Albert Smith "Al" McCrossen
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McCrossen, Albert Smith "Al" Albert Smith McCrossen passed peacefully from this life Monday, Aug. 7, 2006. He had been living at St. James Place near family in Baton Rouge since being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Though he lost much in the flood, he died surrounded by all the things important to him: his family, his friends and his memories of a life lived with fullness, with color and with classic New Orleans style. Al was born in the city's Irish Channel on July 31, 1928, the seventh of eight children of Tom and Annie McCrossen. He attended Redemptorist and Holy Cross schools in his youth. In 1950, he married Lark Anne Moore. After serving in the Korean War, Al and Lark settled down to raise their five daughters, living in Algiers and later in Metairie. Al's business career was based in medical sales. Over those years, he worked for Bausch and Lomb, Alcon Laboratories, Storz Medical, and JedMed Instruments Inc., finally retiring in 1997. His career was remarkable for both professional accomplishments and the friendships made in both the medical and sales communities alike. Al's passion though was in playing music. Receiving his first trumpet as a child, he often told of learning to play along as his mother, Annie, sang songs with the radio. Developing his musical ear at such an early age led to a lifetime of playing in and around the city of New Orleans, many of those years with his band, The Satisfiers. Known by musicians as a weekend warrior, he was booked solid for local weddings, dances and events for over three decades. His "soft horn" style was shaped by the influences of the big bands, the classics of the '40s, early childhood memories of New Orleans jazz funerals in his neighborhood and Sister Basil at Redemptorist who scolded repeatedly, "You play a horn, you don't blow it!" In June 2003, he was inducted into the Louisiana Musician's Hall of Fame. In all that he did, Al is remembered for his sense of humor, his quick smile, his lasting friendships and his ability to tell stories of the "old neighborhood" and the people he connected to, unique to the culture of New Orleans. He often stated he was the luckiest man alive. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lark, in 2001. He is survived by his five daughters, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom he called baby "Annie," born just six weeks ago. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral service from the chapel of Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, on Friday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Visitation on Friday from noon until service time. Interment in Metairie Cemetery. Please sign the online guest book at

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Published in The Advocate on Aug. 11, 2006.
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August 28, 2006
Go in peace and know how much we loved you. You leave behind some great memories. You are now with
Lark. God bless the family you leave behind. We will keep them in our prayers.
Tim & Marti Foret
August 13, 2006
So long Al, I'll miss you. But I'll see you again . . .
Richard Thiede
August 12, 2006
Al, how we'll miss your smooth and easy music, special smile and twinkly eyes. You will always be remembered with affection. Our sympathy to your family.
Patrick and Marty McGehee
Patrick & Marty McGehee
August 11, 2006
We love you "Uncle Al". The world is saddened by losing you but better for having known you! Everytime we saw you, you made our day brighter with your smile and when we were lucky enough with your beautiful music! As sad as we are to lose you, we are happy for you to be joined in heaven with Lark. To Peggy and her sisters we know your great loss and hope that so many wonderful memories will comfort you. "Uncle Al" we miss you already! Love & Friendship, Paul Melancon and Linda Hardeman Melancon
Paul & Linda Melancon
August 11, 2006
Many others who lived in the Irish Channel could say what Al always said, and "we were the luckiest people alive" because we lived in the right place at the right time. My condolences to the McCrossen family at the loss of their father.
Johnny and Kathleen Shields
August 11, 2006
I enjoyed playing music with you.
You are a class act, and I'll cherish the memories and your friendship always,
Kenny "L"
Kenny Lachney
August 11, 2006

We're so grateful to have known you! We'll look back and smile at the great memories and wonderful music! Our prayers and condolences are with your family. Terry (Dr. T) and Jeanne Whitt, Gainesville, GA (formerly Metairie, LA)
Terry and Jeanne Whitt
August 11, 2006
you will always be remembered and missed.
jean horn
August 11, 2006
We will miss you my freind. Rest in peace.
kenny & sharon lambert
August 11, 2006
We remember your family from childhood elementary school days and what a wonderful man your dad was and always so pleasant and your mom. Please know that you have our sympathies and love. Pat and Gilbert Blanchard (Cecile, Gil, Teresa and Carol Ann)
Pat & Gilbert Blanchard
August 11, 2006
August 11, 2006
Im sure your center stage in Heaven too, Al. Rest in Peace.
Michael J. McMahon
Michael McMahon
August 10, 2006
Al -
Thank you for being my friend, my mentor, my colleague. I think about, and will always remember, the great times we shared during our seventeen years on stage together.
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn from you and to play alongside some of the best musicians in the New Orleans area. You will be sadly missed. You were truly a friend.
Pete Fitzgerald
August 10, 2006
August 10, 2006
Rest in peace old friend. I hope there's a good piano when it's time for a reunion.
Kay and Ray Crovatto
August 10, 2006
Thank you, Al. You've given me so
many happy mrmories. In work and play we've shared so many 'events' to remember. Rest comfortably, my
Gil Ayron
August 10, 2006
A great guy. We will miss him.
Byron and Malinda Lowrance
August 10, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Dennis Gerarve
August 10, 2006
We will miss this wonderful man.
Dick and Marge Lowrance
Atlanta, GA
Richard Lowrance
August 10, 2006
To the McCrossen Family
The Tully Family is in deep saddness for the lost of a Great Friend.He was one of the family.On behalf of my late father Tom "Skinny" Tully,my mother Rose and the rest of the Tully Family our hearts go out to you.
Tom Tully Sr
August 10, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Mary Mack
August 10, 2006
To the McCrossen Family:
Al was a wonderful man. I have known him for over 22 years playing music with my ex-husband (the Fugg-ow-wees).Every time I would see him, he would always have that special smile on his face and that "come here you" he would say when he saw my son. Al will always be rememberd for his music he so loved. May your family take confort in a life well lived and the love he shared.
Donna & Matthew Cotton
Donna Cotton
August 10, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the family of Al McCrossen. I was lucky enough to meet this wonderful man through his music. It was a joy to hear him play and see how he shined as he entertained.

He will be sadly missed,
Kathleen Tapie
August 10, 2006
Al, we LOVE YOU !
TJ / Roberta Thompson
August 10, 2006
May Al's memory always be a blessing.
Elliot Finkelstein
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