Who is the Oldest Living Crowley?

Matthew Crowley - 'Lord Summerfield'

My father Matthew Crowley is now 101 years young. His friends and neighbors refer to him as "Lord Summerfield" mostly out of respect. It is not a royal or inherited title. He holds "court" at our home "Derreen House" in Youghal three days a week. He is much respected in our cul-de-sac which was built on the Summerfield Estate in Ballyclamasay, Summerfield, Youghal.

Matthew Crowley comes from a long line of schooner captains and lighthouse keepers in the Irish Lights. His father was stationed at the Hook (Wexford); the Mouth of the Shannon (Loop Head,) County Clare; Ballycotton, County Cork; Beeves Rock (the river Shannon estuary) County Limerick; Bull Rock County Cork; and Rathlin-O-Byrne(Donegal Antrim). He took early retirement from both the Gloucester Aircraft Company and Sir George Dowty-Rotol (Gloucestershire) and inherited the position of Principal Keeper at Minehead Lighthouse, Ring, Dungarvan (County Waterford) for 13 years.

Matthew Crowley - 'Lord Summerfield'

My father was born in Ashkeaton, County Limerick and my mother (Matilda "Tillie" nee Connors), who passed away in 2000 at the age of 92 was a native of Ballyvaughan, near Lisdoonvarna, County Clare. She trained at St Thomas Hospital Medical School in London as a Registered Nurse, specialized certification in fever/infectious diseases, and was brilliant at being able to recite Irish poetry at the drop of a hat.

They had 4 children (2 boys, 2 girls) of which I am the second-eldest, first-born male child and we were all born, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK; we commenced our education at the St Peter's RC Preparatory School in nearby City of Gloucester, which itself was founded in 40 A.D. by one of Julius Caesar's generals, of which one of his four names was "Glevum" which translated to Gloucester.

Matthew Crowley and son Leo

My dad was involved in the British Home Guard loosely affiliated with the 5th Gloucestershire Regiment during the German bombing of Britain (World War II) and was relocated to the Gloucester Aircraft Company in Gloucestershire where he was involved in the implementation and production of the Royal Air Force "Spitfire" fighter plane and the revolutionary new "Gloucester Javelin" which was the first all-weather, delta wing, jet fighter/bomber commissioned by the RAF.

Matthew Crowley and son Leo

Editor: Can anyone top 101 years young or even come close? We would love to hear from you.

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compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain