It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Crossen, otherwise known as Stargazer, who passed away on March 22, 2018, at age 73. John was surrounded by his devoted wife and soulmate, Deb and angels of loved ones passed. After an award-winning career in advertising, John retired and he and Deb decided to cast away the big city lights for the darker skies of Buckhorn, where he turned his passion for astronomy into a popular tourist attraction in 2002 – the Buckhorn Observatory. He entertained thousands of visitors over 12 years, showing them the wonders of the universe. He was past-president of the Peterborough Astronomical Association and taught their beginning astronomy course. John also developed a successful outreach program, taking his hobby to local organizations and writing popular columns for local community newspapers including the Lakefield Herald and the Millbrook Times.
In his astronomy column, John demonstrated his love for the field as well as his ability to entertain while educating, which earned him many followers at the Millbrook Times. Always timely and funny, Stargazer connected the everyday with the unimaginable skies above. John will be remembered by family and friends as a kind, generous, funny guy who loved life, his friends and his community. His spirit will live on in the stars. KG