Beverly Farms — Mr. Richard W. “Dick” Cross, 77, husband of Judith E. (Messervey) Cross of Marblehead, died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his family.
Born and raised in Danvers, he was the son of the late, George W. and Mary E. (Perkins) Cross. He received his education in the Danvers school system.He served his country with the Massachusetts National Guard, 26th Yankee Division 102nd Field Artillery out of Salem for twelve years. During this time he helped battle the Manchester by the Sea fire of 1954.
As a young man, Dick’s love for automobiles began with him racing stock cars at the former West Peabody Pines Speedway and the Groveland Pines Speedway. He had worked as an auto body mechanic for Elliott Street Auto Body, Silver Brothers and Hartnett Auto Body prior to starting his own business Manchester Auto Body and Cross Towing in 1971 in Manchester by the Sea. He listed his original occupation as a “Tin Knocker”. He was especially proud of helping countless people on Rte. 128 during the Blizzard of 1978 who became stranded on the highway during this massive storm.
He was an avid collector of coins, antique scales, porcelain roosters, model tow trucks and rare toys. He enjoyed going to Fort Myers, Fla., every year with his wife Judith to visit their many friends there as well as going to yard sales and flea markets looking for a deal. He especially enjoyed spending much of his time with his granddaughter, Jordyn.
An active member of the community, he was a former member of the Hastings House Committee, the Fourth of July Committee and West Beach Committee in Beverly Farms. He was given the honor of being Volunteer of the Year in town of Manchester by the Sea. He was a member of the Towing Association, the National Rifle Association, The Manchester Club, the Amaral Baily Post #113, a fifty-year member of the Gerry Five in Marblehead.