Richard A. Ross of Lakeland, FL. Born on December 13, 1935 and died peacefully on January 10, 2023 at the age of 87.

Richard “Dick” Ross was born in Dorchester, MA to Harry and Belle Ross. He completed his education at Northeastern University. After spending time as a Forman for the NEPCO meat processing company, he joined the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce as an Inspector.

Dick married Debbie Silverstein in Boston, Ma in 1956, where they enjoyed 53 years of marriage. They welcomed two sons Arthur in 1957 and Robert in 1967. Dick and Debbie made their home in Lakeland over 30 years ago, where they enjoyed their friends and neighbors at the Colonnades Community. After his wife Debbie had passed, he found a long and beautiful companionship with Korina Masters, where they looked after each other exceedingly well for the remaining 14 years of his life.

Dick was a pillar of strength and support, and extremely proud of his family that included his brother Stanley and Sister-in-Law Adele, his two sons and Daughter in Laws, Arthur (Jamie) and Robert (Linda), As well as his five grandchildren (Jason, Nathan, Amanda, Mitchell and Maegan), two great grandchildren (Ava and Harper), as well as a niece and two nephews and their spouses, Sharon (Rick) and Jeff (Sylvia), and Howard (Lisia) all of whom he loved dearly.

For many years Dick enjoyed being a member of the Dixieland Lions Club, Volunteering at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM), and thousands of volunteer hours with Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC). He also enjoyed being a season ticket holder at Theatre Winter Haven, Cruising and vacationing, as well as his watching his beloved New England Patriots win several Super Bowls and all other Boston Sports Teams. He also enjoyed watching the Tampa Bay Lightning win several championships as well.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.

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