Stephen Myrick Cross, of Freedom, Maine, was born in Montville, Maine on May 22, 1921, and died at the age of 90, at Tall Pines Nursing Home in Belfast, Maine on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Steve as his friends knew him, spent his whole life on the dairy farm in Freedom, first with his parents, Avis Myrick Cross and Perley Shepherd Cross, and then independently with his wife of 69 years, Hazel Tyler Cross, who survives him. After graduating from Freedom Academy in 1939, and many years of dairy farming, Stephen worked as a custodian and bus driver for Mt. View School in Thorndike before joining the Maine Highway Department, Knox garage, where he was fondly known as Gramps. Following retirement, he worked part-time for Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, serving as a familiar host for many local families who had services at the Unity branch. Stephen served as a school board member, a trustee of Freedom Academy, a selectman, and moderator of the local town meetings. He was also a member of the Freedom Volunteer Fire Department, and a life-long member, and past Master of Dirigo Grange. In 1983, he was recognized as Freedoms Man of the Year. Recently, he had been an active member of Quaker Hill Christian Church in Unity. Steves love and extensive knowledge of horses spanned his lifetime of owning, and working teams of draft horses. He was a master storyteller, and a beloved local historian. Additional surviving family members include his son, the Rev. Dr. Myrick Tyler Cross, and daughter-in-law, Amy Cole Cross of Bar Harbor and Freedom; his daughter, Dr. Ruth Tyler-Cross of Reston, Virginia; his grandchildren, Stephen Eloihim of Reston, Virginia, Carrie Cross, and husband, David Choi of Medford, Massachusetts, and Katherine Cross of Bar Harbor and Freedom; his great grandchildren, Tristan Cross Choi, and Acadia Cross Choi both of Medford, Massachusetts; a cousin, Foster Shibles of Harrison; as well as several other cousins. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2011at the family farm, 52 Peasant Street, Freedom. A celebration of Stephens life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at Freedom Congregational Church followed by a reception at the farm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to a scholarship fund being created at Mt. View High School for a graduate pursuing a vocation in agriculture or veterinary medicine. Send to: STEPHEN CROSS SCHOLARSHIP, c/o Bangor Savings Bank, P.O. Box 670, Unity, Maine 04988.