In Memory of




Obituary for Stephen Adams Ross

Stephen Adams Ross, 72, of Douglas, MA, died unexpectedly on February 3, 2024 following a brief illness.

Born on March 25,1951, Steve was raised in Newton, MA and although one of six, he was one of a kind. He was quiet, down to earth, and steadfastly committed to those who knew him best. He remembered details of growing up long lost by his siblings, including details about cars, boats, the house, his relatives, and family gatherings. Steve had a subtle sense of humor that often surfaced when you least expected it. His spontaneous wry quips revealed the essence and the hilarity of even the most mundane situation. He loved a good “bad joke” or a clever comeback.

Steve is survived by his siblings Don Ross, Jr. and his wife Susan of Plymouth, MA, Priscilla Ross of Chelmsford, MA, Gary Ross and his wife Maureen of Pelham NH, Stuart Ross and his wife Lauren of Hampstead, NC, and Martha Ross Tobias and her husband Dave of Rhinebeck, NY. He will also be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews Andrew Ross of Westport, CT, Hannah Tobias of Brooklyn, NY, Don Ross III of Salisbury, MD, Julia Ross of Takoma Park, MD and Sarah Tobias of Brooklyn, NY. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Don H. Ross, Sr. and Carolynn G. Ross, his sister-in-law Sandra Chumack Ross and his nephew Phillip Ross.

Steve graduated from Newton South High School and earned his BA in History at the College of Wooster in Ohio. He later pursued advanced studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH specializing in Production and Inventory Management and A/C Technology. Throughout his 40-year career, Steve worked as a Materials and Operations Manager for manufacturing companies in Massachusetts and Florida. While in Florida he owned and operated Broadway Brass, a metal refinishing and restoration business for several years. Upon returning to Massachusetts, Steve worked for Heat-Flo, Inc. in Uxbridge.

In his leisure time, Steve enjoyed golfing, fishing, attending car shows, and watching every type of spectator sport. On vacation, he enjoyed navigating the waters of Duxbury Bay and simply gazing out at them from the bench on the hill. He took special pride in maintaining his beautiful home and grounds in Douglas.

Steve, his quiet style, subtle humor and good nature will always be remembered and forever missed.

Graveside services at Newton Cemetery will be private. A memorial gathering for friends and family is being planned for a future date.