Louis Albert Bross Jr.
November 21, 1924 – December 26, 2019
Louis A. Bross, Jr. (1924 – 2019)
Crossing The Bar Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I pull out to sea. But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam. When that which drew from out the boundless, Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark. For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place, The flood may bear me far. I hope to see my Pilot face to face, When I have crossed the bar.
~Alfred Terryson (1809-1892)
To Begin…To Know Lou is to Love Lou! Louis A. Bross, Jr. was a person of great honor and respect. He served his country in the Army for 2 years, then as a Navigator and Educational Trainer in the United States Airforce for 20 years and retired as Major Louis A. Bross, Jr.; a Commissioned Officer.
The stories of his journey in all but two countries during his lifetime were enthralling from beginning to end regardless of how many times you heard that particular narrative. His sharp mind and quick wit made him an absolute joy to be around! Laughter and joke telling were a constant and Lou couldn’t pass up an opportunity to be the center of attention!
Lou’s ability to recall names, dates, times and details from as long as 85 years ago, and decades after was truly astounding! Telling the story of his “First Job at 13 years old”, is not only hilarious, but gives an insight into the life of an ingenious and charming young boy who did what it took to “make it” in 1937.
Lou was a Seton Hall University Graduate from South Orange, New Jersey and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a Minor in Philosophy. He also acquired a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the prestigious Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. After that, Lou became a Counselor and Director of Guidance at Lyman High School for 17 years! He retired from there and was a Substitute Teacher at Edgewater High School, Robert E. Lee Middle School and Lockhart Middle School. Lou loved all sports but football was his favorite and he was a huge Notre Dame fan! For the most part, Lou’s life in College Park was filled with fine dining, travel, golfing, and holiday and birthday celebrations filled with the love of close neighbors and friends. Lou had a super close bond with his Best Friend and Care Giver, Caryn and her dog, Bella, “The Best Pup on West Smith Street” for the past 8 years where they brought each other infinite happiness and love.
Lou was a loving father who did everything possible for his daughter, Celia, who lives in Mount Dora and his son, Christopher, in a nearby home in Orlando. Lou was a devout Catholic and was raised attending Catholic schools from elementary to College. He has been a St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church parishioner for decades. He had a full and exciting life filled with challenges and life lessons. Lou always said, “Remember, Babe, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!”
Toward the end, Lou learned how to play Chess and Yahtzee and was unbeatable at Scrabble due to his extraordinary vocabulary. His love for the Beach, Sunsets, Sun and the Sand brought him to St. Pete Beach where, sadly, “He left the scene” as he would describe it at 95 years old, just 5 weeks after his birthday and one day after Christmas. Lou will be truly loved and missed “Forever and One Day” by those who truly knew him. May he rest peacefully eternally until we meet again?
- Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 4, 2020
- Graveside Service Saturday, January 4, 2020
Louis Albert Bross Jr.
December 29, 2019
Louis Bross, son of Louis Bross Sr., Catherine Bross Sr., brother to two sisters, and three brothers. Father of two, Chrissy & Celia. Patriot, veteran. A man of class, dignity and intelligence. For all you have given, for the differences you have made in life to those around you, we pay homage. My father, your friend will be waiting to greet you.