Susan Crowley of Second House Road was a fixture in Montauk. She served as treasurer of the Montauk Village Association and belonged to the Montauk Garden Club and the Friends of the Montauk Library. She was a member of the Montauk Historical Society and helped create the library’s oral history collection.
Mrs. Crowley was 101 years old when she died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday surrounded by family and friends. A funeral service will be held at the Montauk Community Church tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bill Hoffman officiating.
She was born in Newark on Oct. 24, 1910, a daughter of Robert Sylvester and the former Edna Brown. Her family moved around and she lived in Newark, West Haven, Conn., and Milford, Conn., while growing up. She did not attend college, but got a job with the Standard and Poor’s company in New York City and stayed with the company until she retired.
During World War II, her brother, Robert Sylvester, served in the Navy and was stationed at the torpedo testing facility on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk. After the war, he wrote “Dream Street,” a drama and gossip column for the Daily News, which was active in promoting the development of Montauk. The hamlet was featured regularly in the column.
Mr. Sylvester had a summer cottage in Montauk and Mrs. Crowley would visit him there with her husband, James Crowley, whom she married in January of 1953. She was working with a printing company in Orange, Conn., when Standard and Poor’s bought the firm and moved its employees to New York City. The Crowleys took up residence in Greenwich Village. She moved to Montauk full time upon her retirement.
Mrs. Crowley is survived by her son, Robert L. Ford of Northford, Conn., and by her sister, Virginia Cyphers of Audubon, Pa. A son, David L. Ford, and her brother died before her. She leaves three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions were suggested for the Montauk Medical Center, 699 Main Street, Montauk 11954.