Mr. Ross Macaluso

October 18, 1946April 9, 2018

MACALUSO, Ross of Tampa. He was the Retired Division Chief, Badge number 3,of Hillsborough County Fire Department, passed away April 9, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lavonne; brother, Andrew (Judy); sons, Michael (Michelle), Mark (Billie Sue) and Scott (Jovanna); granddaughters, Erin, Taylor, Lauren, Delaney and Ava; and many other loving family members and friends. There will be no funeral services at his request. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Hillsborough Fire Museum Foundation, 7853 Gunn Hwy. #182, Tampa, FL 33626.


Mr. Ross Macaluso

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Lisa Paffenroth

April 22, 2018

Lavonne, I just heard this sad news. I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Tim Montgomery

April 16, 2018

I have known Ross since 1957. I have not seen him in a while but still considered him a good friend. I have many good memories of our friendship in Drew Park. We played little league baseball together and went to Lois elementary school. We spent a lot of time together as kids and teenagers, I remember the great Italian food his mother made. I was a kid from Kentucky and had never had food like that.
I still stay in touch With Andy whom I think the world of along with His wife Judy. I will always cherish my memories of Ross. May he rest in peace.

Jovanna Macaluso

April 15, 2018

My Chief, my protector. You were like a father to me for 18 years. Even though you never liked to be in the spotlight or have all the attention centered on you, guess what? It’s happening.
You’ve touched so many lives along the way. You were truly one of a kind. I will miss our chats, laughing with you, your honest opinions & wisdom, your willingness to help anyone you cared about at the drop of a dime. The love you had for your boys was one like no other. You are their hero. I thank you for instilling the same courage, strength, & didgnity, in your son, Scott, my husband. Thank you for teaching him to be a real man for his family.
I will miss seeing you sitting in “your chair” every time i walk through that door. I will miss hearing you say “Hey woofie do” to my daughter Ava. She will never forget you, & I will never let her. Your boys will continue your legacy, & I, along with the rest of us, promise to take care of Lavonne.
You died the same way you lived; with dignity, with pride, with courage, with stubbornness, & you did it your way.
I will never forget you & all you’ve done for me. I love you with all my heart,

James Olsen

April 14, 2018

I cannot adequately put in mere words everything that Ross meant to me. From my time starting as a Volunteer FF at West Hillsborough all the way through my career and retirement, Ross was one of the very special friends and a co-worker that a person cherishes throughout life. The entire Macaluso family that, and I am honored to have cherished thoughts and memories of a friend and mentor Ross was to me. I love you dear friend, and may God bless you and the entire Macaluso family. Job well done Ross! You shall remain cherished in all of our hearts...

Bradley Price

April 14, 2018

What can one say to honestly describe Ross. If you knew Ross you knew he was not a man that liked to be told how great he was. I can and will say knowing Ross over the last forty years he was one of the best allies I could have ever had in the fire service He taught me more than he ever knew or took credit for teaching. Only a few time would we bump heads over something’s. To this day I’m not sure who’s head was the hardest. I was lucky enough to know what was going on with Ross and got to reach out before he left this world. Even in the last weeks of his life I find him still teaching me. You see Ross chose how to live his life and even how he would leave it all behind. The attitude this man displayed was one of Strength courage and dignity. I can only hope I can display the same in my life. I will miss the chats he and I would have over the last few years but can rejoice in knowing he peers down from above watching over each and every person he knew as friends. I can also say I’m sure Ross and my Dad are plotting how to he me on path. Thank you my Friend for allowing me to be within your circle of life

Stephanie Brooks

April 13, 2018

There are no words that will ever express how sorry I am for the loss of such an awesome and loving person. Thank you Ross for embracing me when I began working with HCFR in 2001. You were a gentle spirit then and remained the same throughout the years and even more during our last conversation. I will never forget you and will cherish the memories. May God smile upon you as you have done with me. Until we meet again, I will hold your smile close to my heart. With love and respect, Stephanie J. Brooks

Lauren Macaluso

April 13, 2018

I love you with all my heart papa, you were the best grandpa anyone could ask for. I will always have you in my heart ❤️ you are my guardian angel forever. You will be missed dearly....
RIP papa mac

Bill Sigmund

April 13, 2018

Known Ross since he and his brother worked at the state fair serving beer years ago. Worked with him when I worked for Cummins. Always a stand up guy.
RIP Friend,

Marvin Russell

April 13, 2018

Ross I thank you for being my friend and brother. My heart is shattered by your passing but there is a day coming that we shall be together in heaven for eternity, I love you brother and miss you greatly R.I.P

ferman loprz

April 13, 2018

A great boss and a dear friend is gone. I am proud to be one of the old shop guys to refer to him as Father. The man had an quiet wisdom that will be sorely missed.