Herbert Leroy Crosby

March 9, 1937September 25, 2020

Herbert LeRoy Crosby, age 83 , of Cary, NC died September 25, 2020 at Duke University Hospital.

He was born on March 9, 1937 in Queens, NY to the late Muriel and Irving Crosby.

Herbert graduated from Newtown HS, and was enlisted in the US Air Force from Oct 1954 – Jan 1958. Herbert worked in wire and cable manufacturing, ending his career as a plant manager for Cerro Wire and Cable. After retirement from this industry, he started a new career as the Operations Manager for the Essex Substance Abuse Treatment Center in NJ. He retired in December 2003.

During his high school years, he was an original member of the Rhythm & Blues group the Rivileers. The group was known for its recordings of “A Thousand Stars”, and “For Sentimental Reasons”. Herbert was a member of his church choirs in NJ and Florida, where he often performed as the featured soloist. He was a member of multiple choral/singing groups in the Carolina Preserve community.

He is predeceased by his parents, Muriel Crosby (Stewart) and Irving Crosby, brother Robert Crosby, and sister Barbara Jackson.

He is survived by his wife Carol Crosby (Culmer), sister Lydia Fleming (Valley Stream, NY), son Herbert V. Crosby (Bronx,NY), sister-in-law Beverly Bennett, daughters Wanda Crosby (FL), Melinda Crosby (FL), Leslie Elikwu (Brooklyn, NY), and Donna Rami (Queens, NY), stepdaughter Lindsay Hill (John) (Durham, NC), three nieces and one nephew, fourteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Service will be held at a later date.


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Eric Fried

October 14, 2020

I had the good fortune of speaking to Herb a couple of years ago after seeing him as a featured performer in a doo wop concert at Carolina Preserve. I shared with him my love of doo wop, my inspiration from having been a member of a Long Island doo wop cover group, The Cosmics, and we talked about The Rivileers. I am generally shy, but he seemed warm and approachable, and he was so generous with his time with me.

I told him that I’ve written several original doo wop songs and wanted to write an original doo wop musical someday. He seemed encouraging!

My Stepfather, Pete Jannace, sang with Herb in the doo wop group, and told me of Herb’s passing. We are both saddened and thinking of the Crosby Family in this time.

John Castellano

October 10, 2020

I was so blessed to have known Herb......a kind, gentle, soft spoken man with always that pleasant smile on his face. Heaven has definitely made room for a talented and special person.

When we first met, our friendship grew and I realized how much we had in common.......The two of us from New York, Herb from Queens, myself the Bronx/Long Island. Both of us veterans of the US Air Force and most of all, our infatuation for music. My misfortune was that I didn’t know him then.

It was a pleasure singing with him in the Doo Wop Club and Veterans Chorus and will continue to feel his presence there. He had a remarkable voice and his input when discussing different songs was always welcomed and appreciated.
“A THOUSAND STARS” will be shining the way for his entrance into Heaven. I have no doubt Herb is already busy starting up a “Club” filled with angels and already planning an event.
Herb, thank you for your in peace my friend.

John Castellano

Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and may beautiful memories of Herb bring you peace, strength and comfort.

John and Rubyann Castellano

Howard Lem

September 29, 2020

Herb sang with me the last four years in our local community choir at Carolina Preserve, Cary, NC. He had a gorgeous tenor voice and a delicate, smooth delivery...especially when he sang those love songs! I will miss him both as a friend and as a fellow singer. Two years ago, Herb and I sang the classic Frank Sinatra song, “My Way”. We were joined by another tenor, Jeff who told us his illness prevented him singing any more and it was his last public performance. Knowing this, Herb, Jeff and I gave a heartfelt rendition of the song. I will never forget that experience. Thanks, Herb for your talent and friendship. Sing with the angels now and keep doing it “Your Way.”