He was affectionately known by his wife Judy as “The Bird.” Beneath his stern Yankee exterior, he had a great heart of gold, was extremely generous to all those in need and always made himself available to help people in any way that he could. He enjoyed telling stories or spinning a yarn and had keen memory of things past.
He had the knack of remembering people and their names and seemed to know everyone in town.
In addition to his wife, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage, he is survived by a daughter and business partner Kimberly E. Cross and her fiancé Tony Parisi of Beverly Farms; two sons, George A. Cross and his wife Donna of Danvers, Richard Cross Jr. and his wife Gail of Danvers; two brothers, Phillip Cross and his wife Anne Dzierzak of Danvers, Ralph Cross and his wife Ginger of Fla.; sisters in law, Michelle Irving of Marblehead and Suzanne Dodge and her husband David of Marblehead; sister in law, Wanda Messervey of Winchondon; special children, Lisa and David Palazola of Gloucester, Jeanne Upton of Danvers, grandchildren, Jordyn Mary Cross Parisi, Michael Cross, Allison Cross, Mike Cross, Richard Cross, Jessica Cross; special grandchildren, Amber Macione, Josh Palazola, Jade Langley, Ashley Parisi, Katrina O’Donnell, David Parisi, John Upton, Dianne Upton and several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. Close and dear friends, Michael Wogan and his wife Kathy of Beverly, Ellen Nolan of Beverly Farms, Timothy McInnis of Beverly Farms and Billy Bell of Manchester. He was preceded in death by a son, Peter D. Cross; a brother, Donald Cross; brother-in-law, Ambrose H. Messervey; sister in law, Marcia M. Messervey Buswell and her husband Ralph Buswell; a cousin, Mike Tipert, his best friend, Ralph Colantino of Beverly Farms; and his beloved dogs, Sydney, Samson, Ben and Drew.