Stuart Gordon Ross

December 29, 1935November 10, 2020

Stuart G. Ross of Peabody entered into the arms of Jesus on November 10, 2020 at the age of 84. He was the beloved husband of BettyAnn (Osterfield) Ross, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

Stuart was the son of the late William J. and Olive R. (Brindley) Ross. He grew up in Roxbury and later graduated from Lynn Vocational Technical School. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962. He entered into The Salvation Army’s School for Officer’s Training from 1962 to 1964. Stuart was commissioned as an ordained minister with The Salvation Army in 1964 and served at various appointments across New England. Stuart married the love of his life BettyAnn (Osterfield) Ross in January 1965 and later moved to Peabody in 1974 where he raised his family. Stuart worked as a bookkeeper at The Salvation Army until his retirement.

He was a dedicated member of The Salvation Army in Lynn, MA where he also volunteered. Stuart loved to play his horn in The Salvation Army’s brass band and taught Adult Sunday School for many years. He loved the Lord, enjoyed music and brass banding, was a dedicated Red Sox fan, and enjoyed crossword puzzles as well as researching family history. He cherished his time spent with family and friends.

Stuart is the devoted father of Andrew Ross and his wife Kimberly of Fitchburg, BethEllen Parkhurst and her husband Gilbert of East Stroudsburg, PA, Jonathan Ross and his wife Kelly of Huguenot, NY, Joel Ross of Peabody, and Timothy Ross and his wife Nicole of Lowell. He was also the cherished grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service for Stuart Ross will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, 185 Lake St., Peabody, MA 01960 where mask wearing and social distancing are required. A Memorial Service for Stuart Ross will be held at a later date due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to The Salvation Army, 1 Franklin St. Lynn, MA 01902 for use towards music scholarship at Camp Wonderland in his name. Please indicate “Memorial – Music Scholarship” in memo line.



  • Graveside Service

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Linda Graham

November 15, 2020

Stu was a quiet, beloved fixture on Sunday mornings. Stu would sit in the front row and play his horn during the years when there was a pianist or organist in the congregation and his absence at any time was immediately noticed with concern. I will miss Stu's presence when it's again possible for me to attend services in person. I extend my thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family.

Jerlyn Dowe Roderique

November 13, 2020

Stu was a quiet, and strong man of God, who I admired, R.I.P

Guy Klemanski

November 12, 2020

Praying for Betty and the entire family! Such great memories of Betty and Stuart , I was privileged to be at their wedding ... Betty was our Lt in Lewiston, Maine ! A wonderful and God blessed man who leaves a beautiful legacy of faithful ministry and service! God bless you ALL!

Jayne Collibee

November 12, 2020

Stu was a wonderful soft spoken man of God. Prayers for his family

Scott Webb

November 11, 2020

Rest in peace, Uncle Stu.

Jayne Day-Ashurst

November 11, 2020

It was a pleasure playing with you in the band during my time as a member of the Salvation Army . Prayers and thoughts to Betty, Andy, Beth, Joel, Jon and Tim and their families. God Bless .

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