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Kenneth Scott Ross Sr.
May 12, 1925 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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Kenneth Scott Ross Sr., 98, died peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at his home in Longmeadow, MA. He was the son of Charles C. Ross and Alice Scott Ross. He is survived by his loving wife, Frances M. Ross; his four children: Thomas S. Ross and his wife Nancy Mendel, Leslie Lawrence and her husband David Lawrence, Charles B. Ross and his wife Laureen Ross, and Kenneth S. Ross Jr. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Samuel Stewart; his seven grandchildren: Sarah Ross, Scott Lawrence, Emily Lawrence, Laura Ross, Charlotte Ross, Kenneth Ross, and Ashley Ross, as well as his great-grandson, Connor Ross; his granddaughter-in-law, Jillian Ross, and his cousin, Sylvia Nye. He was predeceased by his sister, Rosemary Stewart; his brother, Douglas L. Ross; daughter-in-law Andrea Ross, and grandchildren, Douglas S. Ross and Allison Ross.
Ken was incredibly honest, brilliant, a voracious reader, and a great listener, who handed out sage advice to his family over the years. Ken served in the Army during World War II, rising to the rank of Sargent, and then went on to graduate from Springfield College. He worked at the Monarch Life Insurance Company for 42 years, ultimately rising to the position of Vice President of Claims. He not only was successful at his career, he was a devoted and loving husband for over 69 years, and remarkable father for over 68 years. He was a lifelong Celtics and Red Sox fan, and an award-winning golfer. In the 1960s, while a member of Race Brook Country Club, he won five Club Championships, and later, as a member of Longmeadow Country Club, he won many tournaments as well as a number of Senior Club Championships. He even qualified for the Massachusetts State Amateur Championship at the age of 67, and in that Match Play was tied against the number one ranked player down to the final hole. Between the ages of 67 and 88 he shot his age over 200 times.
His marriage to his wife Frannie (as he affectionately called her) was an example of profound connectiveness, true devotion, and immense love. That love lifted and bonded the family. They traveled the world together, sharing many wonderful adventures, and built a dream home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which was their special place.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am on Monday, February 12, 2024, at the First Congregational Church of Hadley, 102 Middle Street, Hadley, MA, with visitation in the church beginning at 10:30 am. A private burial will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Children's New England, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.