Peter Henry Crosby, Age 59
Peter passed away peacefully on December 3, 2020. Tough as nails as he always was, he fought a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband to Jeanne Crosby, father to Jennifer Crosby-Kyed and her husband Doug Kyed, Jessica Crosby and her husband Jesse Bottoms, Brian Crosby, and Aidan Crosby; grandfather to Olivia Kyed and Norah Bottoms. Peter was also the son to his beloved mother Carol W. Crosby and her first husband, the late Henry Manning. When Carol remarried to John B. Crosby, he adopted Peter and became his father. He was the brother to Cynthia (Mark), John (Betsy), Nancy (Bob), and Sharon (Jim). Peter also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He was also adored by many other family members and friends.
Born in Worcester in 1961, Peter later relocated to Cape Cod where he found so many loves of his life: his wife Jeanne, the ocean, and concrete form work. A self-proclaimed “form dog,” he was usually covered quite literally head to toe in concrete. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family of six. Even in his final weeks, he was reviewing foundation plans and quoting jobs so that he could continue to be helpful to his son, Brian, who had taken over the reins from his father. He loved what he did, always proclaiming he loved physical labor and would “dig a hole in the ground just for fun.” He loved all the people that worked for him, and with him, and the stories they came with.
Peter was his kids’ biggest fan. He never missed a game or a road race (no matter how small), and was first to arrive when his granddaughters were born. His older daughters will cherish seeing him beaming with pride, a large coffee in one hand and the other fist in the air, around mile 2 of their Thanksgiving road race each year. His biggest pride was probably when his son’s high school football team made it to the championship game at Gillette Stadium. It was the talk of the town, and he reveled in the attention, bragging about people coming up to him in “the coffee shop” to talk about Brian and the team. In more recent years, the “form dog” took such an interest in his youngest’s career as an esthetician, always asking her questions about her craft and her clients.
He loved Cape Cod - swimming in the ocean and visiting with “Ma.” He loved classic rock - driving his daughters crazy saying AC/DC would be around a lot longer than *NSYNC (he was right). He loved his pick-up truck, and a cooler full of Budweiser. He had a million wild stories he loved to tell, and could tell like no one else, for seemingly hours. Simply put, he was a legend.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the family hopes to plan a celebration of life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s memory can be made to No Stomach for Cancer (nostomachforcancer.org).
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