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Donald Royal Crowell of Westford, MA

1958 - 2021

Visitation

April 5, 2021
3-7 P.M.
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., No. Chelmsford, MA. 01863

Funeral

April 6, 2021
10 A.M.
St. Mary Magdalen Church, Tyngsboro, MA

Donald R. “Chip” Crowell, 62, of Westford, MA died Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at
Lowell General Hospital. He was married to the love of his life, Barbara R. (O’Neill) Crowell with whom he would have celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on May 18, 2021.
Born in Lowell, MA, he was the son of Donald A. Crowell and Florence (Almeida) Crowell. He graduated from Dracut High School with the class of 1976.
He owned and operated Crowell Construction of Westford. Chip was an avid fitness enthusiast and in “retirement” worked at Choice Fitness as a Personal Trainer and Spinning Instructor at Global Fitness. Chip could often be found helping a neighbor or family member with projects at home, caddying for Barbara in one of her golf tournaments, or riding his bike through Westford. He was a member of several biking organizations and enjoyed racing bicycles & mountain biking.
Besides his wife he is survived by his sons Donald Crowell & his husband Jamie Homen of Nashua, NH & Corey Crowell and his partner Jamar Banks of Merrimack, NH, his parents Donald & Florence Crowell, his mother-in-law Margaret O’Neill of Chelmsford, MA, his sisters Debbie & Wally Jarek of Pepperell, MA, Gayellen & Gus Silva of Dracut, MA, his brothers Richard “Dickie” Crowell & his partner Cindy Kazanjian of Dracut, MA & Daniel Crowell of Hudson, NH as well as his in-laws, the O’Neills, of Tyngsborough, MA and numerous nieces and nephews as well as his beloved dog Fenway.

Visiting hours Monday, April 5, 2021 from 3 to 7 P.M. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD with a funeral mass on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10 A.M. at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Tyngsboro, MA. Burial in Tyngsboro Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Faithful Friends Pet Rescue at faithfulfriendsrescue.org in honor of his beloved dog, Fenway. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.

25 Condolences for Donald Royal Crowell of Westford, MA

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    Robert Lawlor

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    Chip was a wonderful gym friend and Spin instructor fro our Monday AM classes. He was also a co worker of my wife, Lisa. He always spoke highly of you and will be greatly missed

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    Mark Connors

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    My deepest condolences Gayellen, Gus and to the entire Crowell Clan. I was saddened to hear the news of Chip’s passing. Please know that I am thinking of all of you at this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Mark Connors

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    Julie Abrahamson

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    Barbara, Bob and I cannot express how sad we are for you having heard of Chip’s passing. You two were truly soulmates and a wonderful couple. We will miss seeing him around. We have you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending loving thoughts.
    Bob and Julie

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    Johnny Vereker

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    Our deepest sympathies to the Crowell family and the O’Neill family Our hearts go out to you all.❤️

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    Meredith Wilkins

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    My sympathies to all of you. I’m holding you close in prayer.
    Meredith Wilkins

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    Priscilla & Paul Markham

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    Dear Barbara, Priscilla and I send our sincere condolences to you and your famiy on the passing of your soulmate and our dear friend Chip. Sooo sad! We are left with many fond memories!
    RIP: CHIP CRAWELL🙏♥️🙏

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    Brenda & Dick Guthrie

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    Barbara and family,
    There are no words that we can say that will ease your pain. Please know we are praying for all of you and sending lots of hugs and love to help you get through this devastating tragedy.

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    carol costello

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    Barbara,
    Rick and I were heartbroken to hear of Chip’s passing. He certainly left an impact on all that were lucky enough to know him. You both embraced life fully and you both are such an inspiration to those around you. He will be missed. You are all in our hearts and prayers. I hope knowing so many people cared about Chip helps you and your family thru this loss. I will always picture Chip on a bike…whether cyclocross racing, road rides or spin bike!
    XO
    Rick and Carol (Costello) Fike

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    Emily Strong

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    OMG – just saw this – Love Chip – knew him from Goodale’s – used to tease him about being my Cousin (my maiden name is Crowell). Bought a tri bike from him. Such a very nice person. So very very sad. My condolences to his Family. He will be greatly missed.

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    Harry Wetherbee

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    So sorry to hear of this tragedy. I knew Chip from high school, great guy. My condolences to his family and close ones.

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    Kirby Milton

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    Barbara,So sad of hearing of your loss of Chip.You meet Chip once and he was always your friend with a smile.I will miss his beep and saying hi as he passed by the golf course.To Barbara and the Crowell family,my most heartfelt condolences.

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    Sally A Haberman

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    Barbara I am so terribly sorry to hear about the loss of Chip. My most sincere condolences and, in time, may good memories help ease you pain.

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    Shelly Toomey

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    My deepest sympathy to the family of Chip. I knew Chip from the gym in Tyngsboro. Chip had a beautiful spirit and energy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Sheryl Dumont

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    My heart and love goes out to Barb and the entire Crowell family. I will never forget what a great guy Chip was. The best. I always looked forward to his spin classes. He was the finest instructor I ever had. His energy was boundless. The music he played, pulsed through him. He encouraged us with every pedal turn. No one could keep up with him. I will never let slip the memory of taking his class along with his wife Barb, and every time Chip would move to the music on his bike, looking over at Barb and cracking up. He was kind, funny, sincere, he was a gift to anyone who was lucky enough to know him. Given different circumstances, he surely would’ve been a first class professional cyclist. But instead, he was a gem of a person. He will be so missed.
    We go to the grave of a friend saying, “A man is dead,” but angels throng about him saying, “A man is born.” Have faith, those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.

    Love Always,
    Sheryl

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    Erin Loomis

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    Sending my deepest condolences to Donnie and his family. Beautiful tribute to an impressive life and man. Thinking of you, Donnie. May his memory be eternal.

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    Carolyn Morrissey

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    Our hearts are broken for you Barbara, and your dear sons . Chip was so very inspirational to us as a family. Going to his spin class was soul affirming. The music that you both compiled was incredible ( remember how I encouraged you to sell the cd’s to me!?!) His enthusiasm was infectious , his love for you always so very apparent as he looked at you during class and making sure all was going well! His spirit will have a life long impact on all of us . It has transcended spinning, biking and is more about having a positive attitude and living life to its fullest and being kind to others. We will pray for strength and peace in the days ahead for you and the boys. He will be your guardian angel and somehow will show you signs that he is with you each day and forever.🙏 We are thankful that we were blessed to have met both of you and we know we have been touched by Chip in more ways than he probably ever realized 💞🙏💞

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    Marsha and Justyna Dorris

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    We were so sad to hear of Chips passing. He was our first and one of the best trainers at Choice fitness in Chelmsford. Chip was a great man, always smiling, and very encouraging. He is the reason me and my daughter have continued to workout. He will be deeply missed by everyone he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

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    Teri Halio

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    Barbara,
    I can’t describe my heartbreak and sadness when I heard of this tragic accident, and that it was Chip who was lost. Chip was an amazing man, Father, husband and athlete. I adored working with Chip! A funny highlight to my week would on the rare opportunity when I could either sub for him or take his class. Chip had such a huge personality and presence on the bike such that subbing for him meant I had to bring my A+++++ game. It was an honor to walk in his shoes any time I could. Beyond his presence on the bike, he was truly a genuine, decent, honorable human. He cared deeply and fought for what he believed in!

    I’m so heartbroken that this amazing soul was taken so early from us! I pray you find comfort in the knowledge that your amazing husband touched so many people every day on this earth. I pray you find peace and happiness in the memories shared and those you hold dear to your heart.
    My love and thoughts to you and your family!! Teri Halio

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    Kathy Cocozella(Roper)

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    Our sincerest condolences to the entire Crowell family. You are all in out thoughts and prayers at this terribly difficult time. We knew Donny(and Danny, Dickie, Debbie and Gayellen) growing up, and our parents were good friends. We were so saddened to hear of his passing and we have fond memories of him from our childhood. He was, like his dad and mom, a very kind and caring person and he will be greatly missed…..R.I. P. Chip..

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    Michelle Gagnon

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    With deepest sympathy

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    Mark and Maria Lucci

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    It’s not hard to look around the neighborhood and see Chip’s work. Whether it be a deck, kitchen, a repaired fence or a ninja obstacle course. His footprint is everywhere. He was a great carpenter but an even greater guy. The neighborhood will never be the same without him. RIP friend…you will never be forgotten!

    The Lucci family

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    Donna Tziolis

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    Barbara, Donnie and Corey, So very saddened for your loss. May your memories comfort you at this difficult time.

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    Roger Payette

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    To the entire Crowell family,
    I was so shocked and saddenened to hear of your unimaginable loss. I knew Don as a student, sub-contractor as part of the best framing crew I’d ever known, and as a fellow cyclist.

    Please accept my most sincere condolences and know that you’re in my heart and my thoughts.

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    Doug and Laurie Patenaude

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    Our deepest sympathy for your family. Our prayers are with you.
    Doug and Laurie Patenaude

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    Barbara Silva Salley

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    Sending love and prayers. I was a classmate. I am so sorry for your loss, this is such a shock. RIP my friend.

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