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William David Ross, 81, of Gloucester died Friday afternoon, January 27, 2017, at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. He was born August 29, 1935, in Pittsburgh, Pa., son of the late Harold Theodore and Winifred Luce Ross, both from Michigan. He graduated from Manhasset High School in New York, the University of Michigan, and Columbia University Law School.
During his career as an attorney, he served as corporate counsel for Otis Elevator Company in New York and later for United Technologies Corporation in Farmington, Connecticut, and as Deputy General Counsel for UT Automotive in Dearborn, Mich. After retirement, he and his wife, Sue, moved to Gloucester.
A rose-breasted grosbeak started Bill on a lifetime of birdwatching at age 14.
He was a dedicated Christian, continuously growing as a follower of Christ, teaching Bible studies and Sunday school, and serving as church chairman of Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, Conn., in the 1980s and as member and chair of the Elder Board at the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville.
Quick-witted, a great conversationalist and possessed of an incomparable sense of humor, he loved reading, especially literature and theology. Despite failing eyesight in recent years, he read through the complete works of William Shakespeare and was in the process of reading all the published works of Jonathan Edwards.
Bill leaves his wife of 54 years, Sue; son, Ted and daughter-in-law, Diane; daughter, Cathy; grandchildren, Anya, Mariel, Linnea, and Micah; brother, Bob, sister-in-law, Holly and their daughter, Amy and her family; as well as many others within an extended family who loved him deeply and will miss him greatly.
Visiting hours will be held at the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Tuesday, January 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will take place at the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville, 1120 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Wednesday, February 1, at 10 a.m.
Please, no flowers. Contributions can be made in his name to the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville or to the Essex County Greenbelt Association.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 30, 2017
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