Waterford - Robert J. Crossley, 85, the beloved husband for the last 63 years of Helen (Labis) Crossley, passed away peacefully Monday, July 23, 2012.
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He was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Chicopee, Mass., the son of the late Samuel K. and Bella (Burgess) Crossley. Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer escort, USS Wingfield in the South Pacific Theater. He was a life member of the VFW in East Hampton, a former member of the Marlborough Loyal Order of Moose, and a former member of the Hazardville Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.
Besides his wife, Helen, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Catherine C. and Stephen J. Negri of Waterford; his son and daughter-in-law, Alan R. and Donna Crossley of Marlborough; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 14 step great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He loved them all. He also leaves his faithful dog, "Alfie".
He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph and a sister, Isabelle.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012, in St. John Fisher Church, 30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough. Burial with military honors will follow in Marlboro Cemetery, Marlborough. Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Friday.
Memorial donations may be made to the Goshen Volunteer Fire Department, 63 Goshen Road, Waterford, CT 06385.
To share a memory, please visit www.mulryanfh.com
Mulryan Funeral Home
725 Hebron Avenue Glastonbury, CT 06033
Published in The Day on July 25, 2012