From Jon Crowley
Charles (Paul) Crowley , Jr., second generation president of the Charles P. Crowley Company (CPC Co.) from 1962-1995, died of natural causes in Pasadena , CA on December 10, 2012. He was84.
In addition to his business career at CPC Co., my father was a long-time member of CWEA, a civic leader, a veteran, and a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley .
Dad began working at CPC Co. after his discharge from the Army, and took over company management after my grandfather retired in 1962. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in CA for Control Systems Engineering, and was also life member of several trade organizations, including the Petroleum Club, the AWWA, the WEF and the ISA. He was particularly known for his expertise pertaining to chemical injection systems. While he retired in 1995, he never stopped his involvement, nor his interest, in CPC Co. It should be noted that he also gave me plenty of advice – solicited or not – until his final days. It was almost always good advice, too.
Dad was born in Long Beach , CA to Charles P. Crowley, Sr., of Springfield , MA and Agnes (Leary) Crowley of Lexington , MA. He grew up in the cities of San Gabriel and Alhambra , and attended St Therese Catholic School in Alhambra . He graduated from South Pasadena-San Marino HS in 1945, playing tennis and football, and was an Eagle Scout in Troop 15 in Alhambra . Crowley graduated in 1949 from the Univ. of Arizona in Tucson with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of the US Army ROTC and the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
Dad served in the Army in Ft. Belvoir , VA from 1950-52. He married the former Marie Kreuper of Alhambra in 1951 and moved to San Marino in 1961.
He was also actively involved in civic volunteerism. His involvement with the City of San Marino began as a teenage worker in Lacy Park in 1946. Informally known as “Mr. San Marino”, he served on the SM Planning Commission for 2 terms, on SM City Council for 3 terms, and was Mayor from 1988-89. He also served as SM’s representative to the Sanitation Districts of LA County. His role in the preservation of the historic Thurner House in Lacy Park was one of his proudest achievements. The City’s 2013 centennial book is dedicated to his memory.
Dad served as president of the Rotary Club of SM, SM City Club, SM Historical Society, SM Tennis Club, SM Little League, and SM Saints Jr. All-American Football. He was a Trustee at Southwestern Academy , an Asst. Scoutmaster of SM Troop 355, a Board Member of SM Girl Scouts, a parishioner of Sts. Felicitas & Perpetua Catholic Church, and a member of the Valley and San Gabriel Country Clubs.
A lifelong lover of high school football, he was the football game announcer at SMHS from 1975-2006. He was president of the SMHS Football Boosters’ Club and attended every San Marino-South Pasadena HS rivalry football game from 1955-2012, a streak of 58 games. The trophy for the game’s winner was renamed the “Crowley Cup” in 2010.
Dad is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marie, by me, his son, Jon Crowley, and my wife, Carolyn (Wagner) Crowley , of San Marino , grandsons Charles Paul “Chip” Crowley III and Patrick Leahy Crowley, and granddaughter Kelly Claire Crowley. He is preceded in death by my sister, Claire Marie Crowley, who was killed in an auto accident in 1979.
In closing, Dad should be remembered as a straightforward, traditional, and generous guy. Professionally, he considered CPC Co.’s customers to be our personal friends, he believed that the companies which CPC Co. represented were our true business partners, and he understood that a sales rep’s life is rife with problems. He made a point of never “burning his bridges”. He loved #2 pencils, rubber bands, and a tidy warehouse. He was perplexed by new fads such as computers, casual dress, and facial hair. He valued a loyal handshake, he frequently implemented his dry wit, and he was a true consensus-builder.
He will be greatly missed.