Born in and raised in Trenton, Ricky graduated from St. Anthony’s High School and attended Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). A New Hope resident for over 40 years, Ricky was a well-known figure in the area. He worked most recently as a bartender at Karla’s in New Hope. Earlier he was employed at Zoubi Restaurant & Bar, John and Peter’s and the Cartwheel. An activist for the LGBT community, Ricky organized the Miss Gay USA Pageant and the Miss Gay Pennsylvania Pageant. He worked on behalf of FACT Bucks County and New Hope Pride, and was always quick to volunteer for friends in need.
Ricky was a friend to many. He was devoted to his family and friends and treasured the time they spent together. He had a great sense of humor and a big heart.
Ricky was the son of the late Harry J. Crosby and Rosemarie Battaglia Crosby Jachym, the stepson of the late Joseph Jachym, and the grandson of the late Mary Battaglia, Mary Jachym, Catherine Crosby and Roy Crosby. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Ronald and Kandy Crosby of Greer, S.C.; his aunt and caregiver Barbara Tkaczuk of Hamilton, N.J.; and an extended family of nieces ,nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
There will be calling hours on Monday evening, Oct. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York St., in Lambertville.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at Karla’s Restaurant, 5 W. Mechanic St., in New Hope, Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at 3 p.m.
Donations in Ricky’s memory may be made to FACT Bucks County, P.O. Box 72, New Hope, PA 18938-0072, or to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034.
Information provided by Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home.