CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A former City Council member and Vice Mayor was laid to rest on Monday. David Crowley, who Mayor Mark Mallory called a gentle giant, lost his recurring battle with cancer on January 15th.
On Monday, his family and friends celebrated his life.
David Crowley's sister, Jean, spoke of her brother's view of the world. "One of Dave's proudest titles was social worker. One time when he was being interviewed, God knows when, somebody said to him, 'Dave, why a social worker?' and he said, 'My dad was a social worker.' Any of you who know anything about our family, my dad was not a social worker. "
Jean told the crowd her brother's belief in taking care of others was part of a family legacy that began with their parents. "He took care of our neighbors. Mom fed them with food we had to share and Dad lent them money with money we did not have."
For David, who, along with other family members, owned Crowley's on Mt. Adams. Service was a way of life. "As we know the apostles were a force to be reckoned with. They all had their own way of dealing with things and they all thought it was right and sometimes they just couldn't agree. Of course, I am not referring to Dave's time on City Council."
David's time on the Cincinnati City Council, from 2001 until 2009, took him all throughout the community, but his work with aid organizations took him to Eastern Europe and across the world. David's family says it was his work that made him happy.
"Happy are those who desire to do what God requires. Happy are those who are merciful to others. Happy are those who work for peace, God will call them His children. I believe Dave did that. He took that message to heart."
David Crowley is survived by his wife Sherri and his children and grandchildren. He was 73-years-old.