Patricia M. Dayton Crowley, 71 of Waterford died Saturday May 18, 2019 after a long illness at Yale New Haven Hospital. Patricia was born June 1, 1947 in New London CT to Edward L. and Rose Wade Dayton. Patricia graduated from Waterford High School and was an accomplished dog breede and trainer.
Patty was strong willed and had a competitive spirit. She grew up training and showing Quarter Horses with her parents, and was an accomplished rider. While raising her children, Patty enjoyed watching them play a variety of sports. She could often be heard questioning if the official could see and coaching from the stands. She was also a youth softball coach. She had a cake pan for every holiday and would ensure her children brought cakes to school for every occasion. She especially loved Christmas.
In the 1970’s, Patty bought her first German Shorthaired Pointer, Baron, and so began a long career in the sport of dog shows. This became her life’s passion. She quickly became an accomplished professional handler and a well-known and respected breeder of German Shorthaired Pointers and Vizslas under the Kennel name Shannon. In the GSP world, she is affectionately known as the “Quean”. She traveled each week to shows throughout the country for over 40 years, including national shows and Westminster. She owned, bred and handled numerous top winning dogs over the years. She had a talent for studying genetics, and this showed in her breeding program. She mentored many judges due to her deep knowledge of both breeds. Patty developed numerous friendships throughout her years showing dogs and always considered these friends to be family. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge with those who were new to the sport, encouraging them to have the confidence to show their own dogs. She loved the gatherings after the shows and could often be found with glass of wine in hand telling stories and laughing. She loved a good party. She enjoyed cheering for her friends almost as much as she enjoyed winning. She enjoyed the fact that her daughter, and grandson, Logan, were also involved in her sport.
Patty loved bragging about and spending time with her grandchildren. She often made it her mission to ensure her grandchildren had whatever they asked grandma for. She loved Disney, and ensured to attend the Florida dog show circuit when she could, as it ended with some time at Disney. Her grandson Logan joined her on a couple of those Disney trips. She would also watch Logan play hockey whenever she could, and was sure to help the officials pay attention.
Patty fell ill while at a dog show on May 19, 2018. She was diagnosed with Powassan, a deadly tick borne illness. She fought a year long battle with the disease and its aftermath, making great progress at times. Her strong will and sprit were ever present until the end. Her strength despite her illness was amazing. The support shown to her and her family by her dog show family over the last year has been amazing and never wavered despite the length of her illness.
Her family would like to thank the nursing staff of Maine Medical, and Yale MICU and 10-7 for treating her like family. It was no coincidence that Patty could be heard singing “Thank You for being a friend” from her hospital bed.
She is survived by daughter: Erin Crowley and her husband Richard German of East Haddam; sons: Matthew E. Crowley of West Virginia and Patrick J. Crowley II and his wife Pamela of South Carolina; grandchildren: Logan, Taylor, Kylie, and Jonathan; Aunt Mary Dayton and several cousins.
The family will greet friends Monday June 3, 2019 from 10:00AM until the 11:00AM Memorial Service at the Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington Street, New London. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia's memory can be made to: “Take The Lead”, 215 Washington Street, Suite 110, Watertown, NY 13601. Patty has been a strong supporter of Take the Lead from the start, and they have assisted Patty throughout the past year