Harold Lester Cross of Riverhead, born March 2, 1923, was a World War II veteran who landed in Normandy and was married 71 years to his 1st Lieutenant nurse in the U.S. Army, Claire Vespucci Cross.
A wonderful, spiritual man, always in church as an elder deacon and for 65 years as a lay preacher, he preached this past year at Riverhead Church of Christ.
Harold was an inventor and engineer who worked at Grumman on the Apollo mission. He was a past governor of the Loyal Order of Moose and a member of the Riverhead American Legion chapter.
Harold is survived by his three daughters, Deborah Boschetti, Sara-Ellen Petricini, and Susie Amador; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was beloved by family, friends and anyone who knew him; and was known to all as a fair, just and loving man. All were welcomed into his home and took great comfort in his advice. A wonderful husband and loving father, his girls thought he was their hero. Harold has gone home to his Holy Father, whom he walked with every day.
Arrangements were entrusted to Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue.