DEXTER – Allen A. Ross, 77, known to everybody as Al, died peacefully in his sleep at home on March 10, 2013. Al was born June 22, 1935, in Lewiston, the son of Leon & Mary (Corson) Ross.
From the age of seven his uncle and aunt, Clifford and Hilda Corson, raised him. He graduated from Bloomfield Academy, Skowhegan, in 1954; he then attended Farmington Teachers College until 1956 and graduated from the University of Maine Orono in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in school administration. He went on to be an educator in Milo, Winterport and Dexter, retiring in 1995. Al was a man of many talents; he was a police officer, deputy sheriff, bus driver, carpenter, state of Maine court mediator, negotiator, and school board member. Al was an avid hobbyist, which included woodworking, woodturning, gardening and painting. Because Al was a man of a giving nature, he made and donated many of his works to various charities and organizations for fund raising. Al was the first man to take the victims response course for Womancare and at the time he was an active board member. He was a member of Piscataquis Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 44, Milo, a member of Anaheim Temple Shrine, a member of Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Service, a former member of Dexter Kiwanis, and a member of Dexter Christian Community Church. He was the host organizer of Center Pond Quake Society and number one of Robinson’s Three A’s Coffee Club.
Al is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Amelda Gregory “Amy” Ross; his daughter, Lisa and husband, Jeremy Leal, and children Zachary and Mackie; son, Allen and his children, Cameron and Emmitt. Al was predeceased by his daughter, Kathryn and survived by her children, Kristi and Sonja Hall. He is survived by two sisters, Gwen Ash of Cairo, N.Y., and Lavina Ross of Newport; a sister-in-law and husband, Gloria and Ron Bridges of Enfield, Conn. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and so many special friends. Special thanks to his many care givers and Community Health and Counseling Services’ Hospice.
There will be visiting hours 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Masonic Hall, Dover Road, Dexter. There will be a memorial service and celebration of life to be announced at a later date. Donations may be made in Al’s memory to Womancare, 8 Mechanic St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or Sarah’s House, EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402, or a charity of choice. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com