Father Richard Kevin Crowley, who retired as pastor of Guardian Angels Parish, Edison, in 2002, now Transfiguration Parish, died of natural causes April 13 in Bradley Beach, NJ. Father Crowley also served as pastor of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish, Edison. A memorial Mass, with no congregation present, was celebrated by Bishop James F. Checchio April 18 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen. Father Crowley was born April 26, 1931, one of six children of the late Mary and Jeremian Crowley in Cork, Ireland. Father Crowley attended elementary and high school in the North Monastery in Ireland, and seminary training in Mount Melleray, Ireland; St. John, Wonersh, England; and St. John, Waterford, Ireland. He was ordained to the priesthood June 9, 1968, in Waterford, Ireland, by Bishop Michael Russell. He celebrated his first Mass June 10, 1968, at Ascension Church, Cork. After moving to the United States, he began his ministry in the Diocese of Trenton, serving as parochial vicar at St. Ann Parish, Keansburg, for four years and at St. Joseph Parish, Keyport, until 1976. Father Crowley then served as pastor of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish, Edison, for eight years, after which he was named pastor of Guardian Angels Parish.
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Arrangements were handled by Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway. A memorial service will be held at a future date. To send condolences to family or friends please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.net.