Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA


Peter T. Crudele

January 21, 1945July 17, 2019

Peter Crudele, 74, of Norwood, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Born in New York to Thomas and Helena (Capuano) Crudele. He attended St. Frances of Rome Elementary School in the Bronx and Blessed Sacrament High School in New Rochelle, NY. After graduation he entered the Congregation of Christian Brothers (1963) and graduated from Iona College (1967) with a BA in French. Upon graduation he taught at Iona Grammar School, New Rochelle, NY (1967-74); and Catholic Memorial High School, West Roxbury, MA (1974-81).

He later pursued and was awarded a Master’s degree in Education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ (1973) and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Northeastern University, Boston, MA (1978). After 20 years as a Christian Brother he left the congregation and worked in a number of educational institutions: Sylvania Technical School, Waltham, MA (1981-83); Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA (1983-99); Harvard University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA (1999-2015), and as a part-time career counselor at Harvard Graduate School of Design (2015-16). His career was dedicated to education for over 40 years. In retirement, he volunteered at his church and the local library. He was an avid reader, and also enjoyed going to the gym, biking, hiking, and yoga.

He is survived by his loving partner of 31 years, Donald Gallant; his sister Judy (NY) and her husband Filip; his many nieces, nephews, and grandnephews, and his brother-in-law Ben, and his sister-in-law Cathy. He was preceded in death by his sister Francine and brother Tom.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 20, 2019


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Victoria (Glauben) Doherty

July 22, 2019

The first memory I have of Peter is when he came to my sweet 16 birthday party with my brother Gregory (35 years ago) My god-father used to call me the "lovely Victoria" and Peter carried on the tradition. Donald - I am so sorry for your loss. Love, Dante (Gregory) Marella's sister Victoria (Glauben) Doherty.

Susan Kaufman

July 20, 2019

I had gotten to know Peter these past few years as we did yoga next to each other every Tuesday and Thursday at the Norwood Senior Center. We always had interesting and fun chats. He was a dear man and I shall miss him greatly.

Richard Riley

July 18, 2019

I was very fortunate to have Peter Crudelle as a teacher back in 1974. Peter was kind and always hard working. I'd like to think that myself and my classmates at Catholic Memorial achieved success and Peter certainly was a factor. Peter made every effort to attend our class reunions and had a keen interest in how everyone was doing. Thank you Peter …..Richard Riley

Joe DeRuvo

July 18, 2019

So very difficult to say goodbye to my special, lifelong friend, Peter. Besides sharing the same birthday and year of birth, we attended the same elementary school- living blocks away from each other in the Bronx.
Our friendship was a lasting one - laughing, sharing everything and never a cross word between us. I will miss him immensely but find memories of our great times together will live on in my heart forever! Rest In Peace my forever friend.

Patty Corrigan

July 18, 2019

Peter was my first professional boss at Wentworth and the lessons he taught me 26 years ago have been my guide. He told me to treat every single person with kindness and respect especially the facilities staff, that lesson has saved me countless times! Peter made the coffee every morning, even though he didn't drink it, to date I have never had another boss make the coffee. Peter touched many lives throughout his career and I am sure many people have stories similar to mine.

I am so sorry Peter has left this earth and am grateful for his mentorship so early in my career. Sending you love during this sad time.

Laurie Szablewski

July 18, 2019

I am devastated by this news. Peter was such a wonderful man and friend, and I was so fortunate to have gotten to know him at St. Catherine's. I will miss our great gab fests after the 5:30 mass. And I am truly heartbroken that I'm not able to attend his funeral mass, since I'll be out of town. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all his family. I will miss him terribly but he will always be in my heart. May God bless him and welcome him with open arms.

Paul Sartoei

July 17, 2019

A wonderful kind man. Rest In Peace, Peter.

Tina Crudele Pellicciari

July 17, 2019

Peter I will always remember the fun times we had growing up together in the Bronx. The wonderful family dinners and parties. You will be missed. Rest In Peace dear cousin.

Robert Lepore

July 17, 2019

You were my religion teacher in freshman year and senior year guidance counselor at CM ‘78. And years after you were still guiding me through the ups and downs of life. In my heart and mind you were always Br. Crudele. And still today. Rest In Peace such a great man.