Norm Crosby

  • Died: November 7, 2020
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Norm Crosby

Legendary old school comic

Norm Crosby was a legendary old school comic known as the "The Master of Malaprop." For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr Crosby was a funny clean comedian that was greatly appreciated by many people. He leaves behind many fond memories that will last a lifetime.To the family and all the many fans I offer my condolences. May our Heavenly Father continue to be with the family.

Posted by Lindsey    December 05, 2020

Dear Joanie,

We are so sorry for your sudden loss.

Norm was a Powerful Master of the Malaprop! My husband Robert and I were very close to Norm, he attended my husband's graduation at California State University at Northridge in June of 2000.

My husband is still grief stricken by the sudden loss. Not only was he a wonderful person inside and out he was also a hero among the up and coming comedians in Tokyo Japan. Ken Shimura from the island of Japan was one of Norm's favorite American performers, which can never be replicated, copied, or replaced.

Please rest in peace Norm, and God Bless Joanie and the rest of the family.


Misato and Robert

Posted by Misato Ishikawa - Tokyo - acquaintance   December 03, 2020

To the family, many, many friends, colleagues and fans of this wonderful legendary old school comic Mr. Norm Crosby fine comfort with you during this difficult time in your lives. Mr. Norm Crosby was know for his use of malaprops, the humorous use of words that sound correct but are wrong. May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. May Almighty God in the Heavens comfort your hearts with peace and loving kindness as you cope with this precious loss in your lives. May his legacy keep his memory alive forever.

Posted by Tony - DC   November 26, 2020


HAPPY , EARLY THANKSGIVING TO A LEGENDARY COMEDIAN TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BROTHER #2 JAMES 2:15 .......... & CORINTHIANS 1:11:20-1:11:34 ????????????????????????

Posted by EDWARD DAVID CULLEN - ATTLEBORO, MA   November 23, 2020

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences..

Posted by A friend   November 22, 2020

I send you my heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Norm Crosby’s family. He will be missed by all who loved him. I remember watching him many times on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as he brought Johnny and the audience to hearty laughter. Thank you Mr. Crosby for bring laughter and humor to our lives.
May your treasured memories provide comfort for you. May prayers strengthen you and God’s loyal love always comfort and sustain you. Psalm 23

Posted by A friend   November 20, 2020

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Norm Crosby. He will be missed by many.

Posted by LeeRoy    November 18, 2020

A very funny man with a clean (as opposed to foul language ) performance. Rest in peace.

Posted by Ron    November 17, 2020

Ecclesiastes 7:1 May God almighty comfort the family.

Posted by A friend   November 16, 2020

How Norm could deliver his monalogues without laughing himself was a genius at work. He was the BEST. May his family have some comfort from all these loving messages for Norm. AJ

Posted by A friend   November 15, 2020


Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   November 15, 2020

Sincerest condolences to the Crosby family and friends, so very sorry for your loss, may God be with all of you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   November 14, 2020

My condolences to his friends and family may he rest in peace is an extraordinary comic and he will be doing his routine in heaven may

Posted by David P Call - Coworker   November 11, 2020

As a youngster in the 1960s, I always looked forward to seeing Mr. Crosby and enjoying his use of incorrect I was reading several grade levels above my own, I could enjoy many of them. My condolences for your loss, and may he rest in peace.

Posted by A friend   November 11, 2020

Funny, funny man. At times it took me a moment to fully understand what he just said.
Perfect timing with himself
EXPLAINING a skit. He made me laugh and for that I am grateful.
Mr. Norm, RIP, with the Saints
and Angels. The Lord is waiting
Make the Heavens laugh. They'll love it.
Condolences to family, friends
and everyone that loved you?
Funny, funny gentle man

Posted by A friend   November 11, 2020

i seen him at the lakeland, fl center theater in the seventy may he rest in peace

Posted by leon robinson - tallahassee, FL - friend   November 11, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. He has been around for decades making us laugh. May the Almighty God in the Heavens comfort your grieving hearts in this time of sorrow. May He bless you with His peace and strength to cope each difficult day missing the precious loss in your lives. Norm will not be forgotten as he left decades of a legacy behind.

Posted by BRY    November 11, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Crosby family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss

Posted by TD    November 11, 2020


Dear Crosby Family Rory and I and Marques wish to extend our condolences's on the loss of Norm Crosby.may he rest in faith/rory/marques.

Posted by faith/rory/Marques tobin/dockett/hicks - Newton Centre/brighton/matta, MA - acquaintance   November 10, 2020

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. May the God of all comfort be with your family during this very sad time.

Posted by A friend   November 10, 2020


Dear Crosby Family myself/rory/marques sincerely express our condolences's on the loss of Norm Crosby./he was terrific on the Jerry Lewis faith/rory/marques

Posted by faith/rory/marques tobin/dockett/hicks - Newton Center/brighton/matta, MA - acquaintance   November 10, 2020

Norm is flying with his beloved Phumpf Bird in the sky. What a great guy and legend and credit to New England. RIP Norm and thanks for all the laughs.

Posted by John F. Eldridge    November 10, 2020

Rest in peace Norm Thank you for the laughter

Posted by B Fortunato - Friend   November 10, 2020


Dear Crosby Family myself/Rory/Marques would luv to express our condolences's on behalf of Norm Crosby.he was so faith/rory/marques

Posted by faith/rory/marques tobin/dockett/hicks - Newton Centre/brighton/matta, MA - acquaintance   November 10, 2020


Godspeed Norm, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wonderful and innumerable laughs.

Rest Norm, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. WWII.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   November 10, 2020

Thank you for all those laughs

Posted by Sandy    November 10, 2020

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   November 10, 2020

Posted by Carol Sivadge - TX   November 10, 2020


I never met Mr. Norm Crosby, but he has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember!! And like most everybody else I consider him a friend!! I am sorry to see of his passing!! We have lost another of The ''World's Greatest Generation''!! Thanks for the memories!! Thanks for all of the clean jokes,, and fun times!! Thoughts/Condolences/Prayers to his Family and Friends!! ''Rest-In-Peace Norm Crosby''!! Until we meet again!!!

Posted by Ronald Bredemeyer - Waco, TX - friend   November 10, 2020

In this time of loss may God who gives strength and comfort be with all of you, his family and friends to comfort your hearts in your time of sorrow.

Posted by patricia    November 10, 2020

Norm Crosby said funny things and said things funny...He was a joy to watch, both as a talk show guest and as an actor. My condolences to the family, friends, and fellow fans of Norm Crosby.

Posted by Les Breese    November 10, 2020

Joanie & family, my condolences to you all. I was so saddened to hear of Norm's passing. He was a friend, a class guy, a good guy, a gentleman. He loved his family as he would always tell me whenever we talked. He will be missed, May he Rest in Peace..

Posted by Bob Signoracci & Family - Friend   November 10, 2020

Loved Norm's mastery of the english language. RIP. My sincere condolences to the Crosby family. God Bless.

Posted by Steve Ashley    November 10, 2020

Norm was a great friend to my father and our family. We send our love to his family.

Posted by Joseph Glixman and family - Marblehead, MA   November 10, 2020

May his memory be a blessing.

Posted by Flora Nelson - Ketchum, ID   November 10, 2020

Norm was one of a kind!! He always seemed to be a happy person. I know he made millions of people laugh with his unique approach to comedy. Heaven has gained an angel who will keep everybody laughing!! AJ

Posted by A friend   November 09, 2020

My thought and prayer are with the Crosby family and friends. RIP Norm.

Posted by Leslyn Lloyd    November 09, 2020

I had the great pleasure of meeting Norm numerous times in the 90's on several of RCCL cruise ships. I have very fond memories of him (and Joanie) and will always cherish them. He was such a kind, funny and loveable person! Although we are saddened, the Heavens are rejoicing! My deepest sympathy to Joanie and the Crosby Family. RIP

Posted by Alfred Cariano - Fort Lauderdale, FL - friend   November 09, 2020

You attended my graduation at California State University at Northridge in June of 2000, I will never forget that. Thank you and God Bless the Crosby family.

Posted by Robert Birtwell    November 09, 2020

We grew up watching Mr. Crosby. We will miss his wonderful comedy. Rip norm. You are now one of the Lord's angels. The Crosby family are in our prayers.

Posted by Terri Zezza - Exeter, PA - friend   November 09, 2020

I just learned that(a personal favorite of mine), Norm Crosby, has passed away at 93. Norm was the master of the malaprop, which I will encourage the younger folks to look up. Like Picasso, who said that he first mastered portraits before developing cubism, Norm had a mastery of the English language that allowed him to substitute the wrong word (but one that sounded right) for the right word in many stories, to hilarious success. It was a more innocent time, and the humor was not as was witty, and clever, and required some effort to keep up. Norm required his audiences to be "in" on the joke and to know what was wrong in his stories. He did not make it easy, but the reward was satisfying for the more intelligent listeners.
Norm goes the way of all of the great comedians of the 50's and '60s, off-stage right, to great appreciation and laughter.
I quote Norm often, and his line "Don't get miscconscrewed," is a staple of my joke-telling.
RIP Norm...I laughed well and long when you told a story, and if my friends did not quite get it, well that was a bonus for me!
Peace to Norm's family. Thanks, Norm!

Posted by Paul E Risner    November 09, 2020

What a humble and gracious man. I wrote a treatment for a show he agreed to emcee. The treatment did not mature into a real show. But I value the short time I was able to converse with him and appreciate his warmth and sincerity. He will always be in my cherished memories.

Posted by Joel C. Miller - Acquaintance   November 09, 2020

Thanks for the many many laughs you gave me thru life.

Posted by Susan Stephens    November 09, 2020

To his wife Joan and both his kids and extended family and friends I am so sorry for your loss and the worlds loss of such a kind and funny man. I've attached a photo of Norm from High School along with my father Mel Goverman who was a very close childhood friend and pal. In 1997 ( when my dad was very sick and visiting Los Angeles ) I happened to have connection with Joan for business purposes and I was lucky enough to get on the phone with him and asked him if he remembered my Dad ? To which he replied of course he did and I established a date for the two to have lunch. It meant so much to my father at the time and still to me till this day . Heaven is a funnier place now !

Posted by William Goverman - Los Angeles, CA - acquaintance   November 09, 2020

The Crosby family has my deepest condolences. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to receive the love and support that you need during this difficult time and always.

Posted by Jenee    November 09, 2020

Norm was a very funny guy, who was also a great pitchman. Remembering him in those classic Natural Lite beer commercials, back in the '70s and '80s, still puts a smile on my face!

Rest in peace, Norm.

Posted by A friend   November 09, 2020

I saw Norm in NYC. A very funny guy indeed .
" I want 6' tombstone 2' thick
with the words engraved " I tried to tell you all I was sick "
so you'll know I was right when you go walking on a past
you tried to tell me I was well but look who's laughing last "

Posted by Greg Williams - Acquaintance   November 09, 2020

Norm was like family in Boston, He was my dad's bestfriend.. May his memory be a blessing, all my sympathy to Joanie and family

Posted by Steve Glixman - St Louis, MO - friend   November 09, 2020

Family Album

Norm Crosby