Community to remember Tom Crosby on June 11

Memorial service will take place at Guthrie Theater

People from the Medina community will join the metropolitan area as a whole, Tuesday, June 11, in remembering former Medina Mayor Thomas M. Crosby Jr. His family will host a memorial service for him beginning at 4 p.m. at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Tom Crosby died Sunday, May 26, after a three-month battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. He was 74.

Since then people from all over the metropolitan area have expressed their support for his family in many ways, including writing entries on his Caring Bridge website. Hamel firefighters proclaimed their support by posting a sign on the front of the Hamel Fire Department that says, “Our thoughts are with the Crosby family.”

The Hamel Fire Department has posted a message supporting the family of Tom Crosby on the front of the Hamel Fire Station. A service will be held Tuesday, June 11 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in memory of the former Mayor of Medina.  (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

The Hamel Fire Department has posted a message supporting the family of Tom Crosby on the front of the Hamel Fire Station. A service will be held Tuesday, June 11 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in memory of the former Mayor of Medina. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

Crosby was diagnosed with cancer in early March. He was forced to resign on April 16 because of his declining health. Voters had re-elected him to a third term as mayor last fall.

Crosby is survived by Ellie, to whom he was married for 48 years, along with his sons, Stewart (Lesley), Brewster (Rebecca) and Grant (Petra) and daughter, Brooke Reed (Julian). He also had nine grandchildren, Nicholas, Payton, Crosby, Elise, Ann, Molly, Hollis, Brewster Jr. and Hella. He also is survived by his brothers and sisters, David (Kitty), Eleanor (Fred) Winston, Mary Dolan, Lucy (Robert) Mitchell and Robert (Teri). His father Thomas M. Crosby and mother Ella Pillsbury Crosby preceded him in death.

Tom Crosby Jr. belonged to not only his family, but also a broader community. He had a 43-year career practicing law, much of it spent as an attorney and partner with the Faegre & Benson law firm, now called Faegre, Benson and Daniels. When he reached retirement age, he went into private practice.

A member of the Pillsbury family, he followed its tradition of public service. He served on boards of the Minnesota Orchestra, United Way, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, the Walker Art Center and many other organizations. Locally, he served on the Medina Planning Commission and Medina City Council prior to being elected as Mayor. He donated his mayor’s salary to the city to support its internship program.

Requests from the Crosby family reflect Tom Crosby’s lifelong commitments. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Walker Art Center, United Way, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minnesota Orchestra or Guthrie Theater.

Crosby’s education included attending The Blake School, Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and Yale University in New Haven, Conn. After graduating from college, he served for two years on active duty with the Navy as an officer aboard the Gearing-class destroyer USS Herbert J. Thomas (DD-833). Following his naval service, he graduated from Yale Law School in 1965. He married Ellie Rauch, in June 1965.

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