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Notes for Richard M. CROSSAN
Richard M. Crossan Sr., 83, of West Grove, a heating and air-conditioning specialist who adapted cooling technology to grow mushrooms year-round in Chester County, died Tuesday at Shipley Manor in Wilmington of complications from colon cancer surgery.
A lifelong resident of Chester County, Mr. Crossan had lived in Kaolin for more than 50 years before moving to Jenner's Pond retirement community last year. He grew up on a farm in Landenberg and graduated from Avon Grove High School.
After completing his studies in air-conditioning and heating in Chicago, he served in the Navy during World War II aboard a destroyer in the Pacific.
In 1946 he started his own heating and air-conditioning business, Richard M. Crossan Inc. in Toughkenamon, and pioneered the application of air-conditioning technology to the mushroom industry.
"Years ago, you couldn't grow mushrooms in the summer because it was too hot," his daughter-in-law Theresa Crossan said. "Air conditioning guaranteed a consistent air flow year-round."
Mr. Crossan retired in 1990. The company is now operated by his son Harvey.
Mr. Crossan sponsored youth sports teams in the Avondale area. He was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.
His daughter-in-law said Mr. Crossan enjoyed crabbing and clamming at Rehoboth Beach, Del., hunting for small game, and growing vegetables in his garden and greenhouse.
In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ida "Ollie" Grady Crossan; sons Michael and Richard Jr.; daughters Catherine Flynn, and Marie Flynn; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 3000 State Rd., West Grove, Pa. 19390. Burial is private. Memorial donations may be made to the church.
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