Timothy Charles Crean

Timothy Charles Crean of Arlington, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on December 23rd, 2018 at the age of 78.

A Life Dedicated to His Family and Public Service

Born at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts, to Rose Hickey Crean and Timothy Charles Crean on August 17, 1940, Tim was the second of three children. He spent his early years in nearby Needham, Massachusetts. When he was nine years old his father passed away and the family moved to North Whitefield, Maine, where Tim attended a one-room schoolhouse. His mother passed on soon thereafter and the siblings separated. Tim moved in with an aunt and uncle and their family in Portland, Maine, where he graduated from Cheverus High School, a private Jesuit school. It was during these years that Tim cemented life-long friends and a developed a strong work ethic. Tim was accepted to the University of Maine in Orono, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1962. The excitement around the Kennedy administration, the threat of the Vietnam draft, and Tim’s personal beliefs collided in 1963, leading him to volunteer for the newly launched Peace Corps. He was assigned to Mehrauli, near New Delhi, India, where he successfully introduced farming techniques to villagers. After the two-year assignment ended he relocated to Calcutta to open a new Peace Corp location, working alongside Mother Teresa. While he made many friendships during his time in the Peace Corps, most importantly he met Lois Hamilton, a Peace Corps volunteer nurse from Bonita, California. The two became inseparable, fell in love and visited the local Jesuit church asking to be married. The priest, while supportive, turned them away suggesting they marry at home where they could be surrounded by family. Good advice. They left India in December 1965 and were married in California on March 11, 1966. The Peace Corps moved the couple to Hilo, Hawaii where they trained new India-bound volunteers, but Tim was called up for the draft and Lois left Hawaii to take a job in Milwaukee, assuming Tim would be shipping off.  After receiving a 4F medical exception Tim rejoined Lois and they briefly lived in California before heading to Washington DC where Tim began working at the Peace Corp headquarters in 1968. Tim and Lois settled across the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia and their first child, Anna, arrived that year, with sons Timothy and Patrick following in 1970 and 1972, respectively. Tim began working as a Computer Specialist, a new and expanding field, and held jobs at the Department of Energy, the Pension Benefits Corporation and the State Department/USAID. He kept extremely active after retiring in 2000, working at George Mason University’s Transportation and Public Policy department, as a real estate agent and as a long-term care insurance salesman. Tim was an avid golfer and walker (an excellent combination!), and loved reading, baseball, traveling and spending time with friends and family. He was an active member of Saint Ann Parish and Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Lois; his daughter Anna Crean Wiener of Manhattan, New York and her husband Adam; son Timothy of Brooklyn, New York and his wife Ana and three children, Timothy, Dasha and River; son Patrick of Baltimore, Maryland, and his wife Caterina; and his sister Rosemarie Glasser of Plymouth, Michigan.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Ann Parish, 5300 North 10th Street, Arlington, VA 22205 at 11:00am on Jan 11, 2019. Interment to follow at Columbia Garden Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Tim’s memory be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org) or Missionhurst CICM (www.missionhurst.org).

17 Responses to Timothy Charles Crean

  1. Anne Marie Tarleton says:

    Patrick, I am so sorry. Love you buddy. AMT

    • paul mckeough says:

      Mrs Patrick (Lois) Crean – May you be solaced by the knowledge that OUR BLESSED MOTHER will intercede with our LORD JESUS, HER SON, for the very evident story of the inspirational quality of family life, community, national, and world service that your TIMOTHY “TIM” has lived and as he now passes on to prepare a place for you, his family, and his many friends and associates over the years.
      I was often in the same CHS classes with Timothy, though we traveled our separate paths. My birth date is three months later than his, and we are seeing others die from that same class. Like Tim, I was blessed with the teaching, spiritual, and personal standards held high for each of us at Cheverus. Now, slowly, those lights are lessing in our
      association, but NOT in our memory – and the example they set for each of us, each in their own way. Like Tim, I am
      also an active Knight of Columbus now in Louisiana. In fact, I am living with my wonderful wife, Mary, in the home she grew up in and where she graduated from a comparable Catholic girls high school, Saint Joseph Academy – a school of high Christian and academic standards. We will offer Masses for Tim and his family and friends at the parish, Our Lady of Mercy, where she attended through her high school years. While I was a Jesuit seminarian for several years, at Shadowbrook, Lenox, MA and Weston College, Weston, MA. I left in 1966, was soon confronted with the challenge of military life, USArmy, Medical Service Corps. I served 18 months in Vietnam, returned, completed graduate programs in English, Health Care Admiistration, and then served, first in hospital administration, then as a community college teacher, here in Baton Rouge. Retired from teaching, I continue to serve in support of community services through both the Knights’ programs and programs of the Military Order of the World Wars,
      where I am presently serving as our chapter commander, actively involved in high school JROTC, college ROTC, Scouting, and other related programs. I have presented you with this biography to evidence that Tim and others of us in the 1959 CHS graduation – Tim and I are fortunate to be of that class group that went on to do much good in the world. May the Lord through OUR BLESSED MOTHER bring through HER SON much comfort and peace of mind and and heart.

  2. Kevin Burke says:

    What a wonderful, kind, remarkable man. My prayers and sympathy to all the family.
    Kevin Burke, PCV Guinea & USAID Colleague
    Buzzards Bay, Ma.

  3. Pat & Holly Hamilton says:

    I will miss big Tim very much, He was a great person and a poor golfer which gave me a chance to bet someone when we played. My love goes out to Lois ,Tim , Anna and Patrick and the rest of the Family.

    We love your family, and so saddened with the loss of Tim. I would love to wrap my arms, around each, and every one of you. God bless all of you.


    Dear Lois and family,
    What a beautiful obituaries for Tim. He will be truly missed, especially on our yearly vacation. He was such a gentle soul and always had a smile for everyone.
    God Bless you all,
    Chuck and Carole

  5. Kevin Burke says:

    What a wonderful kind, giving, and respectful gentleman. A friend to all and was so special to me.
    My deepest sympathies to the family and you are all in my prayers.
    Kevin Burke
    PCV Guinea 63′ & long time colleague to Tim at USAID

  6. Brendan ONeil says:

    If he was anything like his son Tim I can only imagine the great man he was. Hope you and your family are doing ok. He will be missed by even those who didn’t know him.

    Brendan and Kait

  7. kathy lynch says:

    I am so sorry for your very untimely loss. I know Tim was the center of your life. You will be in my prayers. I hope you find solace in being surrounded by loving family and friends. We are here for you.
    Let us know if we can help in any way.
    Kathy Lynch

  8. Barbara McConnell says:

    Dear Crean family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Tim was an integral partner to our Tuesday book club. He could always be counted on for facts or insights that clarified.
    Plus his sense of humor kept things in perspective.
    He was a kind and gentle soul that will be missed.
    My condolences, Barbara McConnell

  9. V.J Kebis says:

    I met Tim at my first job with the Federal government in 1992. He was my coworker, became my supervisor later. His wisdom, management style I will never forget. In retirement we spent many lunches together and always had a lot to talk about.
    As an immigrant from communist Czechoslovakia I felt the kindness of Tim perhaps more than anyone else.
    I will never forget Tim in my prayers to our lord Jesus Christ.

  10. Darlene J. Hagen says:

    What wonderful testaments above. Cousin Lois and family, you are in my heart today. And in my prayers

  11. kathleen kay says:

    Lois, Anna, Tim and Patrick,
    My heart breaks for you with the loss of “Big” Tim. He was a kind man, a sweet soul. I fondly remember woods adventures and van road trips and our families laughing and enjoying one another. You all will always hold a special place in my heart.
    I am sending you love and virtual hugs and prayers for peace.
    With love,

  12. Tom Schrunk says:

    We will miss Tim. His service to the nation and to others is an example we should all follow.

    Sincere condolences.

  13. Kim Starzynski Walker says:

    Dear Mrs. Crean, Anna, Tim, Patrick and family

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you! He will be missed dearly.

    Sincere condolences

    Kim Starzynski Walker

  14. Michael & Christie Whidden & Family says:

    We never had the chance to meet Tim, but he sounds like the kind of guy who would have raised Tim of Brooklyn. We are so very sorry for your loss but also celebrate the wondrous life Tim seemed to have lived.

  15. Michael & Christie Whidden & Family says:

    We didn’t know Tim, but he sounds like the kind of guy who would have raised the Tim of Brooklyn that we know and adore. We are so sorry for your family’s loss but celebrate the wondrous life that was lived.

  16. Jeanne Radday says:

    I will miss Tim. He accompanied me to my MRI appointments two years in a row, driving me there and reading in the waiting room until the tests were done. His kind and sympathetic presence gave me the courage to get those tests done. He promised to come look for me if an hour went by and I didn’t come out, which gave me a tremendous sense of safety. He never once questioned my MRI anxiety. He just offered what I needed: a caring, trusted presence. My heart aches for you, Lois…and for Anna, Tim, Patrick and all your extended family. Hold your memories close and recognize your dear Tim’s presence in the many people whose lives he has blessed.

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