Dicky was born on May 2, 1945; he was the beloved son of the late William and Margaret Crowley. Dicky was raised and educated in Winchester and was a graduate of Winchester High School with the Class of 1963. Following his graduation, Dicky enlisted in the United States Navy and started active duty on October 15, 1963, during the Vietnam War. Dicky served all over the South Pacific on several Navy vessels including the USS Guam. He was honorably discharged on October 13, 1967 and returned home to his family in Winchester.
During a chance encounter with friends while he was home on leave from the Navy, Dicky met the “love of his life” Carole LaBarge; the couple knew it was love at first sight and were engaged shortly after they first met. Dicky and Carole married on November 26, 1967 and the rest is history. After Dicky was discharged from the Navy, he and Carole settled in Wilmington where they raised three great kids Rick, Laurie, and Scott, and where they resided for more than 35 years. Dicky’s family was always his priority, he was a wonderful husband, father, and “Papa”; his love for his family was unconditional and every moment spent with them was special.
Dicky enjoyed being a dad but when he became a “Papa” he certainly cherished that role; his grandchildren were the light of his life.
Dicky first went to work for the telephone company as a linesman and as the company grew and the communication field changed, Dicky learned to adapt and keep up with the times. Dicky had a great work ethic and throughout the years his hard work and efforts did not go unnoticed; Dicky was promoted several times and retired as a Manager for the Company.
In his spare time, Dicky enjoyed all outdoor activities; golfing, fishing, and hiking were amongst his favorites and he could often be found enjoying these activities with his grandchildren. Dicky also loved to take in a good Patriots, Red Sox, or Bruins game with family and friends.
Dicky will be fondly remembered for his magnetic personality and great sense of humor; everyone was drawn to Dicky and enjoyed being around him. He was a funny guy and a lot of fun to be with. Dicky was a “one of a kind guy” who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Dicky was the beloved husband of Carole (LaBarge) Crowley of New Ipswich, NH, loving father of Richard Crowley, Jr. & his wife Sharon of Tewksbury, Laurie Kwiatkowski & her husband Mark of Tewksbury and Scott Crowley & his wife Kimberly of New Ipswich, NH, cherished “Papa” of Cari, Kyle, Alyssa, Ryan, Shayna and Courtney, son of the late William & Margaret (Flaherty) Crowley, dear brother of Judith Wiley of Methuen and the late Shirley Hadley, son-in-law of Connie LaBarge and brother-in-law of James & Debra LaBarge all of Watertown, Dicky is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 12th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 11th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Richard’s name can be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887. Richard proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.