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Dr. Leo T. Crowley Jr., retired dentist

March 11, 1929 - February 14, 2017

Dr. Leo T. Crowley, Jr., D.D.S., a dentist and lifelong resident of Western New York, died on February 14, at home following a brief illness. He was 87 years old.

Born in Buffalo in 1929, he was raised in North Buffalo. He graduated from St. Margaret’s School and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Canisius College in 1950, and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Buffalo in 1954.

Shortly after receiving his dentistry degree, he and the former Ferne Rice were married, with the ceremony performed by his childhood friend, the Rev. Philip Badami. He enlisted in the Navy in 1954, holding the rank of lieutenant, and the couple spent their early married life in South Carolina.

Following his military service, the couple settled in Tonawanda in 1956, and later Williamsville, where they raised their family. He maintained a private dentistry practice in Buffalo until 1998.

Dr. Crowley was an avid golfer and 50-year member of The Park Country Club of Buffalo, where he was a former member of the club’s Board of Directors.

He enjoyed summers at the family’s cottage in Burnaby, Ont., and, in recent years, winters in Englewood, Fla.

Dr. Crowley loved food, music, card games and time with his family and friends. He was known for his sense of humor and story telling.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Ferne Rice; his sons L. Thomas III, Timothy, James and Robert and one grandson.

A memorial service will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

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