong," and her three children: Felix III "J," Jesus "Jess" and LaVerne "Verne." She also leaves her granddaughter Madelyne, daughter-in-law, Kathy and goddaughter/adopted daughter, Carmelita "Melit."
Viewing will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda with rosary and vigil starting at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral mass will also be at St. Joseph the next morning on Wednesday, Dec. 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
A burial ceremony follows at the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.
Ruben was born on July 14, 1925, in the town of Pateros, Rizal, Philippines. He was one of 11 children of Leoncio Tuazon, Sr. and Marta Aralar. His siblings are: Esther, Artemia, Amado Sr., Ligaya, Andreng, Norma, Leoncio Jr. (Rody) and Loida (Ledy); two siblings died at birth.
Ruben joined the U.S. Navy on Oct. 16, 1945. He married Soledad (Choleng) Victorino on March 20, 1949, and they had three children: Raul, Nina and Raymond. The family moved to the United States in September of 1964. They stayed with Ruben’s brother, Amado Sr. in Oakland before moving to Alameda in 1965. Ruben retired from the Navy on June 28, 1965, and later worked at Jax’s Steak House and Oakland Unified School District.
The family grew in size through the years. Ruben and Choleng had eight grandchildren: Brandon, Leia, Steven, Ria, Rico, Roland, Vicki and Kimberly. They were also blessed with 14 great grandchildren: Kalia, Reiman, Emmalynn, Richard, Rainer, Renzo, Sienna, Isaiah, Elijah, Rex, Raymond, Roxanne, Jordan and Kaileiah.
Ruben enjoyed gardening, cooking and visiting the Philippines. Among his favorite plants were bonsai (which adorned the front of his house), orchids and roses.He skillfully grafted and gave away many lemon trees to family and friends.
We recently found out that he also groomed his neighbors’ yards just to be kind. Ruben is well-known for his perfectly-prepared roast beef and turkey a la king. He was an avid music fan — he loved Cher and The Culture Club! He spent part of his last six weeks enjoying their music videos.
His devoted wife of 65 years was always at his side. He peacefully passed away on Nov. 17, 2014.
Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Basilica followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com.
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