Charles Ross, Sr. – tennis player, golfer, piano-bar devotee and St. Louis baseball fan since the days of the Browns – died October 10 in Brewster, Mass. The cause of death: complications from a life lived completely on his own terms over the course of 90 years. He remained his good-humored self until the end.
Charlie – also known as Uncle Bub to his many nieces and nephews – lived most of his first 86 years in St. Louis, aside from a 3-year stint as a Marine based in Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor attacks. A sales engineer his entire career, he founded and ran a small sales agency representing makers of manufacturing equipment for more than 20 years, a job he loved that had him driving 50,000 miles a year along the Midwest’s highways.
In his four-and-a-half years in Brewster, this lifelong Midwesterner came to appreciate Cape Cod’s beauty. He also grew some great friendships at the Brewster Council on Aging, and the concern of many of the individuals he met at the men’s coffee group and twice-weekly poker games touched his family during his recent illness. The family also would like to recognize the kindness and good care he received at Pleasant Bay Nursing Center, during several rehab stays and in the last year as a permanent resident.
Charlie’s first two marriages, to Julie Lakin and Virginia Clark Hardesty, ended in divorce. His third wife, Lenore Schlosser Alsbury, predeceased him in 2005; they were married 38 years. He is survived by his son Chuck Ross and daughters Terry Ross, Amy Wilcox and Carol Degenhart, along with twin brother Reid Ross of Durango, Colo.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 27 at 2 pm at First Parish Brewster UU, 1969 Main St., Brewster.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Brewster Council on Aging, 1673 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631. Or smile at a stranger and pet the next dog you meet on the street – Charlie did both on a regular basis.