Bruce's Story

Bruce M. Crowley was born on September 2, 1948 to Millard P "Sammy" and Ruth Patricia Crowley. He passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 6th 2016.

Bruce attended the Jonesport Schools, played the clarinet in band and graduated valedictorian of the class of 1966. He attended the University of Maine Portland-Gorham and was a member of Delta-Chi.

Bruce and Janet, high school sweethearts, were married September 6th of 1969. They pursued their degrees in education at UM Portland-Gorham. He graduated with a BS in Education in 1971. During college he enlisted in the Air National Guard.

In fall of 1971 he joined the faculty at Jonesport-Beals High School where he taught math.

He continued his education with courses in electronics from the Maine Air National Guard; in 1974 he received his diploma from the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Science after completing the officer training courses. In 1978 graduated with a Master's in Education from the University of Maine.

During that time his daughter Maegan was born in 1977.

He had many adventures worming, clamming, and scuba diving with his friends.

First he served in the Maine Air National Guard with the 265th Mobile Communications Squadron in Portland. Later he transferred to the 101st Communications Flight in Bangor part of the 101st Air Refueling Wing and retired after 20 years as a Major. He made and continued several lifelong friendships during his time in the Guard.

After he retired from the ME ANG he earned his private pilot's license at Trenton Airport in the early 1990's. His daughter followed in his footsteps and completed private pilots training at age 17. They continued flying together for several years.

He was an educator of the Jonesport-Beals Moosabec Community School District for 32 years as teacher, principal, and superintendent. Bruce had many fond memories of all the students and faculty with whom he worked and taught.

He enjoyed many years at Schoodic Lake with his wife, daughter, family and friends. He enjoyed waterskiing himself and also manning the boat for others to ski and tube.

After retiring from education he joined his brother Steve lobster fishing and reacquired his lobster license.

A former student and long-time family friend became his teacher and taught him truck driving skills. He began driving in 2004 for Blue Bird Ranch. After her retirement in 2005, Janet was able to join him on some of the long distance trips up and down the east coast. That was fun for both of them. For the last several years he drove for Sid's; he met and reconnected with many people with whom he enjoyed talking "trucking".

Bruce is predeceased by his sister Terry L. Alley, his father Millard P. "Sammy" Crowley, and his brother-in-law Michael L. Kirby.

He is survived by his wife Janet K. Crowley and his daughter Maegan L. Crowley; his brother Steven P. Crowley, sister-in-law Cathy A. Crowley, and nephews Toby S. Crowley his wife Beth and their son Tyler, and Ryan S. Crowley and his wife Danica; his brother-in-law Darrell Alley and nephew Scott D. Alley his wife Kelly and their children Adrienne G. Alley and Lucas S. Alley, niece Taryn L. Alley Finlay and her children Alexander D. Finlay, Jordan M. Finlay, and Derek J. Polk, and nephew Derek R. Alley; sister-in-law Lynne F. Kirby and nephew Jacob M. Kirby; and many cousins and friends.

Services will be September 2, 2016 at 2pm Greenwood Cemetery in Jonesport followed by a gathering in the vestry of the Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church. Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias, ME. Online condolences may be shared at
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