Mr. John Lawrence Crosby

  • Born: July 13, 1924
  • Died: June 13, 2008
  • Location: Metairie, Louisiana

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
Tel. (504) 486-6331

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Lawrence Crosby
CROSBY John Lawrence Crosby, age "83-Deluxe", entered into eternal life on Friday the 13 of June 2008, from complicatins of a stroke. A native and resident of New Orleans, LA - Retired Builder, Developer, Realtor, Apartment & Office Building Owner, Licensed Master Mariner, Retired, Chairman Emeritus of John L. Crosby, LLC., Crosby Financial DM, LLC., and Crosby Development Company. He attended St. Francis of Assisi Grammar School, Fortier High School, Louisiana State University and The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; where he graduated with Honors as the Hour Angle expert. While at the Academy, he also earned his Third Mates License and became a prolific deck officer. He raised his licenses rapidly by earning and becoming a Chief Officer at age 21, and earned his unlimited Master's License at age 24, with First Class Pilot endorsements for the Mississippi River and San Juan, Mayaguez and Ponce, Puerto Rico. He served in all theaters of war during World War II. Captain Crosby had the honor of sailing aboard the SS Jeremiah O'Brien as Third Officer upon graduation from the Academy. This ship was later named as the Memorial Liberty Ship in honor of the men of the Merchant Marine. The SS Jeremiah O'Brien was one of the serving Liberties during the Normandy Invasion of WWII and also later carried 10,000 tons of bombs with belly tanks on deck to Layetie Mindoro and Subic Bay in the Philippines.

John Crosby successfully started his business career at a young age. In the 6th and 7th grade he delivered the New Orleans States Newspaper every afternoon where he earned the 'Star Carrier' Award. After grammar school, he again earned the 'Star Carrier' Award by delivering the Times Picayune Morning Newspaper every morning between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. while in high school from 1938 to 1942. During that time he was crowned the Uptown Duncan Yo-Yo Champion and was a baseball player for Fortier High School and the American Legion Zatarain Indians.

His first endeavor in the home building business was in the Vista Park section of New Orleans in 1954. He soon went on to build homes and develop in areas such as Whitney Heights, Maned Downs, Lake Forest, Spring Lake, Tall Timbers, Park Timbers and Timberlane. As the second generation of Crosby's expanded the family business, new ventures included DeLimon Place, Old Metairie Place, The Sanctuary, and numerous apartments and office buildings in Mandeville and Metairie. Hard work and family values has been the cornerstone of his life.

He was an avid golfer, fisherman and expert yachtsman. He was Director Emeritus of Christian Brothers Foundation, past member of the Knights of Columbus, Gentilly Council, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, Navy League, Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans Home Builders Association, New Orleans and Jefferson Board of Realtors, Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans, member and former Director of Metairie Country Club. He was also a member of Hermes and Eros carnival organizations, both of which he served as king. He was a former member of St. Frances Cabrini, St. Patrick's, and St. Pius X Catholic Churches.

He is survived by his lovely caring wife of many years Marena Lienhard Crosby, and the children and grandchildren of his late wife, Linnette Hogan Crosby, who preceded him in death, two daughters: Mrs. Lisa Crosby Forshag and Mrs. Claire Crosby Di Pol and five sons: John, Jr., Harry, Thomas, Stephen and Patrick all of whom will be pallbearers. His 19 grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers: Linnette Lisa Forshag, John Lawrence Crosby, III, Harry James Crosby Jr., Andrew Michael Crosby, Patricia Palfrey Crosby, Casey James Forshag, Courtney Stiel Crosby, Christine Elizabeth Crosby, Craig Crosby Forshag, Margaret Linnette Crosby, Patrick Hogan Crosby, Jr., David Peter Di Pol, Jr., Thomas Ryan Crosby, Daniel Lawrence DiPol, Caroline Virginia Crosby, Katy Rene Crosby, Claire Linnette Crosby, Bryan Eli Crosby and Henly Linnette Crosby, as well as his daughters- and son-in-law Cathy Dufrechou Crosby, Susan Stiel Crosby, Kurt P. Forshag, Jete' Dongieux Crosby, Laurel Spraberry Crosby, David P. Di Pol and Jennifer Lancaster Crosby. He is also survived by a sister Mrs. John (Dorothy) Heaton, numerous brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews, all from the New Orleans Area.

John Crosby had many friends, all of whom know who they are. He also had some enemies, all of whom know who they are because he told them.

John Crosby was thankful for God Almighty for allowing him to be here for so long and enjoying a great life on Earth and extends love and prayers to his wife, his children, grandchildren and all his friends and enemies as well, and wishes them all the best of everything.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. until the Funeral Mass is celebrated at 12:00 noon, in the Chapel of LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., with Msgr. Crosby Kern, Celebrant. Interment, with a jazz procession, will follow at Metairie Cemetery.

Condolence & Memory Journal

We will sincerely miss a great friend-yatchsman-golfer-businessman.

Posted by Alvin & Rose Simonson    December 12, 2008

The sorrows with the passing of a parent comes to us at different stages of our lives, and is still deep felt. It was my pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Family Business. I admired John, Love, Jane

Posted by Jane Lacoste    December 12, 2008

To let you know that others share the sorrow in your heart. With my deepest sympathy.
Maria Barcelona

Posted by Maria Barcelona    December 12, 2008

We are sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. You will be missed.

Posted by Bryan and Sherrie Green    December 12, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with The Crosby Family.
Dan Lynch
Concrete Floors

Posted by Dan Lynch    December 12, 2008

Dear Crosby Cousins:
Bob and I were both saddened to learn of your Dad's passing. Please know we are thinking of the entire family during these difficult days.
With love from South Carolina,
Cathy and Bob Markway
21 Sylvan Drive
Greenville, SC 29605

Posted by Cathy and Bob Markway    December 12, 2008

My deepest sympathy to Marena and the family. Marena, it was just a little over a year ago that I "walked in your shoe" when I lost my husband of 45 years. He was a member and past king of Hermes and I knew John Crosby through that association. He was always fun and funny at Hermes events and always had a joke or funny story to share with everyone. I remember that he introduced the tradition of purple Myer the Hatter hats to be worn by all past kings at the annual lunch. It was a hat that no one would want to wear at any other time but for a Hermes function and the former kings really stood out as they paraded through the Quarter the Friday before Mardi Gras! That is the way I will always remember John Crosbly-laughing and loving life to the fullest.
Lorre Lei Jackson

Posted by Lorre Lei Jackson    December 12, 2008

To the family i sincerely send my condolences may be a little late but my sympathy is sincere

Posted by Antinette Charlot    December 12, 2008

Dear Ryan and family,
We just wanted to let you know that we are very sorry to hear about your grandfather. He must have been a great man to have such nice people in his famiy. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. Your Friends, the Belous

Posted by Paula Belou    December 12, 2008

Our sincere sympathy in your loss. We have wonderful memories of the fun times at Mardi Gras.

Posted by Jim & Ann Flenner / Key West    December 12, 2008

Mr. Crosby you were a great man and friend. We had many great flights to Destin. I will always remember your quote when you are coming back in from offshore fishing."NO HARD LIQUOR TILL THE SEA BOUY" It probably saved a bunch of us from getting in trouble.I will see you again on the other side.

Posted by Billy Good    December 12, 2008

John was an unforgetable customer back in the late 60's and early 70's. He bought a new 34 Chris Craft and soon after had me install a $400 depth finder. Six months later he never paid for the recorder and I asked him when did he intend to pay. I said " can you can afford a new yacht and can't pay for a depth recorder? "
He said " Big money is easy to find...little money is difficult to find. By the way...I want to order a new boat!"
John did pay up and I never quit laughing at his humor.
He was a good friend and gifted man.He will always be remembered.

Posted by Dennis Good    December 12, 2008

Dear Marena and the Crosby family. We had many memories with John. We will greatly missed by all of his friends and that we all share in your sadness. We will never forget him. Our love is with you.

With sympathy. Josie & Boyd

Posted by Josie Windhorst & Boyd Westbrook    December 12, 2008

Our deepest sympthy to you and your family,god bless

Posted by joey pulliam and crew    December 12, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Posted by david and terri mitchell    December 12, 2008

The entire staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home wishes to express their sincere condolences.

Posted by Patrick Schoen    December 12, 2008

I am very sorry to have read about the passing of Mr. Crosby. I am really sad that I did not get to me him personally as I was also a graduate of St Francis of Assisi and a uptown girl. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family of this lost.

Posted by Linda Mathas    December 12, 2008

goodby from a st.francis, fortier, T.P., and kingspoint alumnus

Posted by bob& madeleine breeden    December 12, 2008

Susan and Harry,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Cliff LeBlanc    December 12, 2008

With my deepest condolences, and would have never missed the opportunity to get to know Him.

Posted by Richard Castro    December 12, 2008

I wanted you and your family to know that you are in my prayers. Gary and I lost his 29 year old son to leukemia this January. Time just has a way of standing still when this happens. Please know that God will comfort and carry you. Just call on him. Love, Judy

Posted by Judy Alack    December 12, 2008

my condolences for your loss. my love and prayers are with the entire family.

Posted by Caroline Stiel    December 12, 2008

our deepest love and
sympathy to the Crosby family in their great loss.
John Crosby was a great man with great
accomplishments in life. He dedicated
and devoted his life
to all the people he

Posted by Peter & Regina DiPol    December 12, 2008

We are so sorry for your loss. John led a full, long and prosperous life. He will be missed by many but so many wonderful memories.

Paul and Kathy

Posted by Paul and Kathy Martin    December 12, 2008

It was a pleasure to know Mr. Crosby and to have worked with him over the years. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers at your time of loss.

Posted by Carpet Showcase    December 12, 2008

Our thoughts and Prayers are with your family.

Posted by Chad,Michelle,Tyler & Chase    December 12, 2008