Jason Crosby, a well-known Asheville bartender at The Junction restaurant, died on Sunday. Earlier this year, Crosby, 43, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was unable to work. With a 4-year-old daughter and another baby on the way at the time, the Asheville community rallied to raise money for the Crosby family.
In March, The Junction held a special dinner to raise money for Crosby and his family. The same week as the dinner, local bartenders donated their tips to the Crosby family.
I haven’t seen an obituary yet, but I will update as soon as I do. There’s a donation page up at gofundme for Crosby. And you can watch this public YouTube video of Crosby posted Sept. 23. In it, Crosby talks of the solace he’s found in New Life Community Church in Asheville.
To Jason’s wife: I do not know you, but like so many, I’m sure, I am profoundly saddened to learn of your loss. Condolences feel completely inadequate in the wake of such overwhelming loss, but I hope it will ease your suffering, even if only minutely, to know that your story and Jason’s touched others’ hearts. I pray that God will be with you…that He will hold you and your children in His arms.
I, too, am a Christian, and I was moved by your husband’s humble, heartfelt testimony. I cannot imagine the pain which you, personally, have endured this past year. If I were in your place, my own faith would be tested, I am certain. I imagine I would cry out to God in anger, at times…even question His love and His plan…why He does not always intervene with healing hands in this life. Whatever questions arise in your own heart…whatever doubts or anger might someday surface, I so hope your knowledge of your husband’s faith will bring you peace…knowing that Jason is happy and healed, now, in the presence of the Lord…knowing that you WILL one day be reunited with him, forever more. As the old spiritual hymn proclaims, “What a day – glorious day – that will be!” In spite of the incredible pain this life can bring, I thank God that Christ is risen…that physical death is merely a portal to spiritual eternity with those who have passed over before us. I pray that God will shine His light before you with such glory – it will warm your soul with thankfulness for the cherished days you shared with Jason in this life and the endless, spectacular days with him in Heaven, yet to come.
One final note, as I do not know whether I will have a future opportunity to communicate with you: After viewing a recorded interview with my father, shortly after he passed away, I felt led to create a life-story film foundation to capture the joyful stories of schooldays, courtships, career milestones, etc. of individuals diagnosed with life-threatening illness…to do so with professional quality equipment, creating heirlooms for families, particularly for those with young children. The Storied Life Foundation has been formed and has just recently become a 501(c)(3), public charity, based in Asheville. It has not yet begun to produce personal films, but I hope it will do so soon, as funds permit, with the assistance of film student interns at WNC universities and others.
I saw your husband’s story in the ACT earlier this year and so hoped it would be operational in time to serve him. I was happy to see, today, that he was able to tell the story he felt was most important and that you have that recording. I am telling you about the foundation’s work because it is possible you might one day wish to volunteer in some way…possibly to be of assistance as it interacts with the family members of those it will serve. If so, please contact the foundation. It will need volunteers to serve in a variety of roles. Perhaps – someday – this work might be beneficial both to you and to those you might serve through the nonprofit. I wanted you to know, in the event that day arrives…even if it is many months or years away.
To learn more about the foundation: http://www.StoriedLifeFoundation.org
To email the foundation if you want to get involved at some point: info@StoriedLifeFoundation.org
My wife and I shed tears over reading this story at the breakfast table this morning. Praying for his wife and girls as they move on without Daddy. My heart breaks for his wife.
Very sad to hear. Condolences to Jason’s family.