October 5, 1948 – July 18, 2021
Bob, 72, a longtime resident of the Hamlet of Winterton, N.Y. passed away Sunday, July 18 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.
The son of the late George and Sally Cross, Bob grew up on Skaneateles Lake, N.Y. where you could always find him on the water swimming, boating or skiing. He helped run the family marina while attending Skaneateles High School where he played football, threw the shotput as a member of the track and field team and played the tuba.
He is a graduate of Niagara University where he met and fell in love with his wife of 48 years. He enlisted in the Navy and proudly served for six years including a tour in the Mediterranean on the USS Independence. He had the opportunity to visit Scotland, Italy and Greece which sparked his love of traveling.
Bob used his many and varied talents and people skills throughout his career. He was the manager of the Sterling Forest Ski Area and Gardens and then he went on to start his own business while teaching at the BOCES Vocational Center in Goshen. He ended his career as a Manager/Job Coach of the emergent work program for adults with disabilities at Crystal Run Village where he retired in 2012. He was passionate about advocating for his clients.
As an environmentalist he enjoyed being outside whether it was taking a brisk walk around his neighborhood, going for a peaceful kayak ride with his wife or biking and camping with his family. Bob and his wife relished going on bed and breakfast adventures throughout the New England area. He also enjoyed refinishing furniture and projects around the house.
Bob was a dedicated member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, N.Y. where he often volunteered his time to various community events and services including the Food Pantry and Summerfest. He also volunteered with Meals on Wheels with his wife for many years. Bob was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
He is survived by his beloved wife Alice and children Brian, Emily (Jorge) and Megan (Nicole). He was the proud “Papa” of grandchildren Courtney, Caden and Madeline. As well as his sister Hazel (Jim), brother Jimmy (Sharon), sisters-in-law Lynn and Valerie (Joe), brother in-law Gene and several cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents George and Sally, mother in-law Madeline, father in-law Miles and brothers in-law Miles Jr. and John.
Visitation will take place from 3 to 6 pm on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 17 High Street, Bloomingburg, NY 12721. Burial with Military honors will follow in Orange County Veterans Cemetery, 111 Craigville Road, Goshen, NY 10924.
In lieu of flowers donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Memory Cafe. Donations can be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 2649 South Rd., Suite 101, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
The family kindly asks any visitors that are not fully vaccinated please wear a mask to the visitation.
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130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940
17 High Street
Bloomingburg, NY 12721
111 Craigville Road
Goshen, NY 10924