HUDSON - Elmer J. Crowe, Jr. "Fid", age 93 of Hudson, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones, Thursday, March 26, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Doris Strange and the late Carol M. Crowe; loving father of Greg (Teresa) Crowe, Tim (Connie Berkley) Crowe, and the late Catherine Crowe; cherished grandfather of Justin Crowe, Sean Crowe, and Kristen McLaughlin; and dear brother of John P. Crowe.
Born at St. John’s hospital in Cleveland on February 2nd, 1927, Fid grew up on the west side of Cleveland joined at the hip with his younger brother John playing baseball, fishing and "stickin’ foots" in the Rocky River. His father was a musician playing his banjo in bands all around the region while his mother was a strong Irish woman taking care of the family.
So what is the mystery behind the name "Fid"? Quite simply, as a young boy he would help his uncle in the garage preparing for painting jobs and would often "fiddle" with the tools, so eventually his uncle dubbed him "Fid".
Fid graduated from Lakewood High School, was inducted into the Army, enrolled in Wooster College and earned a degree in Economics. After college, he was hired by the Ohio Bell Telephone Company into their management program and had a terrific career there until his retirement in 1986.
He married his college sweetheart, Carol, a music major in piano, and they had three children living most of their years in Hudson, Ohio. Traveling was an important part of Fid’s life and he and Carol planned many "station wagon" family vacations out west to all the national parks and many trips to Canada to isolated fishing lodges. Through the years he made regular trips to Canada with his fishing buddies which he would refer to as "The Perfect Week" and return with a cooler full of bass and Northern Pike for family fish dinners.
Through his life, there wasn’t anything Fid wouldn’t try at least once. He experienced such things as truck driving for a steel company, bee keeping, maple syrup gathering, wood carving and painting.
After the untimely death of Carol in 1995, Fid met the second love of his life, Doris. The two of them built a home together, spent their time "snow-birding" from Kent to Fairhope, Alabama, traveled to more places than can be mentioned here, played a round of golf every chance they could and enjoyed special times with their families, especially the grandchildren.
It goes without saying that Fid touched the lives of many and lived life to its fullest never missing a chance to have a party involving song, dance, a joke or two and a nice martini to top it off. He let the world roll right off his shoulders. But what made him truly special were his love of family where there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them, his positive attitude evidenced by his approach to every day life and finally the power of self-confidence quoting him from his memoirs, "with the multitude of crisis, problems, and obstacles that we encounter during a lifetime, its is the degree of self-confidence that determines our responses and effectiveness". Rest in peace Fid, you will be missed by all.
A celebration of life will be held privately at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Fid's memory to Haven of Rest Ministries. Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, Hudson, Ohio (330-650-4181) www.johnsonromito.com