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Bob’s Story

On Saturday night, about 9:30pm, while walking Molly, Bob/Dad/Grampy fell and hit his head. He was taken to Indian River Medical Center and then airlifted to Lawnwood Trauma Center. They did surgery early Sunday morning and removed a large clot from his brain. He has been in a coma since then.

Ron, Sandy and Kerry are here now. While we greatly appreciate your calls, please understand that it's difficult for us to talk at this time. We will keep this site updated as new information is available.

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Robert S. Crossman of Vero Beach, FL passed away with his family at his side, on October 9, 2012 in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Bob was born in Pittsford, VT on October 10, 1932 to Robert W. Crossman and Ruth (Johnson) Crossman.

Bob served in Germany during the Korean War, and was able to travel back to Germany to visit the places he last saw over 50 years ago.

He was a foreman at Vermont Structural Slate Company in Fair Haven, VT before joining the State Police in 1966. His career with the State Police took him from Fair Haven to Morristown, Derby State Police Headquarters in Waterbury, and lastly to Burlington where he retired with the rank of Captain in 1987. He moved from Stowe to Vero Beach over 19 years ago.

Bob was a member of the Masons Lodge 79 and Cairo Shrine in Rutland, VT. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, of Vero Beach, his son and daughter-in-law Ron and Sandy Crossman of Pittsford, VT, and his daughter and son-in-law Kerry and Rick Ellis of West Haven, VT, 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren. Also by his brother Bud Crossman and his wife Paula of Wallingford, VT, brother-in-law Chandler Parker and his wife Madonna of Hyde Park VT, brother-in-law Eric Parker and his partner Lynda of Barre VT, and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was pre deceased by his parents, a sister Janet (Crossman) West, his first wife Pauline (Smith) Crossman and his in-laws Harry and Elaine Parker.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Friday October 26, 2012 at 1pm at the Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland, VT, followed by a private graveside service at the East Clarendon Cemetery. The family will then join others for a reception at the Moose Lodge in Rutland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VT Troopers Association or the Rutland Regional Medical Center Marrow Donor Program via Aldous Funeral Home, 44 North Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701.

Donations to the VT Troopers Association will be used to assist active and retired troopers in their time of need. Donations to the RRMC Marrow Donor Program will be used to add Vermonters to the national Be The Match registry as potential marrow donors.