Bernard Cross, official of meat-packing firm

Bernard Cross
Bernard Cross
Posted: April 21, 2013

Bernard Cross, 89, of Elkins Park, former president of Cross Bros. Meat Packers Inc. in Kensington, died Thursday, April 18, of cancer at his home.

Once one of the largest meatpacking companies on the East Coast, Cross Bros. closed in 1979.

Mr. Cross was past president of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, and a board member of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Solomon Schechter Day Schools.

He was the founder and an officer of the Hebrew Free Loan Society and was a member of Ashbourne Country Club, Philmont Country Club, and Hackenburg Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Cross attended the U.S. Military Academy and served as a first lieutenant during World War II. He was an alumnus of Pennsylvania State University.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Polly; daughters Susan and Patty; a son, Benjamin; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister.

A funeral service is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Beth Sholom, 8231 Old York Rd. Shivah will be observed at the home of Susan and Sam Liebman.

Contributions in Mr. Cross' memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718, or the American Diabetes Association, Box 7023, Merrifield, Va. 22116-7023.


Contact Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or bmoran@phillynews.com, or follow @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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