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R.I.P. John Crossley, founder of Tohickon Glass Eyes

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Ken Edwards, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards Taxidermy.Net Administrator Staff Member

    John W. Crossley, the founder of Tohickon Glass Eyes, died Sunday afternoon in Pennsylvania of an apparent heart attack. Funeral plans are underway, but will most likely be Friday afternoon. More details will be forthcoming.

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  2. redwolf

    redwolf New Member

    Re: R.I.P. John Crossley

    That's sad. Our condolences to his family.

  3. Brian Claar

    Brian Claar New Member

    Sorry to hear this.
  4. I used to buy direct from them in the early 80's to 90's great guy to talk too when you needed a special shade. Rest in peace.
  5. RDA

    RDA Active Member

    condolences to family and freinds. Met him at AA when i worked there. RIP John...
  6. Steve Rotramel

    Steve Rotramel We got some radical rebels in this county!

    Thing I remember most about John was that he used to smuggle bibles into Bulgaria, back when they shot people for doing that.

    Sad to hear - still a young man.

    God bless the bereaved and he will be missed.
  7. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Active Member

    John was a complex man, yet took time to take me aside and give me some advice in this business. I will miss him, as I have missed our talks. My thoughts are with his family and also Paul at this time.
  8. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    Prayers and Condolences
  9. http://muskingum.edu/~modern/german/1000Jahre/hohes_Mittelalter/Veste_Coburg_West.jpg

    Last time I saw John, twas in the shadows of this castle.

    Rest in Peace my friend.
  10. Wow, what a shock to read. John was an incredibly kind man I enjoyed speaking to, at the shows, in the late 80's early 90's.
    Condolences to his family and a big hug to Paul. This has to have hit him pretty hard.
    Thanks for relaying the info, Ken.
  11. joey P Holmes

    joey P Holmes New Member

    I had heard that about the bibles many years ago.

    He was always nice to me.

    Sympathies to his loved ones.
  12. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    how old was he?
  13. boxerpet

    boxerpet Harry Paulson-grateful

    So sorry to hear this. I knew John from his first introducing the Tohichan glass eyes to the industries taxidermy consumers. He was always generous to our industry and will be sadly missed.
    To all who new him they all knew him he was a truly religious man. May God comfort his family and my God welcome him home for all he good he did while being with us. Amen
  14. I guess it's never to late to say thank you, for the contributions to our industry and making our mounts come alive.
    May we look at John's accomplishments and not our losses.

  15. Skywalker

    Skywalker Well-Known Member

    Very shocking and sad news to say the least. My sincere condolences to Johns family and the good people at Tohicken.
  16. MRTaxidermy

    MRTaxidermy Past President of the N.E.A.T.

    Rest In Peace John...The Crossley family is in my thoughts and prayers.
  17. Rest in peace John. He will be missed.
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  19. prayers and condolences sent, John was a great guy! in person and in his business.
  20. Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards Taxidermy.Net Administrator Staff Member

    I received the following funeral details from Tony Alfaro:

    John’s funeral will be held Friday at Shelly Funeral Home in Plumsteadville, PA at 5:00 p.m. There will be a public viewing at 4:00. He will be buried in Montoursville cemetery near his mother and father. There will be an interment ceremony at 12:30 on Saturday. For those who wish to send flowers they may be sent to:

    Shelly Funeral Home
    5880 Easton Rd.
    Corner of Easton Rd. and Kellers Church Rd.
    Plumsteadville, PA 18949

    We use Heidi’s flowers for reliable service: http://ftdfloristsonline.com/raquelsflowerandgift/

    There is an online guestbook for the funeral at:

    A copy of his obituary is attached below.


    JOHN CROSSLEY 1951-2011

    John William Crossley, 59, of Erwinna, died February 20 at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. Services will be held at Shelly Funeral Home on Kellers Church Road at Easton Road, Plumsteadville on Friday, February 25. The viewing will be at 4 p.m. followed by the funeral at 5 p.m. Interment will be at the cemetery in Montoursville, PA at 12:30 p.m. on February 26.

    Mr. Crossley was born in Dover, Delaware on December 18, 1951. The youngest of five children, he was the son of John and Mary Crossley. He is survived by his only daughter, Jessie Alfaro and her husband Antonio Alfaro of Upper Black Eddy, PA and his two grandchildren, Ephraim Alfaro and Elijah Alfaro, sisters Noralyn Crossley of Upper Black Eddy, Nancy Hicks of Bealeton, VA and Judy Huffsteadler of Hebbronville, TX, as well as by many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his sister Claudia Davis of Gainesville Fl.

    After graduating Central Bucks H. S. in Doylestown, Mr. Crossley became expert in the trades of taxidermy and the manufacturing of glass eyes for use in taxidermy mounts. He was a talented, award winning inventor and song composer. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved children with whom he spent time telling colorful stories. He spent many years dedicating his life to helping the oppressed and persecuted in Communist Eastern Europe and later also helped orphans and disabled people in the poorest countries. He will be remembered for his generosity and kindness.