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Harold C. Ross

Harold C. Ross of Punta Gorda, Fl., formerly of Kerhonkson, NY died Saturday, October 24th at Signature Health Care in Port Charlotte, Fl. He was 85 years old. Harold was born on January 27, 1924 in Boston, MA; he was the son of the late Harold C. and Ruth (Thomas) Ross.

Mr. Ross was a WWII Tech. Sergeant with Unit Co. A. 182nd Infantry (Americal Division) in the United States Army. He was awarded several medals including a Bronze Star. After being Honorably Discharged, Harold returned to school and graduated the New Paltz State Teachers College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science and also a Masters Degree. He went on to teach American History for Walden High School, the Kerhonkson School District and later retired from the Rondout Valley School District in 1984 where he also coached varsity baseball.

Harold was a member of the VFW #5690 and Elks #2763 in Port Charlotte, Fl, a member of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America and was a NY State Officiating Referee for Basketball and Football.

On December 17, 1983 Harold married Lillian E. Shermas in Kerhonkson, NY.

In addition to his wife, Lillian at home, Harold is survived by his son; Randy C. Ross and his wife Anne of Buskirk, NY, 3 grandchildren; Matthew, Bonnie and Kristoffer and his step-grandson; John Lemay. Also surviving are Lillian’s daughters; Patricia May and her husband James of Lockport, NY and Kathleen Griffin and her husband John of Pine Bush, NY, Lillian’s grandchildren; Michelle, Jennifer, Brian, James, Christine and Thomas and Lillian’s great-granddaughter Brianna.

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Karen (Baker) Saunders - December 7th, 2009 at 1:17pm - Email
I can still see Mr. Ross, half sitting on the side of his desk as he described in great detail the battle with that sparkle in his eye as he made it all come to life for all of us. Over the years Art & I have reminisced with many fond memories of him. Thank you, Mr. Ross, for the memories!

Holly - December 1st, 2009 at 5:23pm - Email
I well remember Mr. Ross's social studies class, and how he brought history to life for a bunch of un-interested kids. Sorry to learn of his passing.

Randy C. Ross - November 10th, 2009 at 7:22pm - Email
I would like to thank every one who came to the visiting hours, attended the service, and signed the web site guestbook. A special thanks to Geoffrey and Hillary and to Rev. Dauber Thanks also to the soldiers in the detail at the cemetery.Dad is at rest Randy Ross

KEN ROBERTS - October 31st, 2009 at 9:54am - Email
Sorry to hear of Mr Ross passing. He kept my attention in history RVCS Class of 72

Joan B Czerniawski - October 30th, 2009 at 1:21pm - Email
Dear Lil!! Sorry to learn of Hal's passing. He can rest in peace now. I would have attended the funeral had I known sooner. Keep in touch. How's Patty> Fondly cousin Joan4

Regina Rahn - October 29th, 2009 at 12:18pm - Email
Dear Lillian; Please except my sincere sympathy I have not forgotton the wonderful times we all had together, now one by one we are all going home to GOD.

Don Milone - October 28th, 2009 at 10:33pm - Email
I knew Hal for about 7 years as an active member of the Veteran Motor Car Club Of America in Punta Gorda,FL. He and Lillian loved driving and riding in their tu-tone'55 Ford. Hal was a real "Car Guy", But, a much more meaningful title was conferred on Hal by all who knew him -War Hero. He gave full measure of service and sacrifice to his country,a true patriot. I was proud and and honored to call him friend. Rest In Peace Hal.

rocco/barbara rossi - October 28th, 2009 at 4:44pm - Email
our condolence to lillian.hope to see you in port charlotte or elks 2763

Erich Paetow - October 28th, 2009 at 1:46pm - Email
You touched a lot of people. Every one remembers you fondly.

marc sperry - October 28th, 2009 at 11:29am - Email
Hal was a wonderful person and was an excellent football official. We had lots of fun times together with Arnie and Don on and off the football field. He is certainly going to be missed. Our condolences go to Lil and the rest of their family.

Pat Wright - October 28th, 2009 at 10:23am - Email
Mr. Ross, was one of my best teachers, I was in second grade, when he married Barbara, riding her aroud in his convertible. then in i had him as a teacher,He was a patriot, and loved his country. rest in peace.

Carla Dembo Bernhardt - October 28th, 2009 at 9:43am - Email
I can still recite most of the NYS counties learned in 7th grade SS. Rest in peace.

Russell Krom - October 28th, 2009 at 8:37am - Email
You were one of the best. One of the few teachers, who after all these years, I will always remember. Mom always thought fondly of you as well. Hope you are now having fun together. Rest in peace old soldier.

Russell Krom - October 28th, 2009 at 8:37am - Email
You were one of the best. One of the few teachers, who after all these years, I will always remember. Mom always thought fondly of you as well. Hope you are now having fun together. Rest in peace old soldier.

Leslie Brooks Selage - October 28th, 2009 at 8:02am - Email
Randy, I graduated with you, though I never had your father as a teacher. You have my sympathy. I hope your father's last years were a joy to him. May he know eternal rest.

Janet Terwilliger Summers - October 28th, 2009 at 6:43am - Email
I was a former student of Mr. Ross, he was one great teacher and person. My heart goes out to his family at this time for their loss. May God Bless.

Susan "Lucas" Miszko - October 27th, 2009 at 9:27pm - Email
I am really sorry to hear of Mr.Ross' passing. I was one of his students at Rondout. He made learning "fun". Susan

JOE DALLAO - October 27th, 2009 at 4:53pm - Email

Susan Pomerantz (Sommer) - October 27th, 2009 at 4:26pm - Email
I graduated in 1965 and,yes, I remember Mr. Ross. He made Social Studies/History and interesting class. My sincere sympathy to his family.

Bonnie Will (Zoehrer) - October 27th, 2009 at 3:20pm - Email
I graduated from Rondout Valley High School, and I had Mr. Ross for American History. I'll always remember his interesting classes and his stories about being in World War II.

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