Cross, Coby William

March 19, 1988 – February 23, 2012
at the age of 23 years

Memorial Service:  Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012     1:00 p.m.
Shuswap Community Church (formerly 1st Baptist Church)
3151 6th Avenue NE, Salmon Arm

In Loving Memory of Our Son, Coby William Cross

Coby, born in Olds, AlbertaMarch 19th, 1988, was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us on February 23rd, 2012.  He was raised on our farm for the first six years of his life where his lasting enjoyment and enthusiasm of the outdoors and sports activities were cultivated.  Our family then moved to Salmon Arm, BC where he began to excel at hockey, golf, baseball, skateboarding (his favourite activity) and most of all his education. After graduating from Salmon Arm Senior Secondary in 2006 he continued to work for us at Carri’s Restaurant for the next year where he became a fantastic cook. At that time he decided to go to university at UBCO inKelowna where he studied Business Management all the while working part time at restaurants like Earls, Cactus Club and the Okanagan Golf Course to help pay his way.  In his spare time he enjoyed skateboarding, snowboarding, playing hockey and listening to and mixing the music he loved.  In 2010 Coby met Brittany with whom he developed a very close relationship making him and everyone around him feel very happy that he had someone so special to him in his life.  Coby will be fondly remembered for his wonderful smile and the way he made everyone around him laugh.  He had hundreds of friends and was easily liked by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.  He is survived by his parents, Lynne and Barry of Salmon Arm, his sister Breanne in Kelowna, girlfriend Brittany Murphy in Calgary as well as his aunts and uncles, Wayne Hammer – Calgary, Sandy (Bill) Brosnan – Australia, Heather (Chuck) Hansen – Newmarket, Randy (Linda) Cross – Medicine Hat, Julie (Norm) Roe – Red Deer, Jacquie (Dennis) Charlton – Cochrane, Greg Cross – Calgary in addition to numerous cousins as well as all of his many dear friends.

The memorial service will be held at the Shuswap Community Church (formerly the 1st Baptist Church) on Wednesday February 29th at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, 938 West 28th Avenue,Vancouver BC V5Z 4H4 or ALS Society of Canada, 3000 Steeles Avenue East,  Suite 200, Markham, Ontario L3R 4T9  would be greatly appreciated.


  1. I was saddened to find out that Coby passed away as I attended his memorial service. I knew coby through highschool as we went to highschool together. He was never a judgemental person, always caring, and kind hearted. I knew his Parents Barry and Lynn as I go to the family resturant frequently for lunch, and have spent a lot of my time there. He was the same age as me. He graduated the same year, from the same school, Sass. It saddens me to hear he has passed away. His family is always in my heart and prayers. Lynn, Breanne, Barry and rest of the amazing family. Coby may u rest in peace in paradise where you are now, watching over each and everyone of us that love you dearly. xoxoxoxxo

  2. We were saddened to hear of your loss….We only briefly got to meet Coby but he seemed like a very wonderful, happy kid..Our thoughts are with your family ..and offer you our deepest condolences..Words are never enough…

  3. I am so sorry for your loss..many prayers for your family

  4. I heard this news from our faculty administrators at UBC-O, and while I didn’t know Coby, I know the feeling of losing a brother at the young age of 19, and it is tough. My deepest condolences to your family. May the grace and peace of Christ that passes all understanding whether the storms in your hearts as you walk through this turbulent time together.

  5. Our family was shocked to hear about your loss of Coby. I remember him as a very respectful and responsible young man. Although they haven’t seen each other much in the last couple of years Darcy always felt that Coby was a good friend, who had a lot of ambition. Our thougts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  6. So sorry for your loss.

  7. Our sincere condolences on the loss of Coby. As we look back on the little kids jumping on the tramp, the little boy packing his hockey gear out to the car, or the Y2K mis-hap on New Years Eve 2000, as it has been said, his smile is infectuous and he has a very special place in our hearts.
    Our love and prayers to you Lynne and Barry and Breanne

  8. Lynne, Barry and Breanne,

    Cathy and I just attended Coby’s memorial service and the number of people at the service proves just how many people Coby impacted with his smile and infectious attitude. Breanne was so strong and Coby would have been so proud of his sister. I know that Chris will always cherish his friendship with Coby and we will all miss him. Our thoughts are with you all.

    Kevin, Cathy, Chris and Curtis

  9. Lynne, Barry and Breanne

    We were so saddened to hear of you loss. I recall the hockey days and the time the boys spent together. Coby was a great kid and although we have not seen him in a few years I will always remember him as someone who gave such a great effort and was well liked by his peers. We are thinking of you in this time of loss and offer our warmest condolences.

    Dale & Lise, Cale Tory and Calvin

  10. My heart is aching for the Cross family during this inexplicable time. I was unable to make it to the service today, but my thoughts have been constantly with Bree, Lynne, and Barry. There are no words…my sincerest and deepest condolences go out to your beautiful family.
    Love always,

  11. Dear Lynne and family, Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time, our sincere sympathy to each of you. Amelia Hammer (Lorraine, Grace, Eldon & Edna)

  12. Dear Lynne, Barry and Family,
    Please accept our condolences for your loss. We know that words may fall short, but please know that we send our love and sympathy with this message. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Dear Lynne, Barry and Breanne,

    You have our warmest condolences on the loss of your son and brother.

    Ariel and Rod
    Rosedale, B.C.
    (Jean’s sister)

  14. Auntie Lynne, Uncle Barry and Breanne , although we can’t be there, know that we are thinking of you, and of Coby.

    Coby lit up any room he was in from the second he was born, his adventurous spirit and gentle manner were a mix made in heaven. I will always cherish the memories I have of him – from a rambunctious and loving toddler, right up to the absolutely charming man I met on my last visit. His smile was infectious and his love for his family was evident with every interaction. I know he is smiling down on all of us, always.

    All our love, Jen, Dan, Catrynaa, Jake, Tayte, Julia, Kaylee, Payton,and Danika

  15. Dear Lynne, Barry & Breanne
    Accept our most sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you each day. We were shocked and saddened by the news. It immediately took us back to our own tragic loss in October. May the two boys find peace and serenity, and may they smile down upon us from above. Thinking of you during these most difficult of times.
    Claire & Robin Shovar

  16. Our hearts broke when earlier this week we learned of the sudden, unexpected passing of your dear son, Coby. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow. We wish we had the words to comfort and sustain you in your grief, but we know there are none that will take away the pain you are feeling now. Our hearts ache for you, Lynne, Barry and Breanne and our arms long to embrace you. Although words seem futile now in the midst of your sorrow, they are all we have to give you. Please accept these written words and know we are holding you and your family in our hearts at this sad and difficult time.
    You are in our prayers, Love Trevor, Rhonda and family

  17. My heart and prayers go out to your family at this time. Sean loved your son very much. From Neons to Yaletown he was a constant in Sean’s life. The boys that loved him will be forever changed in his passing and his presence in their lives. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  18. We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. We will cherish the memories we have of Coby. We knew him as athletic, intelligent, caring and always supportive. Although no words can really help to ease the pain, just know that you are very close in our every thought and prayer.
    Love Janet, Ron, Ian and Jessica

  19. Our son, Sean loved Coby very much and will suffer in his absence. He shared time with our family and we always enjoyed his quick wit, brightness and laughter.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely boy and we hope you somehow manage to find the strength to get through this…

  20. I am very sorry to hear of this, please accept my condolences, my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

    Dallas Kitchen

  21. Our deepest condolences on the loss of Coby. Much love and gentle hugs from our family to yours.
    love betty mcmillan, donna kjorsvik, jason (grace) kjorsvik, kris (ty) kjorsvik/braun

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