Robert “Bob” Ross

April 18th, 2019

Robert James Ross, “Bob”, age 87, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2019.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Ann Ross (Stewart) “Betty”, loving father of the late Patricia D. Pennington of Sandwich, MA, David S. Ross of Wilmington, MA, Karen E. O’Reilly and her husband Gerald F. O’Reilly of Salisbury, MA. Bob was the proud Grandpa to Jessica Pennington, Alex O’Reilly and Gerald O’Reilly Jr. Treasured Great Grandpa to Hudson Leyland Brown who lovingly referred to Bob as G.G.

Bob grew up an only child to the late David and Beatrice Ross in Valley Stream, NY on Long Island. After high school, Bob, was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina. Following his time in the service, he pursued an Engineering Degree at Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute in New York. Bob was hired by Avco Corporation as an Engineer with their Missile Systems Division where he remained for over 30 years until he retired as a Senior Engineer.

Family and friends will gather for his Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert “Bob” Ross”

  1. Mary-Alice Cavens says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I truly understand the great pain you are feeling. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time

  2. Abby & Don Hills says:

    Jessica, Karen and family, sending our deepest sympathies prayers and healing on the loss of Grandpa and Dad. Oxoxo

  3. Pat Brennan says:

    Karen & family. I am so sorry to hear if your loss. My prayers go out to you all

  4. Karin Joy Passmore says:

    Dear Karen and David, I am so sorry for your loss following so closely on the heels of the loss of Patti… Your dad is an icon of my childhood, as is your mom! They were role models to me. My dad also worked at Avco back in those days. Oh those days in Wilmington! Our childhoods were blessed by such stable and great families. Love and prayers to you both, and hugs to all. Auntie Joy Passmore (wink).

  5. Mary and Jim Downs says:

    Karen & Family so sorry to hear of your loss, your in thoughts and prayers

  6. Mary Moran says:

    Dear Karen, So sorry for your loss. Hope happy memories are comforting at this time. I still miss my Dad, My prayers are with you and your family. Mary Moran

  7. Cindy Barcellos and Barbara White says:

    Karen and family
    So sad to hear about your dad. Mom is truly sad that the two of them were not able to get together to share memories. Your mom and dad have a special place in our hearts. Now my dad and yours can swap college and AVCO stories together.
    Our deepest sympathy
    Cindy,Mike and Barbara

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