Reverend Robert Donald Cross
Reverend Robert Donald Cross of New Minas, NS, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 20, 2020 at Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton, NS.
Robert was born on Big Tancook Island, NS on August 29, 1933 to the late Ernest and Hazel (Mason) Cross. He was raised and schooled on the Island, which remained his favourite place on earth. Fishing, playing hockey, singing, and later, playing golf were cherished activities. As a young man, Robert felt God calling him to the ministry. He attended Eastern Pentecostal Bible College and graduated in 1955. He began his ministry in Dalhousie, NB that same year. Throughout his ministry, Robert pastored in all three Maritime Provinces; he occasionally ventured off to Newfoundland, where he loved to preach. Throughout his entire lifetime, and even until his last days, Robert spoke to people he encountered about the Good News of the Gospel.
Robert is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ella (Ward) Cross, whom he married just before beginning his pastoral ministry. He is also survived by his four children: Donald (Doreen); Susan (Doug) Norton; Stephen (Lori); Nancy (Willis) Langford, as well as ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Robert’s surviving siblings are: John (Elaine); Lillian Dyer; Grace Henneberry; Faith (Bernard) Blinn and Colleen (Philip) Levy. As well, Robert is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert was predeceased by his brother, Elmer Stuart Cross, and his sister, Doreen Edith Baker.
Ella and her children wish to thank the many people who visited, prayed for and supported Robert during his physical decline, as well as the VON caregivers, and many doctors, nurses and hospital staff of the Valley Regional Hospital and Soldiers Memorial Hospital for their kindness, compassion and professional care for Robert.
A public graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 in Elm Grove Cemetery. A Celebration of Robert's life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Donations in memory may be made to:
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