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Michael J. Crowley

Michael J. Crowley, 62, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022, of complications from COVID-19.

Born in Gardner, he attended Gardner Schools before graduating from Assumption College. He served in the United States Army for four years being stationed in Germany for 18 months. He received a certificate to teach English from Fitchburg State and earned his MBA at Anna Maria College. He taught GED prep at Worcester County House of Correction before teaching English at Gardner High School for 20-years, retiring in 2018.

Michael loved going to the Patriots games with his family for over 50 years. He was a big sports fan and followed the Red Sox and Celtics. He was a fearless traveler and took many trips with his family in the US and abroad. He was a self-proclaimed “Pug Man” and loved all the pugs he had. He had a love for learning, particularly history and language. He was a classic rock, punk rock, and Bob Dylan fan. He enjoyed many years socializing with his big Italian family at the “Italian Camp.” He was voracious reader, an adventurous eater, and a poet. He survived many health scares including 4 bouts with cancer, which he beat every time. His gentle exterior masked a warrior spirit. He loved his family and will be missed every day.

He leaves his wife of 31 years Katherine Crowley, his two daughters, Michaela and Marissa Crowley, his parents, George and Patricia Crowley, his brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Jean Crowley and their daughter, Alexandra, his sister, Kathleen Crowley and her companion Ricky Parker, two aunts, Janet Barrieau and Lola Richard, two nieces and a nephew and many cousins.

A Celebration of Michael’s Life will be held Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lucia’s Italian Club, 71 Kendall Pond East, Gardner, MA.  

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life from aching,

or cool one pain,

or help one fainting robin,

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.”

- Emily Dickinson.

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Mr.Crowley was one of my favorite teachers in high school my condolences to your family

Anthony Wylie Mar 2 2022 8:33 AM

When Mike taught 10th grade English and I taught 10th Chemistry, he and I had numerous conversations in the hallways about students we shared. He knew our students well and he gave me many insights in my early teaching years. He was a kind gentleman. He will be missed. My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time.

Joy Yan Mar 2 2022 5:12 AM

Mike was always willing to talk and listen. He served as Building Rep in order to help his colleagues. He had a quirky sense of humor that made you think. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Rebecca Anderson Feb 28 2022 12:12 PM

Mike was a good friend and enjoyed debating history together, he will be missed. Had good times with him, he was a great friend. My condolences to the family.

Robert McNamara Feb 28 2022 10:17 AM

The Crowley Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mike welcomed me when I first joined GHS ,he shared funny stories, checked in on me, and gave me small gifts throughout our time at GHS together. Mike had a kind heart and was a extremely thoughtful person. He loved his family deeply. He will be remembered and missed. My heart goes out to each of you.

Sherry Gelinas Feb 27 2022 5:56 PM

Mr. Crowley was my Senior year English teacher but he was more than a teacher to me he was a friend. When I was struggling with the transition from one school back to Gardner he reassured me that everything was going to be alright and helped me get through my senior year. All the kind things he did for everyone is just amazing. One memory I have of him that I will never forget was the day he came to my graduation party and gave me a gift. I invited him thinking that he might show up and have a good time no expectations of a gift or anything but the kind man he was he got me a gift. I'm thankful for him showing up because not a single person from my graduating class came to my party but he made my day when he came to the party.

Thomas Budzinski Feb 27 2022 11:37 AM

Kathy and family,
Mike is one of my favorite memories of teaching at Gardner High School. His work ethic, dedication and inherent decency made the school, his community and the world better places, and his love for his family was so very much a part of who he was. I am so sorry for your loss.

Cathy Rogers Feb 26 2022 5:19 PM

Mr.Crowley was my 12th grade English teacher and I loved him so much. Though we had some tough students in our class we always managed to get a laugh out of him. I can picture it now honestly and it warms my heart. We love you. Sending so much love to your family.

Meghan Michaud Feb 26 2022 6:07 AM

A truly kind and caring person.

Maurice Fitzgerald Feb 25 2022 2:47 PM

I will never forget Mr. Crowley, I had him for English freshman year, his first year teaching at GHS and boy was he given one heck of a class. He was sure put to the test by some of the students to say the least but, I will never forget staying after class and taking to him about the books we were reading and life in general. He was such an amazing person and teacher. Sending much love to his family.

Jackie Paquette class of "02" Feb 25 2022 2:17 PM

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