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).