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  • Writer's pictureKristin Guglietti

Mullica Mayor Bruce Crowe dies


Bruce crowe

MULLICA TWP., N.J.—Mullica Twp. Mayor Bruce Crowe died on Jan. 25 surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old.


Atlantic County Clerk Joseph Giralo, a lifelong resident of Hammonton, was friends with Crowe for about 12 years.


“He was a loyal person. He was always loyal to everyone around him and was always worried about what they thought and what their feelings were,” Giralo said.


Giralo said Crowe was dedicated to Mullica Twp. for many years.


“He was a down to earth person that always listened to all sides of the story and was very involved in all of the issues there,” Giralo said.


When talking about Crowe’s accomplishments as mayor, Giralo said he was a big proponent of keeping taxes steady in Mullica Twp.


“He was a big proponent of keeping taxes steady in Mullica Twp. and tried to provide services. I know that he worked hard on trying to get the new city hall and everything else,” Giralo said.


Atlantic County Fifth District Commissioner James Bertino knew Crowe for a few years when Crowe served in Mullica Twp. as a council person and mayor.


“He was a man who knew his community. He loved his country. He cared about the people he represented, and he was passionate to do the right thing,” Bertino said.


Bertino worked with Crowe on a variety of issues that impacted Mullica Twp. residents.

“We worked on roads. We worked on bridge work. We worked on drainage. We worked on projects...We worked on resolving quite a few issues together,” Bertino said.


According to Bertino, Crowe was a good family man.


“He was a terrific human being, a good family man. His love for his community and serving the people he represented really made him a special man, and I know he’ll be missed,” Bertino said.


The Mullica Twp. Municipal Alliance expressed their sadness of the mayor’s passing in a Facebook post.


“On behalf of the Mullica Township Municipal Alliance we are saddened by the passing of Mayor Bruce Crowe. He supported and attended all of our events and will be dearly missed. Bruce’s legacy will live forever in our memories. His family is in our thoughts and prayers,” the Facebook post read.


The Atlantic County Republicans also made a Facebook post.


“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mullica Township Mayor, Bruce Crowe, as we offer our deepest condolences for their loss. Mayor Crowe was an exceptional individual who consistently placed the well-being of every resident in Mullica as his top priority. During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones,” the Facebook post read.


According to Crowe’s obituary, “Bruce was born on November 11, 1946 to Daniel and Laura Crowe in Lower Bank, N.J. After school, Bruce enlisted in the army during the Vietnam War before moving on to work at Lenox China. He then served on the Mullica Town Council and as the Mayor for many years.


“Bruce always was, and always will be, a loyal Dolphins fan and a lover of animals.”


Bruce is predeceased by his father and mother, Daniel and Laura Crowe.


He is survived by his wife, Marylou Crowe; his children, Bruce Crowe Jr., Kimberly McConnell (Bill) and Daniel Crowe, Timothy Crowe; his sister, Diane Johnson; his grandchildren, Hayley McConnell, Britney McConnell and Billy McConnell; his niece, Tammy Rickert (Jon); niece, Jamie Johnson and nephew, Jimmy Johnson and his great-niece, Kylie Rickert.


A visitation was held on Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Wimberg Funeral Home 400 Liverpool Avenue, EHC, NJ 08215. A service was held at noon at the funeral home. Burial followed at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor, N.J.


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bruce, please visit the Wimberg Funeral Home’s floral store.


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