This is a remembrance from our Boston Byzantine Choir Director, Charlie Marge about a dear friend and priest recently reposed.
It is with great sadness, but with the hope of the resurrection, that we inform you of the passing of Fr. Isaac Crow, pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul in Potomac, MD and father of our BBC alum and composer, Basil Crow. From our early days, Fr. Isaac was a strong supporter of the Boston Byzantine Choir and offered our ministry much encouragement over the years. He was a kind and gentle man, full of faith and wisdom. He battled cancer on and off over the past few years, which had just returned three weeks ago. In the words of his Khouriyee, “He died a true Christian. With every pain and tribulation he would say ‘Thank God.’” We will miss him dearly.
When his parish was hosting the New England Parish Life Conference in Westford, MA, he invited the BBC to chant Saturday night vespers so that the people could hear choral Byzantine chant for the first time. The presiding bishop turned out to be none other than Sayidna JOSEPH (now our Metropolitan), who was so pleased to hear the Patriarchal Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul chanted by a choir that he said it reminded him of the days when he directed the choir at the Balamand Seminary in Lebanon. What a blessing to have been invited by Fr Isaac.
He was later transferred to St. Mary’s in Pawtucket, RI, and as the OCF Chaplain at Brown University, where his son Basil studied, he invited us to sing two programs there, a Lenten one in 2006 and a Paschal one in 2009. We last saw him in December of 2017, when we sang our Twelve Days of Christmas program at his parish in Maryland. And he was always stocking his church bookstores with our CDs to support our ministry.
Basil, our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go to you and your mother, Khouriyee Dolly.
May his memory be eternal!