Robert Cross

Robert L. Cross

March 26th, 1919 - April 17th, 2020
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Passed away, peacefully, after a long and satisfying life, “Through Adversity To The Stars” Royal Canadian Air Force Motto, on Friday, April 17th, 2020, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, Ret. RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert L. Cross a resident of Hickory Hills, Tillsonburg since 1991 in his 102nd year. Robert answered Canada’s call during World War II enlisted and served with distinction as RCAF Flight Lieutenant during active duty conditions. Robert was a deeply dedicated Executive Member and Service Officer for the Royal Canadian Legion BR. # 153, Tillsonburg serving all his fellow Service man and fellow Service women as a dedicated Legion Service Officer for several years dealing with Veterans Affairs Canada. He served on all Executive Committees for years. Poppy Fundraising Volunteer, dedicated Sgt-At-Arms, especially at Remembrance Day Parades and several highly dignified Legion Funeral Services. Robert was an RCAF Flight Instructor until 1965. Robert was a volunteer in various capacities with the Tillsonburg Multi Service Centre. Robert’s life growing up on the farm outside of St. Thomas lead to a love of gardening and growing vegetables for his family for many years. He enjoyed traveling with his wife spending many winters in Florida and Arizona. He enjoyed being active, particularly outdoors and always said that the most important thing was always to keep moving. In recent years he became a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and was very disappointed their season was suspended this year. His family was the most important thing in his life and he was insistent on celebrating each person’s birthday every year.

Robert was born in St. Thomas to the late George Cross and Mabel (Baker) Cross. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 67 years. RCAF (L.A.W.) Leading Air Woman Barbara Ann (Wilson) Cross (2010). Loving father of Mary MacLeod of Aylmer and late Roderick (2013). Predeceased by his son David Cross (2005) and his son Gordon Cross (2019) who is survived by his wife (daughter-in-law) Alison Cross, Tillsonburg. Predeceased by his sister Mary Hogg (1980) and late Nelson. Predeceased by a brother Howard Cross (2003) and late Agnes. Dearly loved father-in-law of Alison Cross, Tillsonburg and her children who were Robert’s loving grandchildren: Alexander, Thomas, Andrew and Laura. Survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

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As a result of Covid-19 pandemic, a private family visitation and Complete Private Family Funeral Service by Pastor Paul Robinson to take place at the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES – BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg. On Robert’s tribute page (at, relatives and friends are invited to share their favourite photos, memories, express condolences, send flowers or make memorial donations in Robert’s memory to the “Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund” or to the “Tillsonburg Royal Canadian Legion Fund,” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes (519-842-4238), entrusted with all funeral arrangements. A Legion Zone District Memorial Service Tribute for Robert will be edified by the Officers and members of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #153 and District members at a later date with details to be announced in the future.
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  • Complete Private Family Funeral Service

    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    262 Broadway Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 3R7
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    Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, the Funeral Service will be Private. A Royal Canadian Legion Memorial Service to honour Robert will be edified at a later date with details to be announced in the future.
    Pastor Paul Robinson
  • Interment

    Tillsonburg Cemetery
    191-193 Simcoe Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario
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    At a later date.


  • Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Royal Canadian Legion


Donations are being accepted for: THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH 153, POPPY FUND.


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Paul Bruce WOODS

Posted at 05:17pm
It is with heavy hearts, my wife and I give our deepest sympathy and condolences to Mary and the Cross family, on the loss of a great man. Robert served on the executive while I was President, of Branch 153 from 1992-1994, as Sgt at Arms and today that picture of Barbara Ann Scott, famous figure skater, with Robert, my wife and I which hangs on our wall at home, which we will always cherish in our hearts. Robert and Graham Turner were best of friends and now they meet together in heaven along with their wives, Barbara and Edna. These people were legends and true friends. Thank for your service Robert and both have made Canada proud for your R.C.A.F. service. Many and I say many will miss you all/ It is so hard to say good-bye to a true hero. Our Canadian Flag, at home continues to fly at half mast, to honour our veterans who all have served with dignity, courage and bravery for their Country. "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM" May you rest in peace and someday we will all meet together. All our love Lee and Paul B. Woods

Glen Williams

Posted at 12:51pm
Glen Williams, St.Thomas
Sending our condolences on behalf of the Don & Hazel Williams Family. Roy (as my father called him) and Don were very close. Being first cousins born in the same year, raised on the farm and both served in the airforce during WW2. Always looked forward to seeing and visiting with Robert at the Baker Picnic. I managed to find a couple of pictures that my Dad had. One of Robert in his airforce uniform and one of his family from 1938. Sincerly the Williams Family.

Pauline and family in UK

Posted at 07:11am
Now Robert you will be part of Canada forever XXX much love Mary and Family xxx
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Karen Robinson

Posted at 12:00pm
Mary, Alison, and Family:
We are so sorry to hear about Robert's passing. We certainly know how much he meant to all of you, as Alison frequently spoke about him during lunches that Alison, Sheila, and I have had together. He certainly cared about those around him, and they appreciated everything that he did. His dedication to country, family, and community will not be forgotten. I hope the wonderful times that you shared together will help you at this difficult time. Karen and Dale Robinson

connie shuga Posted at 11:16pm

my dear friend robert you are missed by me trainingme at meals on wheels for years we had such a good time then you arrived at von i salute you sir for your service to this great country. it was a blast at your 100th birthday party. oh you are so loved and will be missed by many. i will never forget the smile on your face or the twinkle in your eye. rest in peace until we meet again. love connie shuga

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