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Joseph Crowley, co-founded Buffalo advertising agency

Feb. 12, 1935 – Oct. 14, 2013

Joseph J. Crowley, a longtime advertising and marketing executive, and co-founder of one of Buffalo’s leading advertising agencies, died Monday at Mercy Hospital. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Holy Family School, Bishop Timon High School and Canisius College.

Upon discharge from the Army, Mr. Crowley began his career at Westwood Pharmaceuticals. From there, he became director of marketing at the Courier-Express, and then went on to work for Levy, King & White Advertising.

Along the way, he made many lasting connections that would contribute to the early success of the advertising agency he founded with John Webb in 1986 – Crowley Webb – where he served as president until 2003.

In 1998, he was honored with the David I. Levy Communicator of the Year Award, a lifetime achievement recognition given by the Buffalo advertising community.

Mr. Crowley, who was devoted to his native South Buffalo, served on numerous boards and supported organizations such as the Salvation Army, Irish Classical Theatre and Buffalo Prep. He was especially devoted to his beloved Bishop Timon High School.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Patricia Maher; two daughters, Kathleen, and Jeanne Donovan; and two sons, Daniel and James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family Church, Park Avenue and Tifft Street.

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