Tim Crowe RIP 30/11/1936 - 23/05/2020

EarleyBee

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My Dad was born in Silver Crescent, Chiswick in 1936, the second world war shaped his childhood years with stories he relayed of doodle bugs, 1,000 raids, shrapnel collections and war time cups. He first ventured to Griffin Park with his Dad, a Norwich City supporter who had moved to West London, and this became the catalyst for Dad’s lifelong passion for the Bees. After National Service in Germany, he joined the GPO with his initial years were spent, as he would say, “Up poles and down holes”, and finished in various management roles in what became BT. My first memories of Brentford were collecting matchsticks with my elder sister on the wide and largely empty expanses of the New Road terrace; the roar of the game mixing with the smell of pipe tobacco and fags. My interest soon switched to events on the pitch, my sister’s to horses and this left Dad and I to fill our trips up the M4 from Maidenhead with chatter about the forthcoming match and all things Brentford. For some reason Dad was always keen on running between car and ground and to begin with he would encourage me with “keep up Si were going to be late”, we never were. As my legs grew longer, we would run together, and as teenage years extended a diversion to the New Inn for a pre-match beer or two was added to the ritual. We shared the highs and the lows together until grandsons joined and one at least caught the bug and kept coming.

His later years were blighted by a degenerative condition that slowly robbed an active man of his mobility. We clung to the New Road for as long as we could, and I thank all those that lent a helping hand assisting Dad with the steps, whilst I man-handled his wheelchair. The disabled section of the Braemer allowed him to carry on supporting for a few seasons more. One of his last ambitions was to clock up some matches at Lionel Road, but two strokes denied him that, like Arnhem it proved to be a bridge too far. Whenever we get to see our Bees play our first match in LR, I’ll be raising a glass to a quiet man, a dependable and trustworthy man that I had the honour to call my Dad.
 

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Quality read.

RIP
 

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That’s a great tribute to your dad, EarleyBee.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Nice words mate
May your daddy rest in peace
 

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You are blessed to have such cherished memories and your Dad will be so proud to have helped create them for you.
RIP Tim.
 

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Lovely words. A fine tribute. So sorry he never made LR. RIP Tim.
 

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Sorry for your loss.

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So nicely put mate, I hope that he got to see the Benham years . Many of us will be raising a glass to our loved ones when we debut at Lionel rd.RIP Tim
 

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RIP. Nice tribute makes me think of my early times at Griffin Park with my late dad. Can't believe he has been gone 19 years now. remember all the stories about the Bees in the thirties, he would have loved seeing the Bees at Lionel road. Sure he is still watching upstairs.
 

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That is a truly beautiful tribute EarleyBee! I needed a moment at the end of it. I hope those great memories you built up with your dad will be some comfort in the days, months and years ahead. RIP Tim
 

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Many Condolences EarleyBee. Rest in Peace Tim.
 

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Im so sorry for the loss of your dad but reading this shows how much joy you and all your family had . My sympathy goes out to all your family and friends and although I don't know you I for one will raise a glass to your dad .
My Dad was born in Silver Crescent, Chiswick in 1936, the second world war shaped his childhood years with stories he relayed of doodle bugs, 1,000 raids, shrapnel collections and war time cups. He first ventured to Griffin Park with his Dad, a Norwich City supporter who had moved to West London, and this became the catalyst for Dad’s lifelong passion for the Bees. After National Service in Germany, he joined the GPO with his initial years were spent, as he would say, “Up poles and down holes”, and finished in various management roles in what became BT. My first memories of Brentford were collecting matchsticks with my elder sister on the wide and largely empty expanses of the New Road terrace; the roar of the game mixing with the smell of pipe tobacco and fags. My interest soon switched to events on the pitch, my sister’s to horses and this left Dad and I to fill our trips up the M4 from Maidenhead with chatter about the forthcoming match and all things Brentford. For some reason Dad was always keen on running between car and ground and to begin with he would encourage me with “keep up Si were going to be late”, we never were. As my legs grew longer, we would run together, and as teenage years extended a diversion to the New Inn for a pre-match beer or two was added to the ritual. We shared the highs and the lows together until grandsons joined and one at least caught the bug and kept coming.

His later years were blighted by a degenerative condition that slowly robbed an active man of his mobility. We clung to the New Road for as long as we could, and I thank all those that lent a helping hand assisting Dad with the steps, whilst I man-handled his wheelchair. The disabled section of the Braemer allowed him to carry on supporting for a few seasons more. One of his last ambitions was to clock up some matches at Lionel Road, but two strokes denied him that, like Arnhem it proved to be a bridge too far. Whenever we get to see our Bees play our first match in LR, I’ll be raising a glass to a quiet man, a dependable and trustworthy man that I had the honour to call my Dad.
 

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Sorry to be a old softie, but if you have had a minor trivial stubborn falling out with your mum and/or dad resolve it and have a relationship with them if you can.
Then ask them questions only they would know the answers to. How they met? Childhood etc. Anything!
I know now having lost both my parents one suddenly, when they are gone they are gone.
EarleyBee hope you don't mind me putting this on your fantastic tribute to your dad.
RIP
 

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Very touching tribute to your Dad .He would be very proud.RIP Tim 🙏🐝
 
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Thank you all for the kind messages, its very much appreciated by me and the family
 
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Sorry to be a old softie, but if you have had a minor trivial stubborn falling out with your mum and/or dad resolve it and have a relationship with them if you can.
Then ask them questions only they would know the answers to. How they met? Childhood etc. Anything!
I know now having lost both my parents one suddenly, when they are gone they are gone.
EarleyBee hope you don't mind me putting this on your fantastic tribute to your dad.
RIP
No problem at all Ace Face its a very good point that you make.
 

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