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Letter: Crowley leaves a lasting legacy

I was deeply saddened to read about Steve Crowley’s death in Wednesday’s paper. Steve was a wonderful man I had the pleasure of knowing for the past 35 years or so. Steve was a great father, husband and community member. He will be missed by many, and I’ll be sorry not to see this gentle giant walking around the valley.

I want to speak to another side of Steve’s life. Steve’s company, Aspen Cabinet and Millwork, is one of the pre-eminent cabinet and millwork shops in the country. His company’s reputation for excellence is well-deserved. Many of the valley’s finest craftsmen worked for Steve over the years and gained knowledge and employment at his shop. His work produces furniture-grade millwork and cabinetry all due to his exacting standards.

The construction community is small and critical of itself; as a general contractor for longer than I care to say, I can say Steve was one of the few in the industry I only heard praise of for his quality, integrity and passion.

Work at times is all-consuming, and I’m sure Steve spent too many nights and weekends working, but it’s the nature of construction. Steve is an inspiration.

Steve’s life and work were beautiful and full of love. It’s the best legacy a man can leave behind.

John Black