By Cliff Carlson
Although I'm not surprised, it's with great sadness that I announce the passing of Frank Crowley, long time director of the Art Gallery at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.
Frank had been struggling with prostate cancer, but continued to volunteer at the Center as recently as December, 2017.
Frank's life will be celebrated at the Irish American Heritage Center at 2pm on Friday, February 9th.
Link to Obituary information here.
Frank was a contributor to our paper, Irish American News and wrote a popular column from time to time on the Book of Kells. Frank was also an Irish Books, Arts and Music Celebration (iBAM!) committee member since the first days of our cultural event, and he organized the gallery to coincide with iBAM! every year.
Frank had a keen sense of humor and a sharp wit. He knew how to accomplish a mission no matter how meager a budget might be!
We have no details as of yet, but as soon as we do, we will post them on site.
Our condolences to his wife, Pauline and family. I miss him already.
From Rita Emmett
You know how some people pass away and you feel sad for them because they never really lived ... they just drifted through life?
Well, that was not Frank at all. He lived and shared and gave and taught and worked and encouraged and laughed.
He touched so many lives in so many ways -- he will be sorely and deeply missed. Our hearts go out to Pauline.
From Tim McDonnell
(Former Executive Director of the Irish American Heritage Center)
I was very sorry to hear the news of Frank Crowley's passing. I really enjoyed getting to know Frank while I was in Chicago. Like most people involved in the IAHC, he cared a ton about his family and heritage. He was a really understated guy who always did a lot more at the IAHC than people were aware of - from the art gallery to the children's camps and programs to the Book of Kells presentations to iBAM! to the cultural committee to the grants and a lot of other things. He was a principled guy and was never shy about standing up for what he believed in. He was also sneaky funny, and we had a lot of laughs. He will be missed. My condolences to Pauline and family.
Rest In Peace, Frank.