Former Mayor Paul Crowley, one of the city’s most recognizable and influential citizens who was often referred to as ‘Mr. San Marino,’ died early this morning. He was 84 years old.
Mr. Crowley had been in failing health for several months and his condition took a turn for the worse last week. His son, Jon Crowley, was by his father’s side when he passed away at 3:15 a.m.
A three-term city councilman, Paul Crowley served on virtually every board, committee or commission in San Marino and was a longtime Rotarian and member of City Club. A lifelong lover of high school football, Crowley was the football game announcer at SMHS from 1975 until 2006. He attended every rivalry football game between San Marino and South Pasadena High Schools from the inaugural game between the two teams in 1955 through the most recent contest held last month – an uninterrupted streak of 58 games. In 2010, the perpetual trophy for the game’s winner was renamed the ‘Crowley Cup.’
A private Catholic funeral Mass was held for the family with burial in Avalon, CA. A salute to Crowley’s life will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Southwestern Academy, 2800 Monterey Road, San Marino. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Claire Crowley Memorial Art Fund at San Marino HS, 750 Winston Ave., San Marino, CA 91108. Claire Crowley preceded her father in death at the age of twenty-two.
Crowley is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Marie, son Jon and daughter-in-law Carolyn (Wagner) Crowley of San Marino, grandsons Charles Paul “Chip” Crowley III and Patrick Leahy Crowley, and granddaughter Kelly Claire Crowley.
Please see this Thursday’s San Marino Tribune for a full obituary.
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