, Salem, MA

April 14, 2014

Richard W. Cross Jr., 58

Danvers — Mr. Richard W. Cross Jr., 58, of Danvers, beloved husband of Gail M. (Toomey) Cross, died on Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Kindred Hospital, Peabody, following a long illness.

Raised in Danvers, he was the son of the late Richard W. Cross, Sr. and Marsha Michaud (Titus). He received his education in the Danvers School System.

Richie, as he was known, had a passion for building and riding motorcycles. He worked over 30 years as an auto body repairman, and several years as a tow truck operator at Phil’s Towing in Peabody. Since his illness, the love of his life, were his three granddaughters, whom he adored.

In addition to his loving wife of 33 years, Richard is survived by his daughter, Jessica L. Cross of Danvers; two sons, Richard W. Cross III and his wife, Ashley, of Danvers, and Michael R. Cross of Danvers; his three beautiful granddaughters, Madison, 11, Hadley, 1, and Kylie, 5 months; a brother, George W. Cross and his wife, Donna, of Danvers; and three sisters, Kimberly E. Cross of Beverly Farms, Denise Leblanc of Hamilton, and Kim Michaud of Rowley. He was predeceased in death by three brothers, Peter Cross, Stuart Cross and Edward Cross.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral services are private. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Danvers. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard’s name to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, visit