Michael Patrick McCrossen, AKA "Sparky", passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at the age of 70. He was born in September 10, 1950 in New Orleans, LA to the late Raymond Oswald and Catherine A. Hageney McCrossen. He married the former Gina Elizabeth Messina on December 1, 1972 and was happily married for 48 years. Mike graduated from Redemptorist High School in New Orleans in 1968 and earned a dual major in Business Administration and Economics from Nicholls State University "Harvard on the Bayou" in 1972. In his life, he worked for Blue Cross, Delta Health, Alexander & Alexander, and was elected New Orleans Recorder of Mortgages in 1990 for two 4-year terms. He was also self employed for many years in the insurance industry. Michael was also an inaugural board member of the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority and previously served as President of the New Orleans Levee Board and Board of New Orleans City Park. He was an avid fan of the Saints, Pelicans, and LSU. He was a watch and car aficionado fan. Mike was a dedicated and loving father to Eric (Shanna), Erin (Sammy), and Adam. The apple of his eye was his grandchildren Alexis, Zachary, Mia, and Landon. He is also survived by numerous cousins, friends, and extended family. The McCrossen family would like to thank Touro Infirmary ER staff and M5 nurses and doctors for the exceptional care provided. Family and friends are invited to the funeral services at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA 70001 on Friday, January 29, 2020. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am with a Mass starting at 1:00 pm followed by a repast. Interment will be private. Everyone attending must adhere to social distancing guidelines and are required to wear masks at all times. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Michael's Special School, 1522 Chippewa St. New Orleans, LA 70130 or online at https://www.stmichaelspecialschool.com
or The K-T Support Group at https://k-t.org.
Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com.
Published by The Times-Picayune from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, 2021.