Anthony J. Crosen

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — Anthony J. Crosen, 27, died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on March 16, 2011, at his home.

He was born in Portland on March 22, 1983. He graduated from Lake Region High School in Naples, Class of 2001. He moved to Virginia to serve in the Navy and made a home there with his children. While on active duty, Anthony served aboard the USS George Washington during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for superior performance repairing fire-damaged equipment needed in support of battle group operations.

Anthony was a devoted father of two beautiful daughters. He was a passionate fan of mixed martial arts and was a talented machine tool operator.

He was big hearted and selfless to all who met him. He inspired friends and family to stay optimistic, be good to each other, and always do the best you can.

He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Crosen; and grandfather, Frank J. Scalli.

He is survived by wife Jennifer Pate-Crosen; two daughters, Malia and Bella Crosen of Virginia; mother Mary (Scalli) Hand and stepfather Ted Hand of Windham; father Carl Crosen of Winthrop; grandmother Mary Scalli of Gloucester, Mass.; grandfather Carl Crosen of Gorham; brothers, Nicholas and Frank Crosen of Windham; stepsisters, Elizabeth, Samantha and Vanessa Hand of Maine; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

A public graveside service was held Monday, March 21, 2011, at New Calvary Cemetery, 1533 Broadway, South Portland. Immediately following the graveside service, a celebration of life was held at the American Legion Post, 15 Lewiston Road, Gray.

Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com

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