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Loring K. Crossman, OFS
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    Framingham, MA 01701

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“Edwina, We greatly respected your loving care of your great friend. If we are to judge ourselves by our friends, then Loring was a most wonderful...Read More »
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“Edwina: You have been a good thoughtful companion. You worked hard taking care of Loring when he got sick. I know you loved him very much. I also...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Cecile Gordon - Saugus, MA

“Dear Auntie, With all my love and prayers. Jim ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Gabrillo Minglana

“May the Lord rest his soul in paradise, and give you comfort, and reward you for all the care that and labor. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Ashraf Gabour

“My deepest condolences to the family and to you Edwina God Bless you and give you the comfort, the strength and health to continue. I know that he...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Maria Perez - Friend

“Dear Edwina, I am so sorry for your loss and also to Lorings Family. I know you cared so much about him. May he rest if peace. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy McLaughlin

“my condolences to Edwina and to his family on the sad passing of mr corpsman. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: carlos nieves - stoneham ma, MA

“mhs class of 1954. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: larry cummings - wilmington, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Joseph Corbett - Boxford, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: John W. Gately, Fred Sprague and John H. Gately


Loring K. Crossman, OFS of Stoneham, a retired jazz drummer, died at his home on January 12, 2015.
Born in Boston, Mr. Crossman was raised in Melrose. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1954 and attended Middlesex Community College and Berkeley School of Music.
Mr. Crossman spent over 15 years playing drums for different US jazz bands which involved travels to different places in the USA, including 2 weeks in Iceland playing for the US Army Band. He is a member of Boston Musicians' Association.
He worked for 6 years as Director of a Social Club in Waltham and a Leader for more than 10 years of Dr. Lowes' Recovery, Inc. group that used to meet weekly in Melrose, which is based in Chicago.
He was a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and drummer at Masses at St. Anthony Shrine in downtown Boston. He was an active professed member of the Third Order Secular Franciscan of St. Anthony Fraternity that meets monthly at Boston's St. Anthony Shrine. He was appointed Editor of the Fraternity's newsletter dubbed : "Shalom" and Formation Team member after a 10-day Franciscan Study Pilgrimage in Rome and Assisi, until his election as Councilor of St. Anthony Fraternity Council, then as elected Minister of the Fraternity for six years. He was also elected as Councilor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Regional Fraternity Council that used to meet in Andover, MA, now meeting in Kennebunk, Maine. He became an excused member of the Fraternity after a bout and remission of cancer, afterwards succumbing to different illnesses.
He led a weekly Centering Prayer and Scripture Prayer Group at St. Anthony Shrine, then at Melrose's St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish after his training with Fr. Basil Pennington of the Cistercian Order in Spencer, MA. He was a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Mary of the Annunciation before transferring to St. Patrick Parish.
Mr. Crossman is survived by daughter Lorna K. Doherty, son-in-law Keith Doherty, grandson Patrick Doherty, ex-wife Sanchia DePasqale, longtime Franciscan companion/caregiver Edwina Gabrillo, OFS and friends.
Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Saturday, Jan. 17th at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick's Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours on Friday from 4-8PM. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.