WEST GLOVER- Randolph “Randy” Lee Cross, 65, died on Saturday, February 8, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Cross was born on April 21, 1954, in Bennington to Myron and Eugenia Cross. He graduated from Wilmington High School.
From an early age he had a love of cars and engines, eventually owning his own business, Cross Towing Inc., for garage repairs and towing, for over 40 years. He also was a volunteer fire fighter in West Dover for over 10 years. In recent years he was very proud to be a member of the Orleans Lions Club, District 45, Vermont.
Mr. Cross enjoyed boating on Long Island Sound and salt water fishing. During his life he owned many motorcycles, BSAs and Harleys, along with muscle cars.
He also was an avid snowmobiler and was one of the first to own one in the Deerfield Valley.
His passion for gardening was evident on his property by the Barton River where he grew fruit and nut trees along with squash and pumpkins, and he loved sunflowers. You could also find him tinkering on old tractors and mowers.
Mr. Cross spent many of his later years on his property on Lake Parker in West Glover enjoying his retirement, fishing from his dock, watching sunsets, and building bonfires with his dog Tasha and cat Tilley.
Mr. Cross was gifted and talented in any interest he pursued. Admired for his quiet manner, keen sense of humor. and generosity of spirit, he will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known him.
Mr. Cross is survived by his beloved companion of more than 21 years, Nancy Hofer; his son Jason Lee Cross; his grandchilden Jaidyn, Dylan, and Hudson, of Corpus Christi TX; his sisters Deborah and her husband Kevin Robinson, of Stratton, Donna and her husband Mark Yule, of Wilmington, and Amanda Cross and her husband Kevin Butler, of Whitingham; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Myron and Eugenia Cross and his brothers Michael and Stephen Cross.
There will be a celebration of life in the spring in both Wilmington and the Northeast Kingdom.
Donations in memory of Mr. Cross can be made to the organization of choice for cancer research.