Gregory James Crowe

Died: Fri., Feb. 19, 2021

Family to do services at later date

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Gregory James Crowe, 54, of LaVale MD, died February 19, 2021 at UPMC Western Maryland. Born in Japan on March 13, 1965 he was the son of the late, Wilbur and Rose Mary(Strobel) Crowe.


He was a 1984 graduate of Allegany High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Frostburg State University.  He was a member of the SAG-AFTRA Union and appeared in many movies and television shows, most recently the TV show “The Politician” and the movie “Eighth Grade”.  Locally he was a member of the Murder Mystery Company and the Polar Express Company where he had featured performances on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, notably playing Santa in the Polar Express.


He is survived by two sisters, Cynthia Minnick and Julie Hans and husband Rollen; three nephews, Ray Minnick and Micah Humbertson, Daniel Minnick and Julian Hans; one beloved great nephew, Kellen Minnick, of which he shared a special bond and three step-great nephews, Corbin, Cash and Caysen. In addition he will be missed by lots of friends, family and fellow gamers and actors everywhere.


A graveside memorial service will be held at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.  Wilhelm-Eakin Funeral Home P.A. assisted with the arrangements.

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Michael Young
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Greg was one of those rare people, talented at anything he put his mind to, an amazing sense of humor, smart as a whip, and one of the most kind and giving people I've ever met. I was honored to call him friend. My deepest condolences to his family for your loss.

Kelly McCann
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Please accept my deepest condolences on your family's loss of Greg. He and I knew each other from gaming. I believe everyone has a purpose here on Earth. At least one of Greg's has to be bringing joy. Greg was a person who had a gift for making someone laugh out loud, and who could lift a heavy mood in a group easily. I will miss him!

Thierry Barston
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
I knew Greg from gaming, but we got to know each other better when we were both in a strange production of Alice in Wonderland many years ago. His talent, humour, and sweet nature endeared him to all. I was always happy to see him. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Roni Breza
   Posted Thu February 25, 2021
Cynthia, Julie, and Kellen,
My deepest condolences go out to you. Greg was a wonderful person and will be missed terribly by the hundreds of people whose lives he touched. I knew Greg since college when he was part of the game group there. My husband, Kevin, has been friends with Greg since they were teenagers together. Greg generated the kind of friendships that could last for 30 to 40+ years. It feels like I’ve known Greg forever, but that’s how it was with Greg for everyone. I remember getting rides from him in college in the brown van. He would always have room for anyone who needed to go somewhere and would always ask if anyone needed a ride. No questions of gas money, no complaints about where to.
More recently, I was playing online table-top games with him, Kevin (my husband), and Chris and Ali Richards. As always, the talking was more important than the playing, or the winning. Besides, Greg would usually win unless we employed the age-old tactic of ‘use Greg to take out Kevin,’ in which case they would both get distracted and it could be anyone’s game.
During this particular chat/game session, Greg and Chris were talking about the upcoming Cub Scout event that Chris’ son and Greg’s great nephew were working toward. I’ve never gotten super involved in Boy Scouting, so I was only a little interested in what they talked about, but the great part was that Greg was getting to experience it with his G-nephew.
Greg was always wonderful with, well, PEOPLE, but also kids. At our annual World Boardgaming Convention, (two weeks straight of exactly what it sounds like) it was always a delight to find Greg and be able to chat with him about the games he had played. But was a spectacle to watch him when he ran a tournament. Whether it was for the kids or the adults, he gave out prizes with cheesy puns attached. He welcomed everyone personally and remembered everything about them--ok, maybe not everything--definitely not which seat they should take for the game. (inside joke-because he had them with everyone)
When Greg was invited to our wedding, he said he was going to wear sweatpants and he did. He did not dress up for the occasion even though he loved us because I laughed when he said he was going to. Anything for a laugh. I cry and I laugh when I think of him.

K. Ben Hille
   Posted Thu February 25, 2021
Like many, I knew Greg around the gaming table, and never had enough time to spend with him and our friends. His kindness, humor and generous spirit made me try to be a better person, and I will miss him dearly.

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