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Lawrence Albert Ross

March 1, 1938March 1, 2020

He was born on March 1, 1938 in Portland, ME. He was raised and was a member of a large and loving family being one of 11 children on Munjoy Hill. Losing his maternal mother at a young age, he was raised by his father James “Ed” Ross and had benefit of a step mother Althea Ross, in his later teen years.

He graduated from Portland High School, also attending Cheverus High School. He began his apprenticeship as an upholsterer after High School. He married Elaine (Hamilton) Ross in 1960, moving a short time later to Long Beach, CA. so both could pursue professional endeavors.

He opened and owned his own furniture and antique business shortly after arriving in Long Beach in 1960, where his son James “Ted” Ross was born shortly after, during that same year. He was an avid supporter and booster club member to include President of both St. Matthew Grammar School and St. Anthony High School Athletic programs being recognized by both schools. Everyone who met him was instantly a friend.

In 1987, He and his wife Elaine retired and returned back to Portland ME and to their roots. His son Ted had arrived in 1985, starting his career with Portland Police Department. In 1987, he continued to work with furniture and antiques until his final retirement, having over a 40+ year career.

Being the Patriarch of the family, he so loved, known as “popop”. He and Elaine attended all athletic events of their three grandchildren; always beaming with pride. Though he cheered for all the people he knew, there was never a doubt who his grandchildren were. He and Elaine went to Cathedral almost every day for service and was a devoted Catholic. Upon the passing of his wife Elaine, he found great peace and support attending the 12:15 mass at Cathedral. He spoke fondly of the parish members, Priests, and friendships he had made.

Larry was predeceased by his wife Elaine (Hamilton) Ross, father James E Ross, mother Alice Whitney, step mother Althea, brother’s Bob Ross and John Ross, sister’s Barbara (Ross) Cohee, Louise (Ross) Richardson and Natalie (Ross) Scott.

He is survived by his loving family, son James “Ted” Ross and his wife Denise (DiPietro) Ross of Cape Elizabeth. He also leaves his three adored grandchildren Christina E. Ross of Windham, James “Jamie” Ross of Fairfield, CT. and Matthew J. Ross of Westbrook. As well as sisters Carol (Ross) Mikkelson, Elizabeth “Betty” (Ross) Tibbetts and Connie (Ross) Dayton and brothers Ted Ross and Peter Ross, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He will be forever loved and missed but never forgotten being remembered for all the support and love he gave throughout his life to family and friends.

Upon his wishes, there will be no formal services held. There will be a regular mass held in which he will be remembered at Cathedral Church in Portland on March 20, at 12:15pm.


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Jim Daniels

March 12, 2020

I've known Larry for over 35 years. Always friendly, always gracious, and always made me laugh. He will be missed. My condolences to the Ross family.

Thomas Dayton

March 12, 2020

Everyone has a favorite Uncle. You were mine.

Shawna Weitz

March 11, 2020

Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. He was so proud of his beautiful family. I have missed seeing him around the past couple of years having his cup of coffee. Such a gentleman. Rest in Peace Larry. You were one of the best!

James Bradley

March 10, 2020

Hi, I’am so sorry to hear of Larry passing, I grew up on Munjoy Hil , always had great times at the Ross house. James Bradley

William Dayton

March 9, 2020

My mother Constance (Connie) Patricia Ross honored me with her maiden name as my middle name. Willam Ross Dayton, and so lucky and happy to have had my Uncle Larry, Aunt Elaine, and cousin Ted in my formative years growing up in southern California. When Uncle Larry was in the house, or when we went to visit them in Long Beach, the good times were on. I cherish the memories of his booming voice, his sense of humor, his cigar (on occasion if I remember right) and his stories. It has been several years since I last saw Uncle Larry, but I was grateful to tell him on that day, among our other Ross family members gathered at cousin Judy's house in S. Portland, how much he meant to me for the reasons I list above. He proudly showed me a couple of family photos of his son and grandsons, and he complimented and patted the dogs I had brought over from our house in New Hampshire (my wife Carrie was in California for that holiday) so they wouldn't be alone all day. Small kindnesses can mean so much, and I always loved and admired my Uncle Larry, and Aunt Elaine -- his beautiful, glamorous wife. I will miss them, and I hope Ted and his family are doing okay.

Ed Kelley

March 8, 2020

I only met Larry a few times and was caught off guard both times by his vice-like handshake, and a mischievous gotcha-like smile. A nice man.

Carol Mikkelsen

March 8, 2020

I will miss having Larry visit every week after his attending daily Mass. Over the last year, we shared many happy memories of our childhood days growing up on MunJoy Hill. Love you forever. Carol

Betty Cyr

March 8, 2020

Eternal rest grant unto Larry and May he Rest In Peace. Will miss seeing him at the Saturday 4:00 Mass at the Cathedral when I return to Portland from FL🙏🙏

Butch Guimond

March 8, 2020

Will miss your keen witty remarks and all the fun at Ed's famous poker night's