The son of Clarence M. and Olive (Ingalls) Ross Sr., he was born in Ludlow on February 22, 1927. Mr. Ross graduated from Mount Hermon School for Boys in Gill, MA. He was a World War II Army veteran, where he served as a tank instructor.
Mr. Ross enjoyed a 35-year career with the US Postal Service, starting as a rural mail carrier and retiring as postmaster of the Dorset Post Office. He had previously worked as supervisor of the night shift at Glassine Paper Mill in Monroe Bridge, MA. He had been a TV repairman, owning his own shop in Readsboro and worked for Briggs and later at Seasons Radio, both in North Adams, MA. He was a pioneer in the satellite TV industry and had installed them for many years, starting with the giant models.
Mr. Ross was active in his community. He served as commander of American Legion Post 69 in Arlington, commander of American Legion Post in Readsboro, King Lion of the Readsboro Lions Club, and captain in the Readsboro Fire Department. He was a former member of the Bennington Elks Lodge, Moose Family Center, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Bennington. For 32 years, he was a volunteer van driver for the VA, transporting veterans from the Bennington area to their White River Veterans Hospital appointments.
Mr. Ross enjoyed being on the water, either fishing, water skiing, boating, sailing or just being there with his family. Music was a big part of his life. He was an accomplished banjo player and played with the Kelly Stand Symphony. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed riding his motorcycle.
He leaves his son, Gary Ross and wife Geraldine, of Sunderland; stepson, Richard VanGuilder, of Readsboro; daughters, Debbie Mattison and Rebecca Ward and husband Walter, all of Manchester, and Donna Walker and husband Gene, of Florida; stepdaughters Linnette Over and husband Greg, of Cuttingsville, and Naomi Brown and husband Jeff, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; 21 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wives Charlene (Wellman) Ross and Phyllis (VanGuilder) Ross, and children, Diane and Gilbert in 1964.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Readsboro on September 5. Burial with military honors followed in the Readsboro Village Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Readsboro American Legion Post 29 in care of the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250.
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