1st Dan – Okinawan Shorinryu Karatedo
Vincent J. Crowell EXMORE
Vincent James Crowell, 44, died June 28, 2007, at Commonwealth of Virginia University Hospital, Richmond, Va. He was a self-employed master plumber with Accomac Irrigation for many years. Born in Oakland, N.J., he lived in Neptune, N.J., and Brick, N.J., prior to moving to Virginia 15 years ago. He graduated from Brick High School, Brick, N.J. in 1980. and attended Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, N.J. He frequently visited friends and family in Ireland. Sensei Vince Crowell lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It was there that he studied and received his first degree black belt under Sensei Elton Trower in 2002. As a gift to himself for many years of training, he went to Okinawa with Kyoshi Jeff Bateman and Master Tadashi Yamashita. While training in Okinawa, he learned a great deal about traditional karate. Sensei Vince was invited to train at Jeff Bateman’s School of Karate in 2003. He traveled 86 miles one way, twice a week, to train at the Suffolk dojo. In addition, he devoted his time once a week to teach at the Hampton school. On Aug. 26, 2006, Master Tadashi Yamashita promoted him to Shodan in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu. Vince had his own dojo in his back yard where he held classes on a daily basis and mentored many children. He is survived by his sister, Geraldine Hamilton and her husband Bruce of Brick, N.J.; mother, Patricia Crowell of Brick; brothers, Michael Crowell of Freehold, N.J., and Thomas Crowell and his wife Allison of Santa Clarita, Calif.; sister, Nancy Adams of Brick; and loving companion, Denise Clayton and her son Zack of Exmore, Va. He was admired by all of his many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Road, Brick, N.J. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Church of the Visitation, Brick. Interment to follow in St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood, N.J. There will be a memorial service Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at his dojo located at 11558 Roosevelt Ave., Exmore.
Vince’s Bio When He Was With Us:
Sensei Vince Crowell lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It is there that he studied and received his First Degree Black Belt under Sensei Elton Trower in 2002. As a gift to himself for many years of training, he went to Okinawa with Kyoshi Jeff Bateman and Master Tadashi Yamashita. While training in Okinawa, he learned a great deal about traditional karate.
Sensei Vince was invited to train at Jeff Bateman’s School of Karate in 2003. He travels 86 miles one way over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel twice a week to train at the Suffolk dojo. In addition, he devotes his time once a week to teach at the Hampton school. On August 26, 2006, Master Tadashi Yamashita promoted him to Shodan in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu.
Vince has his own dojo on the Eastern Shore where he holds classes and trains on a daily basis. The constant training pays off because he likes to eat out in his spare time. He is grateful to have a very supportive family, Denise and Zack.
Thank you Sensei Vincent for all you have done for us and the martial arts community.
We have suffered a great loss with your departure but we will keep a positive
attitude while we train as we know that you would want us to be the best we can be.
We will remember your power and strength in board breaking and your kind
and caring words as a great instructor and loving person.
You will be in our thoughts and our prayers as we carry on your light in our hearts.
We will be strong for your family and friends that need us in this moment.
You truly will be missed…