Lawrence Crowley Obituary

Lawrence  Crowley
Lawrence Crowley

May 8, 1920 - January 11, 2018
Born in New London, CT
Resided in Oldsmar, Florida


Lawrence P. Crowley, 97, of Oldsmar, FL, formerly of New London and Meriden, CT, died peacefully at home in the presence of his family on Thursday afternoon, January 11, 2018.

He was born in New London on May 8, 1920, the fourth child of John and Annie (Sullivan) Crowley. He loved growing up with Neil, John, and Rita and valued his relationship with them and their families throughout his life. He was a proud 1938 graduate of Bulkeley High School. College was not an option due to family circumstances, so he went to work at a machine shop and was happy to play baseball on the company team with his brothers. In September 1939, just before the U.S. became involved in World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy because it provided a pension after 20 years of service. He served for six years and left to take advantage of the GI Bill and attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. After college, he returned to his hometown and worked at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, which built submarines.

It was in New London that he met Edna Bednarczyk; they married in 1951 and raised three children. He was involved in many of his children’s activities while they were growing up. His children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Jean Crowley of Holmdel, NJ; two daughters, Laureen Crowley of Orlando, FL, Helen Anne Crowley of Oldsmar, FL; four grandchildren, Christine Higley, Brody Algier, Austin Algier, and Brendan Crowley, and many nieces and nephews.

He deeply valued his extended family, which includes numerous nieces and nephews. He organized a family reunion in Sanford, FL, in 2016 with more than 60 family members in attendance.

In addition to his love of his family, he was committed above all else to his duty to God and his duty to his country. He was a lector at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London, and continued to be an active member of Catholic churches wherever he resided. He was a member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII, member of the Knights of Columbus, and founding member of Save Ocean Beach.

Calling hours are from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, June 27th at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Thursday in St. Joseph Church, with entombment in St. Mary Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be shared on Mr. Crowley’s memorial page at




Calling Hours
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Joseph Church
17 Squire Street
New London, CT US 06320
Thursday, June 28, 2018
11:00 AM
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Thursday, June 28, 2018

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