Harold W. Crawley

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Harold W. Crawley, 70, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 in Boynton Beach, Fla. after several weeks' illness.

Born in Indianapolis on March 17, 1938 to Clara Galimore Crawley and William Daniel Crawley, he lived many years in Greencastle, and was a member of the Army National Guard. He moved to Florida in 1972 and retired from IBM manufacturing in 1989 after 32 years. He became a Master Gardener, and spent more than 15 years as a volunteer at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, Fla. A big NASCAR fan, he also loved his dogs Pepper and then Jake.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mary; daughters, Cynthia Crawley of Flemington, N.J., and Sara Crawley and daughter-in-law Barbara Bonanno of St. Petersburg, Fla; three siblings, Bernice Emrick and husband Robert of Port Charlotte, Fla., Wilbur Crawley and his Judy of Port Charlotte and Greencastle and Lori Straley and husband Robert of Jensen Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law Ann Crawley, five nieces, five nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his brother Floyd Crawley.

A memorial gathering will be held at Boynton Memorial Chapel, 800 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4. A tree planting will be held during the week after Christmas, and a gathering of friends and family is being planned in Greencastle for summer 2009.

Memorial donations would be welcomed at Mounts Botanical Garden (www.mounts.org; 559 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415) and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control (Payable to PBCACC Spay Shuttle at PBC Animal Care and Control, ATTN: Customer Service, 7100 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411; www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/animalcare).