Obituary of John Robert Crossen
Crossen, John passed away on March 22, 2018, at age 73. John was surrounded by his devoted wife and soulmate, Deb and angels of loved ones passed. He will be missed by his brother-in-law Bruce Crane and sister-in-law Debbi; his nephews Adam and Matthew; and nieces Pam and Heather.
John was born in Midland, Michigan and came to Canada in 1967. He often joked that Toronto threw him a big party to mark his arrival (it was, in fact, the celebration of the Stanley Cup victory by the Toronto Maple Leafs). After an award-winning career in advertising, John retired and he and Deb decided to cast away the big city lights for the darker skies of Buckhorn.
John turned his passion for astronomy into a popular tourist attraction in 2002 – the Buckhorn Observatory. He entertained thousands of visitors over 12 years, showing them the wonders of the universe. John also developed a successful outreach program, taking his hobby to resort guests and local organizations. He was past-president of the Peterborough Astronomical Association and taught their beginning astronomy course.
John will be remembered by family and friends as a kind, generous, funny guy who always made time for others. He loved life, his friends and his community. His spirit will live on in the stars.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Buckhorn Regional Health Centre or Buckhorn Community Centre would be appreciated. A celebration of John's life will take place at the Buckhorn Community Centre on Sunday, April 8th from 12-3 pm.