OBITUARY

Gerald P Crean Jr.

December 12, 1936September 5, 2020

Gerald P. Crean, Jr., a longtime resident of Southington, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at the age of 83. The world has lost a great son, brother, husband, father, friend, and leader. Gerry was born on December 12, 1936, in New Britain, to his late father, Gerald P. Sr. and mother, Mary (Kelley) Crean. His mother died when he was 9 years old. His father was a decorated WWI veteran and longtime Sports Editor of the New Britain Herald. Gerry, an avid sports fan, happily attended many sporting events with his father. A childhood highlight was when he served as a batboy in a game which the legendary Babe Ruth played. Gerry got to meet and talk to the Babe, leading to his lifelong love of his beloved Yankees. In 1954, he graduated from New Britain High School and attended a post-graduate year at Cheshire Academy. While at NBHS and Cheshire Academy, Gerry excelled in baseball, basketball, and academics, earning him a scholarship to Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. While there, he served as social director for Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, participated in ROTC, and played for the first Lafayette Men’s Basketball team to earn a berth in an NCAA tournament. Upon graduating from Lafayette in 1959, he began active duty service in the US Army and then transitioned to the US Army Reserves for 15 years, having attained Captain’s rank. In 1961, Gerry married the love of his life, Kathleen Moran Crean, formally of County Kerry Ireland. Gerry and Kathleen soon moved to Southington. He took a position as a claims adjuster with the Travelers Insurance Company. Through his 41 years at the Travelers, he was promoted through the ranks to the position of Claims Manager for the home office in Hartford. During his years at Travelers, Gerry and Kathleen raised four children while being transferred from Connecticut to Knoxville, TN, and Marietta Ga., and then back to Connecticut. Upon returning to Southington, Gerry became active in local politics, serving on many town boards and commissions. Subsequently, he was elected to the Town Council and later served as Town Council Chairman. In 1980, he was elected as State Representative of the 81st district, where he served two terms. Upon leaving the legislature, he remained active in the local Democratic party, serving as Democratic Town Committee Chairman on two separate occasions. Gerry always epitomized the ideals and values of the Democratic party.

Gerry believed in serving the community and comes from a family of public servants. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ellen Crean, the first principal of Kennedy Junior High School, and was the nephew of Urban T. Kelley, the longest-serving school board member in Southington history. He is survived by his wife Kathleen; children Gerald P. Crean III, James M. Crean, Thomas P. Crean, and Kelley Crean Conte; daughters-in-law Cathy Kies Crean, Anna Crean, Alexis Parra Crean; son-in-law Sam Conte; grandchildren Gerald P Crean IV, Mackenzie Catherine Crean, Erin Kathleen Crean, Claire Diane Crean, Mary Ellen Crean, James M. Crean Jr., Alesya Nedoshyvkina, Caroline J. Crean, Gabriella Marie Crean, Kaitlyn Conte, Sam Conte, Karoline Conte, and Matthew Conte. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 11 am at Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage St. Plantsville. The burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Britain. Calling hours will be Saturday from 8:30-10:30 am at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. Southington. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.dellavecchiasouthington.com

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Burial with Military Honors

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Dan Quinlan

September 18, 2020

☘🙏🏼RIP🙏🏼☘Mr. Crean, a True Southington icon 🇺🇸Go Army🇺🇸. My Condolences to all the Crean Family.It was always a pleasure to talk with you Sir. Say hello to All the Southington great people who have left us❤😇
Regards Dan Quinlan ☘

Sharon Nadeau

September 17, 2020

Kathleen and family,
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family in the passing of Gerry. My husband Larry and I have many happy memories of Gerry at the Elks. We loved listening to all his stories and his singing at the Elks. We will miss his smile and how he would light up any room he entered. He will be truly missed. Rest In Peace my Elk friend.
Sharon and Larry Nadeau

Terry Elliott

September 17, 2020

Condolences and prayers to Cathy and all of the Crean family. Gerry rest in peace and may the road rise up to meet you.

Love- Terry Murphy Elliott and her husband Charlie.
Photo by our son Joe Elliott

ROBERT HILLIARD

September 16, 2020

KAY and Family,
We were saddened to learn of Gerry’s passing. Also we are sorry that we can’t be there to offer our personal condolences for your loss. We have so many fond memories of being with you at the Elks Club on Sundays and family celebrations. He was so entertaining to be with and we so enjoyed our many get-together.
We will remember him in daily prayers.May he rest in the Lord’s peace. Sincerely, Bob and Pat Hilliard

Rachel Davis

September 16, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Crean family and friends.
Rachel Davis, AAG

Mary Tully

September 15, 2020

Dear Kathleen and family:
We are so very sorry to hear the passing of your beloved husband, father and grandfather, and brother Gerry. I and my family have such wonderful memories of Gerry. While working at Travelers enjoying many laughs with Gerry at the Travelers GHO Championship tents the laughter never stopped. Football game at West Point. Enjoying wonderful moments with Gerry, Kathleen and their children at the Westbrook Elks, CT, especially Gerry singing Elvis songs to Kathleen. His humorous stories about life and Ireland, his quick wit and infectious laugh. Gerry and Kathleen have always welcomed myself and my family warmly with their many gatherings. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace, go with God.
Love, Mary, Katherine and Allie Tully

Edward and Holly Malczyk

September 14, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. We have fond memories of political gatherings, and Gerry's lively conversation and sense of humor. Sending sincere condolences to all of the Crean family.

Dianne and Dennis Ross

September 13, 2020

Dear Kathleen and Family,
Our sincere sympathy to all. We have so many happy memories of wonderful times shared with Gerry over the years. He was a kind and giving man. We so enjoyed conversations of his basketball and baseball activities. His funny stories were so entertaining . We will remember and miss his laughter.
We regret we cannot attend his Mass.
Our prayers for comfort and peace .
Our love Kathleen.
Dianne and Dennis

Jackie DiMauro

September 13, 2020

Dear Kathleen & family,
I am so sorry about your loss. I have fond memories of Paul , Jerry & Dailey horsing around. The three some really had fun insulting each other... in jest, of course.
Jerry was a fun and loving guy & will be missed by many.
May he rest in peace .
Sincerely,
Jackie DiMauro

Aimee Mcbride

September 7, 2020

I was so very sorry to hear of Mr. Crean’s passing. I have nothing but wonderful memories growing up next door to Mr Crean. He was such a kind, funny man. Sending you all love!

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