Francis Edward's Story
Millinocket and Bradford
- Francis Edward Crowley, 87, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at a Bangor hospital with his family by his side. He was born August 28, 1929 in Bangor, the son of Anne Mayo.
Ed grew up in the Bangor and Old Town area, and was a graduate of Old Town High School. He worked at Sutton Farms in Orono for a period of time, and several contracting businesses, which eventually brought him to the Millinocket area. It was there that he met, and eventually married Alyce (Manzo) Girsa, whom he would marry and spend 43 years with before her death. In 1953, Ed and Alyce took ownership of Girsa's Market, and changed the name to Hillside Market. It was through running this family business that Ed became very popular and well known in the area. At the time a novel idea, he introduced an Italian deli to the neighborhood store, selling Italian meats, cheeses - cut to order, and freshly made pizzas and subs. In addition to running the store, Ed also worked for Millinocket's leading auto dealerships as a sales agent.
Ed was an avid sportsman, enjoying the traditional uses of the woods, specifically hunting and fishing in the area forests, lakes, and streams. He was a member of the Millinocket Elks, Knights of Columbus Council, the Millinocket Fin & Feather Club, and supported numerous community and civic organizations, personally and through his business.
His life was forever changed after his conversion to Catholicism. From Baptism to the sacraments to Last Rites, Ed embraced his faith. He instilled in his family that his customers were an extension of the family, and that they should be treated as such. Ed was most proud of his children, grandchildren, and entire extended family, who will miss him dearly.
He is survived by two sons, Michael R. Crowley and Ed Girsa and his wife Linda, a daughter, Judi Bragdon and her husband Mike, all of Millinocket; two sisters, Barbara Girard of Brewer, and Carlene Hutchins of New Hampshire, and their families; a brother, Fred Blomberg of Madawaska; grandchildren, Bruce Bragdon and his wife Missy of Brewer and their children, Michael and Leslie Bragdon, and their children, Steve Girsa and his wife Debbie and their children, Ed Girsa and his wife Heather and their children, all of Millinocket; two brothers-in-law, Roger Manzo and his wife Joan and their family of Wells, and Alex Manzo and his wife Isabella and their family of Kissimmee, Florida; a special friend and companion, Elaine Alexander Strout, who shared her life with Ed for over 22 years; her children and their families, Gene and Donna Marie Strout of Bradford, Sheree and Rick Tillson of Bangor, Errol Strout and Debra Havel of Bradford, Carolyn and Larry Brasslett of Hermon, and Jeff and Becky Randall of Bradford; and many close friendships developed over the recent years he lived in Bradford. Ed is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and god children. In addition to his wife, Alyce, Ed was predeceased by Melanie Strout Randall, many Manzo family relatives, and several brothers, sisters, and other relatives.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 10-11 a.m. Friday, July 14 at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 19 Colby Street, Millinocket, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bruce Siket, pastor, presider. Interment will be at the Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Ed may be sent to the Crowley Family Endowment Fund, C/O EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Published on  July 13, 2017