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Philip (Flipper) Crowley

October 4, 1949 — August 19, 2021

Philip (Flipper) Crowley

Philip J. Crowley, 71, passed away on August 19, 2021.  Phil was born in the small town of Ionia on October 4, 1949 to Fredia (McNamara) Crowley and William J. Crowley Sr.  

Phil attended St. Peter St. Paul all through grade school and high school, where he was also an altar boy.  When he graduated from high school, he went on to Michigan State University.

After MSU, Phil went on to attend Detroit Mercy Law earning his law degree.  After earning his law degree, he was hired in Kalkaska, MI as Assistant Prosecutor in 1975 and then going onto becoming the youngest elected prosecutor in Michigan history in 1977.   He worked in Kalkaska for 10 years before moving on to work Jim Sullivan in Traverse City for the next 15 years.   From there, he went on to work as a partner in Henshaw and Corbison in Tampa, FL, for 10 years.  He then finished his career working for McCleary Law Firm.

Phil was a very active man; he enjoyed golfing, playing tennis, running cross country, skiing, hiking, canoeing, jogging, and playing volleyball.  He also liked to keep his mind sharp by playing chess, and he wrote a book titled Possession.

He met his beautiful wife Ashley Crowley in 1976, who survives him.  Also surviving are his son Dion Crowley; his grandson, Julian Wesley Roundsky Crowley; his favorite niece, Brandie Boring (Lint); his brother, William J. Crowley Jr.; and several nieces and nephews whom he loved.

He was preceded in death by his father, William J. Crowley Sr., and his mother, Fredia (McNamara) Crowley.

“May his steps in to heaven be glorious”!

We all miss you dearly devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother.

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