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Obituary: Peter Cross, Longtime Maplewood Resident, CHS Teacher & Coach


Peter Cross, 80, passed away on February 12, 2017 after a long career as a coach and educator at Columbia High School, according to The Star Ledger.

Peter is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Peter Cross Jr. and Cathy Saudelli; and K9 companion, Buster. He studied at Panzer College and later obtained his Master’s in education at Montclair State University before coming to CHS. At Columbia, he founded the Pete Cross Columbia High School Athletics Hall of Fame Award and was later himself inducted.

A memorial will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the D’Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Ave., Lakewood, N.J., 08701. For further information or to post a tribute please visit

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Peter’s memory to the SOMEA Scholarship Fund through the Maplewood Board of Education.

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