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Fred Arthur Crowley, 80, of Conneautville, PA went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 30, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, after a courageous battle with Lymphoma cancer.
He was born on March 29, 1937 in Wellsburg, WV to the late Gerald "Buck" Crowley and Ida Mae Rood. He attended Conneaut Valley High School. In earlier years, he worked as a tree trimmer in Chardon, OH where he lived his childhood prior to moving to Conneautville. There he was a "roughneck" on the gas wells and a carpenter. He built several homes including his own. He also worked several years along side his step-father, Fred Post Jr., making and repairing wooden masts and parts for sailboats. He lived in Phoenix, AZ for a few years where he designed and built several large trussed roofs for malls and shopping centers. He also built a Baptistery for a Baptist church and the chapel at St. Peter's Cemetery in Conneautville.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1955 and spent three years in Bamberg, Germany. After coming home to Conneautville, he worked for the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad as an engineer. He retired in 1999 after 33 years. Following retirement he was a greeter and hearse driver for White-Cool Funeral Home in Conneautville. He married his grade school sweetheart, Joan Gribus, on June 14, 1958, at St. Phillip's in Crossingville, PA. She was his "first wife" for 59 years. They raised five children, James of Springboro, PA, Elizabeth Jemetz (TJ) of Edinboro, PA, Everett of Erie, PA, Kenneth of Bryan, TX and Michael of Memphis, TN.
He was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church where he was a Eucharistic Minister for over 30 years. He was involved in his church Bible studies and Cursillo Movement of the Erie Catholic Diocese. He enjoyed working and attending Sunday Coffee Shops. He was a lifetime member of the Conneaut Valley Historical Society, a member of the Lakeland/Valley Senior Center and the American Legion.
He enjoyed the company of his many friends including his church family, Amish neighbors, Army and railroad "buddies". He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers Football fan.
In addition to his wife and children, Fred is survived by a brother, Gerald "Buck" Crowley, of Phoenix, AZ, an aunt, Betty Jordan, of Erie, PA, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Preceding him in death was an infant son, Nicolaus Paul, his parents, beloved step-father, sisters Edna Ransom, Chardon Scott and Gloria Post, a step-brother Fred Post II, several aunts, uncles, a nephew and niece Aaron and Shannon Post, great nephews Josh and Adam Ransom and Daniel Vogel.
Friends and family may call Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the McCauley Funeral Home, 1405 Main Street, Conneautville, PA 16406. A mass of Christian burial to celebrate Fred's life will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:00 am with Rev. Fr. Chris Hamlett officiating. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.mccauleyfuneralhome.website
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, 501 Washington Street, Conneautville, PA or People for Life, PO Box 1126, Erie, PA 16512.
Published on December 3, 2017
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