Crosby, Christopher

July 20th, 2011

U. S. Army Specialist Christopher Robert Crosby, age 23, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at Fort Richardson Army Base in Anchorage, Alaska.

Chris was born on May 10, 1988 in Winchester, MA, he was the cherished only son of Robert L. and Donna M. (Ricci) Crosby of Wilmington. Chris grew up in Wilmington, he was educated in the school system, graduating from Wilmington High School Class of 2006. Chris was also an avid athlete, playing soccer from kindergarten with the Wilmington Youth Soccer program right through high school as a member of the Wilmington Wildcats Soccer Team. Chris also was a member of the Wilmington High School Spring and Winter track teams for all four years of High School.

Chris went on to further his education at Worcester State College and enlisted in the United States Army in 2008. Chris loved being in the Army, he excelled in Special Forces training, and felt that he had found his purpose and calling in life.

Chris had a wonderful personality and people were drawn to him, he had a great sense of humor and was always joking around with his family and friends.

Chris loved his family unconditionally, he enjoyed family holidays and their many family trips to Disney World in Florida. He was proud of his Italian/Irish Heritage and loved a good corned beef and cabbage dinner. Chris also had a large extended family and was especially close to his many aunts, uncles, and cousins, they always had a great time when everyone was together.

Chris was a true and loyal friend, he made friendships as a youngster that would last throughout his entire life.

Chris will be fondly remembered for his devotion and love to his family, friends, and his country.

Chris was proud to be an American who unselfishly gave of himself to the country and should be commended for his efforts. He was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend who will be missed more than words can say.

Besides his parents, Chris is survived by his two sisters who loved him dearly Kelly C. Crosby and Kristin M. Crosby both of Wilmington, he was the beloved grandson of Louis and the late Mary Lou (Visconti) Ricci, Robert and Dorothy Crosby all of Reading, and his great-grandmother Mary Ricci of East Boston. Chris is also survived by his girlfriend Courtney Basara as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, July 27th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with full Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, July 26th from 3-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Chris’ name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


68 Entries in Guest Book for “Crosby, Christopher”

  1. The Donovan Family says:

    Bob, Donna,Kelly and Krisitn.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are thinking of you all and please know that your friends are here to support you all. God Bless Chris for his service to his country. He was a great kid

    Mike, MaryAnn, James and Leah Donovan

  2. Pauline Camillo says:

    I can only say that Christopher will not want to see his family suffer in agony. Please understand that there are no words that can comfort you at this time. I’m truly sorry for your entire family and circle of friends. God Bless you. Rest In Peace Christopher.

  3. Joyce McGowan says:

    Dear Donna, Bob, Kelly and Kristen,

    We are all so very saddened to hear the loss of your beautiful child, Chris. It seems like yesterday when he and James would be playing in your yard and on the soccer field. How quickly they grow up. He had such a twinkle in his eyes and a smile that would warm your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. In this difficult time try to remember he lives inside all of us for he has touched so many people.

    -The McGowan Family

  4. Debbie and Peter selfridge says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss of Christopher. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Paula Bouffard says:

    Dear family,
    I am so sorry that you have lost your son. I too lost mine in Iraq. Thank you for raising such a wonderful person. No words can comfort right now, but know that you are Not Alone in your suffering.
    Love Paula

  6. Dan and Patti Moen says:

    Bob and Donna, our thoughts and prayers are with you. There are no words to describe the heartache that we feel for you and your family. Chris was a wonderful person who will not be forgotten. Please know that you have our deepest condolences. God bless.

    Dan and Patti

  7. Brian Peckham says:

    I heard about the loss of your son on the news and found his obituary on and I just wanted to let you know that I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers!

  8. Kathy DiPietro says:

    Dear Donna, Bobby, Kelly and Kristin,

    Dear Bob and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Please know that I am thinking of you during this time. May God comfort you and your family. God bless Christopher for his service to our country.


  9. Lauri McNally says:

    Crosby Family,

    My heart and condolences go out to you and your family. A young soul has been taken too soon. I did not have the pleasure of knowing your son but I wanted to take a second to thank him for his services to our country. Thank you Christopher. God bless you and your family.


  10. The Karalekas Family says:

    Dear Bob, Donna, Kelly, Kristin,

  11. The Karalekas Family says:

    Dear Bob, Donna, Kelly, and Kristin,

  12. The Karalekas Family says:

    Bob, Donna, Kelly, and Kristin, our thoughts and prayers are with you over the loss of your beloved Chris. He was a joy to be around with his bright smile and sense of humor. We have many memories of the boys growing up together, especially at soccer and track. We will never forget him. May the love he brought you be forever in your hearts. Love, Chuck, Georgia, Athena, Tony and Andrea

  13. Jane Woods says:

    Donna and family, I was shocked to hear about your son. My thoughts are with you and yours. We are neighbors but we are also mothers and it hurts all of us when a child is lost. Jane

  14. Kim Cummings says:

    Dear Crosby family,

    I was very saddened to hear of your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you and yours at this time. Thank you, Chris, for your service to our country. Donna, you are a wonderful mother and raised excetional children.

    Kim Cummings and family

    Kim Cummings and family

  15. Mary Barry Emerick says:

    To the Crosby Family,
    I did not know your son but I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss…Thank you for your service to our country Chris…

  16. Bandy Griffith says:

    To Uncle Bob, Aunt Donna, Kelly, and Krisitn.

    I’m sorry i didnt come to the funeral. i may not have had a chance to see all of you as much has i wanted to but you are all still family to me. Chris was a hero to me and i looked up to him alot. Im goin to miss him. I wish i had just one last chance to see him. Im very sorry for your loss.

    With love Bandy

  17. The O'Donoghue Family says:

    Bob, Donna, Kelly & Kristin,
    Our deepest sympathies on your tragic loss. No words can ever express our sorrow for your family. No words can explain your saddness. Keep strong and remember Chris is always with you no matter wheere you go. Every rainbow you see will be Chris smiling down on you. My God bless you and keep you strong.

  18. Tricia Lyon says:

    Dear Donna,
    I just learned of Christopher’s passing tonight . . I am heartbroken for you and your family to be suffering from the tragedy of losing a child. I am so very, very, sorry for your loss. I will be touch soon – I’d love to visit. I’m sorry I missed the services.

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