DETROIT - Earl C. Ross, 68, passed away peacefully following a long illness Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at home surrounded by family. He was born September 8, 1947, in Weymouth, MA, a son of Paul and Connie (Willburn) Ross, and spent his childhood years in Hull, MA.
Employed by SEA Consultants, Earl devoted 27 years to the company established by his father, traveling throughout New England and returning home to the Tuttle Farm where he enjoyed spending time with family when not on his tractors. Earl had a huge presence in all that he did, including creating events for others to enjoy, most memorably his story telling. He was a co-founder of the Detroit Volunteer Fire Department and a catalyst for the Detroit Library. His passion for entertaining through his creative lyrics and music brought enjoyment and laughter to all who had the pleasure to experience it.
Earl is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Bonnie (Lewis) Ross; daughter, Jessica and husband, Travis King, and grandchildren, Brandon, Savannah and Cody, all of Kennesaw, Georgia; son, Adam and wife, Elizabeth Ross, and grandchildren, Landon and Lucas, all of Detroit; father, Paul and wife, Monica Ross, of Venice, FL; brother, Larry and wife, Rebecca Ross, of Canaan; nieces, Hannah and Caitlin; as well as extended family and many close friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Connie; and grandparents.
A graveside gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Detroit Village Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating. A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Rte. 2, Palmyra, with a special time to share memories. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Detroit Fire Department or the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department, both in care of the Detroit Town Office, 35 South Main St., Detroit, ME 04029. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.