Crosby McKinley Kearsley, Jr.

November 9, 1931August 27, 2018

Crosby McKinley Kearsley, Jr. of Wayne, New Jersey passed away on August 27, 2018, at the age 86. He was born on November 9, 1931 at 11 Church Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY to the late Crosby Kearsley, Sr. and Harriet N. Kearsley. A beloved brother, father, uncle and a lifelong aviator, “Bing” was devoted to his children, family, friends and to flying. He earned his private pilots license from the Federal Aviation Administration while still in High School at the age of 16. After his graduation from Croton-Harmon High School in 1949, Crosby enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was a decorated patriot who served as a radar technician during the Korean War. After separating from the DOD Crosby worked for 35 years as a senior microwave test technician for GPL, which became Singer-Kearfott Division a defense contractor and manufacturer of radar, navigational, and guidance systems for military aircraft. Amongst those aircraft were systems for the C-5A Galaxy, FB-111, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter all of which are still in service today. After leaving Singer-Kearfott, he worked as an Air Transport Pilot, Flight Instructor, and flew as a volunteer pilot with the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flying maritime patrol, search, and rescue missions. He conducted Eagle Flights for the Boy Scouts of America and was the maintenance officer for the GPA Flying Club at Lincoln Park Airport, Lincoln Park, NJ.

Crosby’s marriage to Loretta Bunch was a union blessed with three children: Crosby David, Richard Todd, and Leslie Susan. Although it ended after 25 years in an amicable divorce, they remained friends bound by their determination to raise and care for their children.

Intelligent, thoughtful, health-conscious, and generous he was a man who savored life and loved and cared for his children deeply. His passion for flying never abated and neither did his penchant for sharing that love through teaching others the art and science of traversing the skies. His wealth of friends, colleagues, and his grieving family pray that he may forever soar in the presence of The Lord.

Crosby is survived by his former wife, Loretta, sisters Irene Billips, Dora Kearsley and Doris Brooks; by his children Crosby "David" (and daughter-in-law Susan), Richard and Leslie; by his grandchildren Johanna, Matthew and Jasper, by his great-grandson Liam, great-granddaughter Lila, and by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Crosby McKinley Kearsley, Sr. and Harriet N. Kearsley , and by his sisters Corene M. Washington and Evelyn Kearsley.

Visitation will be held on Saturday September 15, 2018, from 11 am until 1 pm at the E. F. Carter Funeral Home, 41 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY. A memorial service will follow at 2 pm , September 15th at Asbury United Methodist Church, 17 Old Post Rd S, Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

His aviation colleagues, fellow coastguardsmen, and aviation students will honor Crosby in a reception to be held at Airbound Aviation FBO at the Essex County Airport, 27 Wright Way, Fairfield , New Jersey at 1 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018.



  • Visitation Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 15, 2018


  • Private Cremation

Crosby McKinley Kearsley, Jr.

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Keith Smith

September 18, 2018

Being an aviator in northern New Jersey won't quite be the same knowing that Bing will not be found walking across the ramp at Lincoln Park or Essex Co airports. He was a constant, reassuring presence, always willing to share a story or a helpful tip.

His love of aviation was palpable. I often wonder just how many pilots have benefited from his teaching and gentle grace in the many decades that he was with us.

I remember an encounter after a particularly challenging night flight in pouring rain and low ceilings that resulted in a diversion to Caldwell instead of landing at Lincoln Park. He was there at the FBO, late at night. Of course he was, where else would he be?

Just seeing him was a reassuring reminder that I was home safely in an otherwise nearly-vacant and sterile FBO. We talked through the flight and he offered his thoughts and a gentle reminder to stay safe.

I even ran into him at Oshkosh not long ago which made the trip there even more familiar and welcoming. The man was everywhere.

After every exchange with him, I found myself walking away with my spirits lifted, hoping that I'll still be flying and able to help people on their aviation journey for nearly as long as he has.

Blue skies, Bing.

Ron Krantz

September 17, 2018

I had the pleasure of knowing Bing and sharing our mutual fondness for aviation. Bing was a real pro and gentleman and shall be missed. My condolences to his family. Ron Krantz, TEB FAA Safety Program Mgr. Ret.

Andy von Gleich

September 16, 2018

Bing, rest in peace.. I will always remember the times we spent on ground, with maybe Peggy and Brian, or in flight with my son Galen, giving us excellent flight instruction.. Thank you! We will miss you. Andy

Peggy La vake

September 12, 2018

Dearest Bing,

I am still stunned and feel such a deep sadness. Only the sadness you feel when someone is apart of your life and your family. A piece of you. The heart space you have reserved for them is suddenly emptied. It takes your breath away. But in time, the space will fill with memories of joy and fun and laughter.
Bing, from my early days in New Jersey, you have been a stable force for me. You were my navigator thru some of my darkest days. Your faith in a tomorrow led me into light.
You left way too soon. You are loved by so many. I will always miss you.
With Love, Be at peace, Your forever friend, Peggy XO

Kathy & Ed Grestini

September 11, 2018

A very fine gentleman that we will miss.
May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you into the holy city of Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, who once was poor, may you have life everlasting. Ed & Kathy Grestini