In Memoriam: Jan. 9

David Christopher Callan, 80, Vero Beach

David Christopher Callan, 80, longtime resident of Vero Beach, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 3rd, 2018.  He was born Nov. 13, 1937, in Altoona, Pa. He was raised in the D.C. area.

Following elementary school at St. Bernadette’s in Silver Spring, Dave entered Archbishop Carroll High School’s inaugural class, graduating in 1955. He excelled at baseball and football and as a result was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He attended both Georgetown University and Law School on academic scholarship, achieving a BSS degree in history followed by a degree in law.

In 1962, Dave was hired by the FBI. He completed the Bureau’s language program and served in Albany, N.Y., El Paso, Texas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  In 1968, Dave was assigned to the Miami Field Office and eventually designated Senior Resident Agent in the Ft. Pierce area.

While his focus from 1968 to 1994 was the Treasure Coast, he continued to serve on the Miami Field Office SWAT Team and was a firearms instructor to local law enforcement.

Dave worked several high-profile cases during this time, the most satisfying involved rescue of the kidnapped 4-year-old son of a prominent physician. Another notable case involved the recovery of valuable coins and a platinum disc from the 1517 Spanish Plate Fleet shipwreck, stolen from the McLarty Treasure Museum.

The solution to the John’s Island jewel heist was just one of many examples of the coordination effort Dave worked tirelessly to achieve with other law enforcement agencies.

He forged close professional and personal relationships with many of those colleagues that remain to this day.

After his retirement from the FBI, Dave continued to use his investigative talents with the Florida Bar Association from 1995 until 2016.

Dave had a life-long love of history and genealogy and enjoyed travelling. His favorite adventures included climbing Mt. Hood and riding the rapids on the Snake and Des Chutes Rivers. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Dave will be remembered for his kindness, loyalty, and determination, but most of all for his deep devotion to his family.

Dave is survived by Joyce, his beloved wife of 32 years; and his children, Aileen (Kevin) Early, of Williamsburg, Va., Patricia (Robert) Burke, of Annapolis, Md., and Christa (Fernando) Santos, of Orlando; his grandchildren, Anneka and Katrina Early, Abigail, Brendan, and Caroline Burke, and Amelia and Joshua Santos; and his brothers Joseph, Dennis, and Robert, and extended family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation, 3717 Fetter Park Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025 or; The Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960; or We Care Foundation of Indian River, P O Box 573, Vero Beach 32961, or in memory of David C. Callan.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach.


Terry “Mimi” Crowley, 72, Vero Beach

Terry “Mimi” Crowley, 72, of Vero Beach, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 4, 2018, the cause was heart failure. While Terry’s death was unexpected and tragic, happily, she was able to spend her last days and weeks celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with her beloved family and friends.

Terry was the second child of Dr. James and Connie Worcester. Born June 25, 1945, in Miami, most of her childhood was spent in Bronxville, N.Y. She graduated from Oldfields School and Pine Manor College.

Terry is survived by her sister Leigh Carpenter; and brothers, Steve and Peter Worcester.

Terry is also survived by her husband, John, whom she met at a dance in the summer of 1964. For John, this was love at first sight; but Terry needed some convincing. After a determined courtship, John and Terry were married in Scarsdale, N.Y., in 1967.

Terry was taken to Germany and Denmark due to John’s job as Lieutenant in the US Army. After the Army, John worked in publishing and ultimately became the Associate Publisher of Time magazine.

Because of Terry and John’s warm and outgoing personalities, they developed lifelong friendships as a young couple living in Chicago, Rye, N.Y., and Greenwich, Conn., before moving to Vero Beach in 1988.

Terry lived for, and was deeply loved by, her immediate and extended family. She and John had two boys, Jay and Chris; two daughters-in-law, Maria and Sara; and was “Mimi” to her four grandchildren, Jake, Ryan, Michaela, and Caden.

Due to the closeness of the family, they got together often in Connecticut or Florida, and Terry was never happier than when planning or participating in these family gatherings.

The ultimate entrepreneur, Terry had a clothing business, a furniture business, a design business, and was a real estate broker in Greenwich, Conn.

When Terry and John moved to Florida, Terry joined John’s Island Real Estate Company. Through hard work, determination, and intelligence, Terry became a top producer at the firm. And because of her caring personality, she helped countless people get successfully launched into the community.

Also, Terry shared her gift for design and decorating with many friends, and helped them create the kind of warm and stylish homes that Terry always maintained for her family.

Terry was known for her energy, focus, and “can do” attitude. To the very last, Terry was charging around John’s Island taking care of her husband, children, grandchildren, extended family, friends and clients. And always doing this with a broad smile on her beautiful face. We will all miss her every day.

Family will honor Terry on Jan. 12 at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach at 3p.m.

A service to be held in Connecticut is planned this Spring.

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