Edward K. Crotty Jr. died peacefully Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at his home in Clifton Park surrounded by his loving family. He died from complications of cancer.
He was born in Granville on July 23, 1934. He grew up in Whitehall and graduated from Whitehall High School in 1952. He graduated in 1956 from Union College, where he played basketball and football and ran track. In 1957 he married his wife, Judith (Dagostino), and they were married for 53 years. He received his doctorate in education from the State University of New York at Albany. He served in the National Guard of New York from 1957-1964. He enjoyed many years of teaching and coaching. He taught at Mineville schools in from 1956 to 1957. He then enjoyed a long career of teaching and coaching at Niskayuna High School from 1958 to 1995. He served as the social studies department chairperson and teachers union representative at times during his tenure.
He loved to sing and dance with his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted family man who will be remembered by his family for fireman carrying his children up the stairs to bed and his singing of corny songs to his wife. The three words that describe Edward best are enthusiastic, devoted and fun. We hope he will be remembered for his dedication to children and their success as human beings. Please be aware of the dangers of skin cancer.
Edward is survived by his wife, Judith Crotty; his children and their spouses, Kathleen and Von McMiller of Clifton Park, Margaret and Scott Barnhill of Houston, Texas, and Edward and Patricia Crotty of Rotterdam; and his sister-in-law, Mary Jane Crotty of Ballston Lake. He leaves grandchildren Kevin Ryan, Michael Ryan, Jasmine McMiller, Von Michael McMiller, Bryan McMiller, Jaden McMiller, Casey Barnhill, Maya Barnhill and great-grandson J’Von Flores.
He is predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Edward Crotty, and his brother, William Crotty.
A memorial celebration of Edward’s life was held at the Grace Chapel of Clifton Park, 996 Main St., Jonesville, on Tuesday, April 6,
Thank you to Ed’s many doctors, the Visiting Nurses at Ellis Hospital and Hospice of Saratoga County for their compassionate and tender care.
Donations can be directed to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866 or to the NENY Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at Pinewest Plaza, Bldg. 4, Suite 104, Albany N.Y.