Anthony Jeremiah (Tony) Ross, 66

A nthony Jeremiah (Tony) Ross, 66, of Fourth Avenue grew his wings and flew with Angels to heaven on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his loving family following an extended illness.

Born on Sept. 27, 1944, he was the oldest child to Jerry (Jumbo) Ross and Gertrude (Benson) Ross.

Tony married the love of his wife, Barbara Streeter, on Nov. 27, 1965, just celebrating their 45th anniversary.

He worked at Portland Cement Co., E. B. Metals and Manchester Wood, retiring in December 2009.

He was a cherished husband, dad, father and great-grandfather.  He was always a kind spirit with a beautiful smile.  He was an avid New York Giants fan and golfer, scoring a hole-in-one at Skene Valley Country Club.

Tony is predeceased by his father, Jerry (Jumbo) Ross, brother Jerry Ross, father- and mother-in- law, Carroll and Edna Streeter and great granddaughter, Nevaeh Star Ruby DeGroff, Aunt Dorothy Dowd and Uncle Leonard Benson.

Survivors include his mother, Gertrude (Benson) Ross; sister Donna Craft of Glens Falls; his loving wife of 45 years, Barbara M. Ross; daughters, Jill DeGroff and her husband, Charlie, Stacey Ross and fiancé, William (Bill) Jones, of Whitehall and Amy Ross of Albany; grandchildren, Elissa DeGroff and her fiancé, Stephen Rozell, Savannah Ross and fiancé, Christopher Arquette, Charles DeGroff and fiancé, Hannah Fuller, Elekse DeGroff and Anthony Jones of Whitehall, Nicholas Mobilio  and companion, Brianna Therrien, of Poultney, Vt., Hunter Mahar and Janessa Whiting of Hudson Falls; great grandchildren, Landon and Layden Rozell, Bella DeGroff of Whitehall and Bentley Mahar; nieces and nephews, Jody Pratt and her husband, Aaron, Tammy Green, Jerry Ross, Christopher Ross, Ryan Ross, Anthony Ross, Dominic Ross; sister and brothers-in-law, Sharon Marcantonio, Ray Streeter, Bud Streeter, Dick Streeter, Gary Streeter, Margaret (Peggy) Ross; best friend, P. J. O’Brien; special friend and caregiver “his buddy”  Cathy Hurley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall, with the Rev. Michael Flannery, pastor, officiating.

Family and friends may call at the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall, on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Pall bearers will be Charlie DeGroff (honorary), Charles DeGroff, Stephen Rozell, Christopher Arquette, Nicholas Mobilio, Hunter Mahar, William Jones, Patrick ( P. J.) O’Brien and Aaron Pratt.

The family would like to give a special thanks to P.V.I. Day Program, which he loved attending, his driver “Danielle or as he called her his pretty little girl” and his favorite visiting therapist, Adam Willis and Dr. Gallani of C.R. Wood Cancer Center.

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