Gerald F. Ross
November 21, 1921 - March 03, 2012
Gerald F. Ross died March 3, 2012 after a brief illness. Gerald was born November 21, 1921 to the late Albert and Julia Ross in Detroit. He served proudly with the United States Marine Corps during the Second World War. 1st Division in Peleliu. Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1942. Married the love of his life, Connie, on August 28, 1954. He was the consummate salesman, known for his bow ties. Sixty-two years as a Home Furnishing Representative, servicing the state of Michigan and founder of G.F. Ross Sales Company. Avid tennis player and stamp collector until the end.
Gerald is survived by his wife “Connie”, his son Grant (Willie)Ross and daughters Bernadette Ross (Joseph Hernandez) and Celeste (Allen) Lewis. His grandchildren Jill (Roy) Keto, Jason (Andrea) Ross, and Selina (Mike) O’Coffeey, great-grand children Jacob, Hannah, Abraham, Ruth, David and Esther, and his sister-in-law Harriet (the late Jerome) Ross and Rose (Leon) Ricelli. He was a favorite uncle to many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Rd. (between 14-15 Mile Rd.) Monday 4-8pm. Prayers Monday 7pm. Funeral mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 32340 Pierce, Beverly Hills, Tuesday 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am. Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.
Memorials to the Gerald and Concetta Ross Scholarship Fund at U. of M., Our Lady Queen of Martyrs or Southern Poverty Law Center appreciated.
|Aunt Connie, Berna, Celest and Blue,
I am sending you lots of love during this time.
|Gerry, I will miss you and your infectious laugh! Your loving marriage to your beautiful Concetta has been an inspiration to me during my 28 years with Bill. I want to thank you for bringing Bernadette into this world. . . a gift I will treasure always! Watch over us, dear Gerry. . . . Much love, "your other daughter",
|Gerry has been an inspiration to me for
the 30 years I have known him.
His smile, his love for life, and his love
for Connie are examples for all of us.
Anyone who ever met Gerry Ross, even
briefly, was better off for the experience.
I will greatly miss him.
|Grandma, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your kids. We will always have him in our thoughts. He was very loved.|
|Dear Connie and Family:
It is with a very sad and heavy heart that I think of Gerry's passing. We have been the best of friends for 25 years and I will miss hearing Gerry Stories and the familiar voice on the pnone; "Ross Here"! I think one of the most improtant things in life is the mark you leave on this planet and Gerry sure contributed. From the University of Michigan to World War II, to the tenis courts, and swimming pools to his love of Trains. We love you Gerry and will have you with us always. I pray for Gerry and Connie and all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, for you strenght during this sad time. Sad it is, but it also time to celebrate the life of a terrific person.
Mike & Cathy Flynn
|My prayers are with the Ross Family at this time. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Gerald, however, his lovely daughter, Bernadette, often shared with me his vitality, sense of humor and love for his job.
Rest In Peace Gerald|
| Gerry was a wonderful man. He called on us as a sales rep for the past 25 - 30 yrs. I will miss him. He was so kind to me and all of us at the store
He always made us Smile! We will always remember him! Certainly.....a life to celebrate! God's blessings to all of you during this time.|
Kathy /Seymour Carpets & Furniture
|Gerry was the salesmans' salesman. Never heard him complain, always a smile, always something positive to say. A most loveable genuine man who certainly impacted my life and was a great ambassador for our company. We all are going to miss him very much but take solice knowing now has eternal peace in heaven with God.|
|I always enjoyed talking to Uncle Gerry. He was interested in so many different things and always wanted to know how everyone was doing. Carolyn and I send our condolences to Aunt Connie and his family.|
|Love and prayers to you all, and thanks Gerry for being in my life, please continue to watch over us.
|Gerald was my grandfather, whom we actually all referred to affectionately as "Grandpa Connie". He was a big sports fan, and you could always talk to him about the goods and bads of the local Detroit teams, including the Wolverines. He was a season ticket holder of the Lions for a very long time, and took me to a game once. Since I live in Los Angeles, this was a real treat. He and Grandma Connie were there for me at my daughters' birth 5 years ago, attended my wedding, and we were so blessed to be able to come here and spend this past Thanksgiving holiday with Grandma and Grandpa here in Royal Oak.
Grandpa Connie used to send me long letters sharing all of the goings-on in his life, and endorsing plenty of political views, some of which we agreed, and some we did not. He always loved engaging in the discussion and hearing my side of the issue.....I too have the same appreciation for the full discussion of issues. And he enjoyed receiving letters as much as he enjoyed writing them. So, in the last couple years of his life, I wrote a lot of letters to him and Grandma.
The distance from my family in Los Angeles to Royal Oak may have limited the time we were in Grandma and Grandpa's physical presence, but it NEVER limited the love they both gave to all of us so freely and thoughtfully.
Grandpa Connie, you will be so missed, and you will never be forgotten!!|
|We will so miss Gerry, his passion for fairness and civil rights, his stories, and his infectious charm. Our love to all of his family.
Kate, Dean, Ali and Nick Yannias
|Connie and Berna & Celeste - So happy that I and my family knew "Gerry" and knew first hand what a wonderful man, husband, father and friend he was. We lived next door to the Ross family for 30 years so I think that qualifies me to make that statement.
God Bless his family.|
| I did not hear about Jerry's death until the last day or so but I wanted to say how sorry I am. I got to know Jerry in the last year thru tennis. He knew my dad from years ago playing tennis, and my brother John and i played with him often. What a gentleman and classy man he was. Over coffe at Macdonalds you could tell how much he loved the game and being with people. He had a genuine zest fo life! I will miss him a lot.
Covenant House Michigan offers you and your family our condolences during this time of grief. Gerald and you have supported our kids for years and we thank you for your help. God bless you and hold you forever in His Loving Care. You will be in our prayers.
Carolyn Millard - Covenant House Michigan|