Robert Malcolm Ross
September 6, 1932 – December 26, 2019
Colonel Robert Malcom Ross (Poppy), 87, of Toms River, NJ, passed away at home on December 26, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He bravely endured a long struggle with congestive heart failure. He was born in Fresno, California to George and Muriel Ross (Tandowsky). He was raised in Staten Island, NY and eventually moved to Toms River in 1970. Colonel Ross was a decorated USAF Pilot; one of the youngest B52 Bomber pilots ever. After 10 years of active duty, he served until retirement from the Delaware Air National Guard. Simultaneous with his National Guard career, he was a 747 Captain for Pan Am World Airways. He especially loved living in Berlin for several years in the 1990s, and loved a good cold German beer. Robert was a faithful donor to St. Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota. Some of his favorite hobbies were sailing, baking turkey potpies after Thanksgiving, and cooking sauerbraten for Sunday dinners. Our family vacations in the Outer Banks, NC with the Ross & Cosgrove families were full of special memories. He also loved tinkering on his car and was a member of the Porsche club. Robert is predeceased by his loving wife Barbara and children Elizabeth, Victoria (Cosgrove), Stanley John & Katherine. Surviving are his children Ian, Adriana, Jennifer and John. Also surviving is his sister Joan Popovitch, nephews Edward Ross, Jason Cheney, and niece Alexandra Ikeguchi. All his children and grandchildren will miss him dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VMI in memory of his son Stanley John, class of 1984: VMI Alumni Agencies, Neikirk Hall, 304 Letcher Avenue, P.B. box 932, Lexington, VA 24450. (Phone 800-444-1839 or 540-464-7328, fax 540-463-1701, firstname.lastname@example.org) Visitation will be Monday, December 30, from 4 to 7 PM, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, December 31 at 10 AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Toms River. Condolences may be made by visiting www.andersonand campbell.com
- Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, December 31, 2019
- Committal Service Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Robert Malcolm Ross
January 14, 2020
I am so sorry to hear that Uncle Robert passed away He was a great uncle to me. I will always remember having holidays in NJ with the family. Love to all. Malcolm Ross
January 2, 2020
January 2, 2020
Dear Ross Family,
Along with your entire Delaware National Guard family, I want to convey our condolences and extend our sincere sympathy on the passing of Colonel Ross.
Mere words, although compassionate and gentle, cannot lessen your loss, but we pray that the heartfelt expression of our sentiments will ease your sorrow and emphasize that we, in your Guard family, understand and care. We trust that all your lovely memories will bring you comfort.
If there is any way that I, or the Delaware National Guard, can be of assistance, please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Michael R. Berry
The Adjutant General, Delaware
December 27, 2019
I will always remember Bob for looking out for all that deserved it in the Delaware Air National Guard. Always caring and willing to lend a helping hand. Bob was a joy to fly with on the C-130's. Quick with his latest "jokes" and fun to listen to some of his many experiences. It was my extreme pleasure to have flown with Bob and to always call him a friend. God bless you. Jim Jones Delaware ANG Flt. Engineer, Retired