Cross was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to sports administration, in the 1973 New Year Honours, and promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1977 New Year Honours, for services to sport as a member of the International Olympic Committee and chairman of the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to sport in the 1984 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Cross died in Wellington in 1989.
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