Richard T. Crowley

February 6th, 2015

Richard T. Crowley “Dicky”, age 69, of New Ipswich, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on February 5th, 2015, at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington.

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.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard T. Crowley”

  1. Mark E Smith says:

    I will always remember Dick as a warm, loving and hysterically funny man.
    We are all thinking of you at this most difficult time.
    Rick, I know you cherished your father and your relationship was a model.
    I remember sometimes you used to say, “how’d I get so lucky to have a dad like this?”Because you deserved it Rick. Now you are carrying on his great love for all of you as a dad, brother and son.
    Keeping you all in our prayers.

  2. Gail Crowley says:

    So sorry to hear about Dickie. He was a good man. My prayers are with you at this time.

  3. Marian & Dave Hadley says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dickie he was one of the nicest men I ever met and was the life of the party too. My heart is heavy for his family sending you all prayers and love.

  4. Susan Scaltreto Nelson says:

    I’m really sorry and extremely sad to hear about Dickie. He was the best cousin anyone could ask for. I loved him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wish I could’ve been there for you all. My heart is breaking.

  5. Cherie & John Jankowski says:

    Dear Carole & family we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Dickie was truly a man who fought such a battle of survival and now he is at peace, no more suffering. Yes he will truly be missed for the man he was. We knew him always as a man full of humor and laughter. we have great memories of Dickie. We remember our bowling days and all the fun we had many years ago. Our prayers are with you Carole that you may find inner peace within your heart mind and soul and know that you will have your time again in eternity with Dickie. With love and sympathy to you.

  6. Howard (Sonny) & Rosemary Murray says:

    Carole,Laurie,Richard and Scott: so shocked to hear about your dad. So many memories of good times at your house in Wilmington. We will always remember the stories Kelle would share with us and how good Carole and Dick were to her. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family.

  7. Karen & Gus Grabowski says:

    We are so sorry about Dickie. What a great guy he was! He was always so outgoing and funny! Everyone loved being around him. You were so lucky to have such a great husband, Dad, and Papa. We are here for anything you need. Love you guys! XOXO

  8. Susan McHugh says:

    Dear Carole, Laurie, Ricky, Scott, & grandkids..I’m so sorry for your loss..Dickie was such a happy, fun-loving guy..He always had a smile on his face & he loved to laugh..I’ll always remember that about him & how much he loved all of you..The same way you all loved him..And I will never forget how he stood by Kevin’s beside when it was his ‘time’ too..They were way more then just ‘cousins’..I truly believe they’re together again and that makes me smile..Love you all! xx

  9. Donald and Deb Nadeau says:

    Carol sorry to hear about Dickie’s Passing I am also sorry we never got together before this he will be missed by many but not forgotten I often think fondly of the times we would go to the Winchester/Woburn games please know my deepest sympathy to you and your family Donald

  10. Donna Schofield says:

    Dear Carole and family sorry to hear of your loss i remember when we use to go to auntie Rosie and uncle Louie always lot of laughs and fun i will always cherish our times together love all of you he will truly be missed by all will see u this summer hugs and kisses love Donna xo xo

  11. Kathy & Rob Ferguson Beauchamp says:

    Carole, family, loved ones, & friends of Dicky, so sorry to hear about our loss in a wonderful & caring man! Dick always knew how to make a room light up with his sense of humor! I am blessed to have known him & will always remember his smiling face! God Bless you Carole & family!

  12. Jonathan Mahoney says:

    Carole, I am extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Richard. He was always a kind man who welcomed many into his home, especially those of us who were friends with Cari. My sympathies go out to all of Richards friends and family.

  13. Lee and Peggy Johnson says:

    Carole and Cari we are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a warm and wonderful person. We are glad we got the chance to meet him and spend time with all of you at Cari’s party last summer. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Jodi Scaltreto says:

    I will miss seeing Dicky when I would go visit my cousin Carole. We all had good times when I would stop by on my way home from judging figure skating over near their home in NH. RIP Dicky.

  15. Stacey Callahan Conway says:

    Rick and family,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life your father lived…to have accomplished so much and been loved by so many.

  16. Jim DeNapoli says:

    Carole & Family,
    My deepest condolences on the passing Dick. I worked with him up until his retirement at the Phone Company. He was a great guy who I loved being around. I and learned a good deal from him about the company and people. He was truly one of my favorite people.

  17. Brian Murphy says:

    Rick and family:

    We were deeply saddened when we heard the news. Sorry we weren’t able to attend in person, but I think you know that we are always thinking about your family and we hope that the wonderful memories that he brought to you will be with you in comfort in the coming years.

  18. Carole says:

    I want to thank each and everyone of you for your wonderful thoughts about Dicky. He was the best husband, father, and grandfather anyone could ever have. We loved each other so very much and I have wonderful memories of our life together. I know he is at peace now and isn’t in anymore pain. He is and always will be the Love of my Life..

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