Clement "Bus" I. Crowley (1921 - 2012)



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in Port Kenyon, Humboldt County, California United States


on in Rochester, Monroe County, New York United States
Cause of death: Heart attack

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Pittsford Cemetery, in Rochester, New York United States of America


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Partner: Alice Mae (McGarraghy) Crowley
Children with Alice: Patrick Kevin Crowley


At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, he earned a B.S. in agricultural science. Subsequently, he was hired by Cornell University to work on a government project focused on potato farming and crop innovation.


Chemist :Eastman Kodak Corp. 1947-1980.
Realtor: Part Time For His father-in-law McGarraghy Realtor. 1949-1965.
Returned to real estate in 1981 As a successful rRealtor/Broker,with Realtor son Patrick K.Crowley 1981-1993.


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A Third Army medic, Bus won a grass-court tennis championship while waiting to be deployed from England. He miraculously survived such battles as The Battle of the Bulge and The Invasion of Normandy (Awarded Five Battle Stars) and campaigns as Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland.



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1921 - In the year that Clement "Bus" I. Crowley was born, on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

1940 - He was 19 years old when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

1963 - He was 42 years old when the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

1984 - At the age of 63 years old, Clement was alive when due to outrage about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (it seemed too "dark" to many and it was rated PG), a new rating was devised - PG-13. The first film rated PG-13 was "Red Dawn".

1993 - At the age of 72 years old, Clement was alive when on January 20th, William J. Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. He beat incumbent George H.W. Bush who was seeking his second term. Clinton won 43.01% of the popular vote to Bush's 37.45%. An independent candidate, Ross Perot, won 18.91% - the most votes for an independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's run for President in 1912.

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Obituary D&C Rochester,NY 2012
Very limited obituary because,a full obituary was would have been a best selling novel.
This obituary added to this site by his son.
Patrick K.Crowley.

Crowley, Clement I. "Bus"
West Irondequoit: Clement "Bus" Crowley, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully January 26, 2012, at the age of 90.

A resident of Irondequoit for more than six decades, he was a chemist at Eastman Kodak Company for 37 years. Early on, he also worked for a time in his father-in-law's McGarraghy Real Estate on Portland Avenue. Upon retirement from Kodak, he opened a residential/commercial real estate business at his home on Nob Hill.

Bus met his future wife Alice Mae McGarraghy after she agreed to write a serviceman at the start of World War II. He picked her name off a list put together by her bowling team. The two met once before he went overseas, wrote letters for three years, and got married one month after he returned from Europe.

A Third Army medic, Bus won a grass-court tennis championship while waiting to be deployed from England. He miraculously survived such battles as The Battle of the Bulge and The Invasion of Normandy (Awarded Five Battle Stars) and campaigns as Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, he earned a B.S. in agricultural science. Subsequently, he was hired by Cornell University to work on a government project focused on potato farming and crop innovation.

Mr. Crowley was environmentally conscious and advocated for green energy. He pursued green alternatives well into his 80's, writing an op-ed piece for the D&C in 2007 arguing for the construction of a hydroelectric dam at the Veterans Memorial Bridge. He was an outspoken proponent for the use of wind energy at Chapel Oaks where he lived his last six years.

His wife died after a long illness in 1999. But they had more than 50 years of good times. They enjoyed traveling to every state in the U.S. with their four children, they played bridge, and summered at York Beach, Maine. He coached baseball and basketball teams and was quite a ballplayer himself. On one Kodak lunch hour, he hit three home runs.

Bus and Alice were dedicated parishioners of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. To help keep the parish school running, the Crowleys started Saturday night Bingo and, in 25 years, raised more than one million dollars.

Born July 21, 1921 in Scotia, California, to Charles and Mary (Flaherty) Crowley, Bus inherited a very big name - Clement Ignatius Crowley - from his uncle who died of pneumonia while training as a soldier in World War I. Nearly 11 pounds at birth, he was what people of the day called a "buster." The child called Buster became the man Bus.

Bus is survived by his four children and their spouses,
Kathleen (Patrick) Francis of West Irondequoit.NY;
Michael C.(Ellen) Crowley of Brighton/Pittsford.NY;
Dr.Eileen D. Crowley of Chicago, ;
Patrick K.Crowley of Harbor Beach,Ft. Lauderdale, Fl;
his five grandchildren,
Heather (Scott) Eichin, Blanca (Troy) Mosconi, Omar Horak, Sean M. (Nadia) Crowley, Erin C. Crowley; and three great-grandchildren Skylar and Brady Mosconi and Zachary Eichin. He is also survived by his loving sister-in-law, Evie Lynch of Webster and several nieces and nephews.

His family will receive friends Friday February 3rd from 4:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home. His funeral mass will be the following day at 12:30 pm at St. Ann's Chapel, 1500 Portland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621.Interment 'Pittsford Cemetery.'

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