Robert J. CrowleySeptember 12, 2018
CROWLEY, Robert J. of the North End, formerly of Dorchester, passed peacefully on September 12, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Adoring father of Kelly A. McInnis & her husband Paul S. of Franklin, Robert J. Crowley, Jr. of Dedham, and James P. Crowley & his husband Andrew Prentice of Kissimmee, FL. Cherished grandfather of Kaitlyn M. Carlson & her husband Jacob D., Paul J. McInnis, and Paige C. McInnis. Caring brother of John J. Crowley & his wife Trina, Joseph F. Crowley & his wife Elaine, and the late Carolyn A. Crowley. Beloved son of the late Catherine A. & John G. Crowley. Also survived by many loving nieces & nephews.
“Hi, How Are Ya?” Who among us can say they never got this greeting from Bob Crowley, either on the phone or in person. Bob Crowley was associated with MTDC now known as MassVentures from its inception in 1978 until his retirement in 2011. He was elected President of MTDC in November 2002, having previously served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. Bob Crowley was one of the most experienced venture capital investors in early-stage technology companies in the region and was a key member of the team that built the success of MTDC. Bob was always a champion of the entrepreneur during his career. A practitioner of tough love, he helped harden many a founder into a successful CEO.
Bob also served as Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum as well as Chairman of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) now known as New England Business Association, and Chairman of the SBANE Educational Center. Bob is a past director of a number of former MTDC portfolio companies.
Bob spent most of his professional life in finance, initially as a commercial lender with Shawmut Bank and then as President of the Neponset Valley Bank & Trust Company, and, as a venture capital investor with MTDC. He earned a BA from Fairfield University and an MBA from Boston College.
Visiting hours in the John J. O’Connor & Son Funeral Home, 740 Adams St. (near Gallivan Blvd.) DORCHESTER, Friday from 4-8pm. Funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Robert’s name to Boston College High School or to Fairfield University. Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.