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Alan Bartlett Crossman.

AUBURN Alan Bartlett Crossman, died March 21, 2010. Alan was born in Auburn, Massachusetts on September 29, 1927, the son of Marjorie Pogue Crossman and Walter Crossman. His sister, Lois Crossman Kimball died in 2003. Alan leaves his niece, Christine Kimball, and nephew, Michael Alan Kimball.

Alan struggled most of his life with bipolar disorder, a neurological illness that repeatedly threatened to derail his life. Alan was an intelligent, creative, curious, funny and eccentric man. He was frugal, shy and cautious, expansive, gregarious and generous.

In spite of the challenges posed by his illness, Alan was a brilliant musician, copyist and arranger, playing trumpet on dance radio, in orchestras, and in jazz bands throughout his life. As a soldier during the Korean War, Alan played trumpet in the Army band and travelled through Europe entertaining troops. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1960.

Alan graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Music degree and went on to teach music in Worcester schools for many years. He was a retired member of the Massachusetts Teachers` Association and a lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians.

Music, literature, photography and good food were Alan`s passions and he loved flying his airplane. In flight, above the clouds, he felt free and at peace.

Condolences may be sent through the Britton-Wallace, 91 Central Street, Auburn, Massachusetts, 01501.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Apr 11, 2010
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