Mt. Moriah, Newcomer and Freeman Funeral Home & Mount Moriah Cemetery South
10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO
James Gaylord Crowley
October 22, 1938 – October 26, 2019
James “Jaime” Crowley was born October 22 1938 and passed on October 26 2019.
Jaime’ memorial will be Tuesday, November 19th 2019 at 10:00am, at Delmar Gardens of Lenexa, 9701 Monrovia Street, Lenexa Kansas 66215, where he had made his home for the last several years.
James was a member of the Good Shepard Episcopal Church for over 30 years. He graduated with B.A. and M.A. degrees from Universities of Virginia and Missouri. He was proud to be a lifetime member of Mensa, Sons of the American Revolution, Explorers Club, Phi Gamma Delta Social Fraternity and was a member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina. While a member of the Poetry Society, he won two awards including the Rutledge Prize. Henceforth, while a graduate student at UMKC, James was one of the last graduate assistants of Professor Carolyn Benton Cockefair in the English department. In addition, he worked in the University of Virginia Medical School Library as a closed stack monograph docent, and lived in one of the medical dorms on the grounds.
He was a unit director and horsemanship instructor at the YMCA resident summer camp Santosage. He was also a volunteer for the United Cerebral Palsy workshop. James was with Owens-Corning Fiberglass in the Kansas City Kansas plant as a packer. James was also in the printing industry for 25 years and the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years.
As a pastime, he cultivated lotus and water lilies in the water garden and roses and hybrid tea roses in the rose garden. James appreciated the beauty of nature. He noticed the flowering trees, the bushes, he really loved any tree he met and if you needed to know what was growing in your yard.. he was your man. He once took a bush from a public area he liked it so much. He loved to go to Line Creek and explore and share his joy of nature with the children. When he had his home in Gladstone he would plant a bush... and then the next week he would dig it up and move it to another spot. And no matter what he planted, or how often he moved them, they grew. He truly loved working in his yard and tending to all he grew.
James was a considerate and friendly neighbor, interested in others and loved to visit. That was his personality where ever he was. He was above all a gentleman, he treated others with respect and was genuinely interested in others. He was always up for a spirited discussion on any topic, because he knew something about everything. He loved to read, loved history … books, and the channel and enjoyed learning more every day of his life. He also loved classical music.
He was a Chiefs fan and always wore his Red Friday attire. He supported the Royals too but football was his favorite. In high school he played football, and tho he wasn’t the biggest player.. he was fast. James was always agreeable. You could give him any meal and, even if didn’t like it, he would eat it.. just slower. Rarely would he disagree, even in frustration in his later years with his limitations he was patient with others and always appreciated their assistance.
He loved to tell stories, especially to the children. Not from a book, but from his mind.. mostly about dragons. He was very creative and engaging.
He appreciated all that the staff at Delmar Gardens has done for him. He had many friends there and many hours were spent visiting, watching movies, and Happy Hour on Fridays was a big hit. With music and entertainment it was something he looked forward too. Our family is grateful for the care, and love shown to James during his time there and Colleen especially thanks everyone there for the love they gave to James and to her.
Jaime loved his beloved Colleen, he called her Collie, he spoke gently and respectfully and always it was obvious with love. They had many many adventures in years past, and Colleen enjoyed the knowledge and stories he shared and their time together was filled with laughter, and new experiences and making lifetime memories.
James is survived by Colleen, daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, all of whom miss his presence and his wise words. Gone from our sight but surely not from our hearts and minds, his impact on our lives is forever.
James wrote the majority of this obit.. and his last paragraph is: “His last years were made livable by canine friends Babe, Suzy and Tu-fu and two felines, Bounce and Egypt. His best wishes would have gone out to everyone. May all be at Peace.”
May you be at peace too Jaime, we love you.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mtmoriah.net for the Crowley family.
A Memorial Service
James Gaylord Crowley
November 17, 2019
Thank you so much for sharing your memories of Jaime, i will share your words with my mom, Colleen, and i know this will mean so much to her. Jaime brought so much to our family and we miss him so much.. thank you again, Cathy
November 12, 2019
Jim Crowley was a good friend during our years at North Kansas City High School. We were on the Purgold yearbook staff together writing sports-related items and he was better than I was at knowing the terminology and getting syntax right. He was a good quarter-miler on the Northtown track team and I believe he got a scholarship to William & Mary. Like so many friends, I lost track of Jim after high school but still consider him a good friend. RIP “Crowbait”.