In Loving Memory
John B. Ross Sr.
6/4/1933 -12/27/2012

Whitefield- John B. “Jack” Ross, Sr., 79, died December 27, 2012 at his home. He was born in Littleton, June 4, 1933, the son of Harold “Bill” and Isabel (Nute) Ross.

Mr. Ross worked most of his adult life for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation., beginning in 1951 as a member of a survey crew. He was called to military service in 1953.

After serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, he earned a degree in civil engineering at University of New Hampshire before returning to work with the D.O.T.

In 1968 he moved his family to Whitefield and assumed the duties of District Engineer, District One, with headquarters at Lancaster. He held that position until retirement in 1997.

He was a Master Mason, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, The National Rifle Association and several conservative organizations. As a member and past commander of the American Legion, he and his wife operated the Whitfield Legion’s youth baseball program for many years.

He enjoyed his family, his friends, people, his dog Piper, his piece of “God’s green garden” and his John Deere tractor. He also took pleasure in driving folks as a volunteer for the Caleb Interfaith Caregivers.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Barbara (Richardson) Ross in 2006.

Mr. Ross is survived by his companion, Diane Barber of Bradford, VT; three sons Matthew S. Ross of Concord, Mark S. Ross of Mt. Juliet, TN., and John B. Ross, Jr. of Whitefield; a daughter Brenda J. Ross of Lancaster; a brother Ralph D. Ross of Littleton; four sisters, Nancy J. Stearns of Gilmanton, Mary Ann Foley of Gilford, and Terry Dee Atwood of Lincoln; seven grandchildren, a great grandson and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre deceased by a sister Judith Bagley of Alton.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in his memory to Caleb Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, 38 King’s Square, Whitefield, NH 03598

Online Condolences
From: Bob Hogan   Wolfeboro New Hampshire
Relationship:  friend, former colleague

To the John Ross family, It has indeed been my good fortune to be closely associated with John as a classmate, colleague and friend for well over five decades. During that time his honesty, integrity, loyalty and friendship have been and always will be greatly cherished. Many of his colleagues are extremely grateful for his inspiration and the wise counsel they sought and received from him. He will be greatly missed. Please accept my sincere condolences at this difficult time. God bless you all. Bob Hogan Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Sent:  12/30/2012
From: Barbara Lapete   Whitefield N.H.
Relationship:  neighbor and friend

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing, he was a great guy and also a good neighbor and friend. Our sympathy goes out to his family. Gene and Barbara Lapete
Sent:  12/30/2012
From: Phillip Gilbert   Lowgap NC
Relationship:  Brother of John Gilbert Friend of

It saddens me as I see the names of my childhood pass on one by one. Sorry for your loss.
Sent:  12/30/2012
From: Ted and Kathy Barden   Dalton NH
Relationship:  Friend

Our deepest sympthay to all of you. John was a very special friend to us all. He will be dearly missed. Your all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sent:  12/30/2012
From: Willard A. Campbell   Deering NH
Relationship:  DOT co-worker

As a member of the DOT family for 40 years, on several occasions my duties would require my working with John. I always enjoyed time spent with John. Good thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
Sent:  12/30/2012
From: Mike Burlage   Dover NH
Relationship:  Retired Dist 6 Eng

My heartfelt condolences. John was a great example of what leadership and dedication was all about.
Sent:  12/31/2012
From: Caleb Caregivers   Whitefield NH
Relationship:  Co-Volunteers

We are so thankful for all the John has done for our senior clients. He was always willing to help even if it meant rearranging his schedule to make it work. A kind and giving man who will really be missed by many.
Sent:  12/31/2012
From: Bobbie Gaudes   Jefferson NH
Relationship:  Friend

Diane, I was so shocked to hear of John's passing. What an awesome individual John was!!! He was one of the MOST CARING people I have EVER known. He will be missed by many. My heart goes out to you and all of John's loved ones. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers. With Heartfelt Sympathy - Bobbie
Sent:  12/31/2012
From: Center Sanders   Tilton NH
Relationship:  Retired District 4 Engineer NHDOT

Deepest sympathy to the Ross family and John's close friends. John was a strong advocate for the safety of the traveling public, the maintenance crews, and a pleasure to work with. His dedication balanced well with dry humor will be well remembered by those who knew him.
Sent:  12/31/2012
From: Lori Comeau   whitefield NH
Relationship:  Long time friend

To Johns family I send my depest heart felt sympathy to you all.John was an amazing man with much compassion for others.I use to enjoy going to the house when Barbra was alive and sitting in the sun room looking across the beautiful land.John was so sweet and thoughtful to always remember to still send me a christmas card even after barbra passed. Im going to miss chatting with him on facebook and swwing his warm smile all the time.I'm so glad I had the privelage of knowing him and to have had the pleasure of walking his beautiful land with him and piper more than once during the spring and summers.
Sent:  12/31/2012
From: Jim McIntosh  
Relationship:  friend

John served honorably and patiently during the most difficult years of highway construction in the North Country. Under his eye, the interstates and the Notch Parkway were completed. He was always frank and friendly to us in the press.
Sent:  12/31/2012
From: Brian & Rachel Charland   Bethlehem NH
Relationship:  Friend/Co-Worker

John was a great guy who will be missed. He was a mentor to me and was always there for advise. He cared and had tremendous respect for the men who worked for him and their families. We will never forget the lobster feasts at the lake. Mossy lets get together and do it again. Call us if you need anything.
Sent:  12/31/2012
From: Kathy Rexford   Spring Hill Florida
Relationship:  Friend

So very sorry for the loss of such a special man. He will be surely missed. Always enjoyed John's company and his easy ways. Our hearts go out to all of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry and Kathy Rexford
Sent:  12/31/2012
From: Bob Rice    Cookeville TN
Relationship:  Friend of Mark Ross

A great loss - Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Sent:  1/2/2013
From: Diane Barber   Bradford Vermont
Relationship:  special friend

It had been less than 4 years that we were together, but at a time that we needed each other so much. We were happy together and I loved him so much. i didn't get a chance to say goodbye. I won't have him physically, but I will always have him spiritually, I know he is in heaven with the Lord. I will always love you my John.
Sent:  1/2/2013
From: Bill Lambert   Boscawen NH
Relationship:  Current NHDOT traffic engineer

Reluctantly, I did not have the opportunity to work with John before he retired, but his reputation for fair and effective leadership live on at the DOT. My prayers go out to his family and friends knowing that he remains in your hearts.
Sent:  1/2/2013
From: Rick and Kathy Carr   Chichester NH
Relationship:  Friend

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you. Rick and Kathy Carr From Rick: When I was a kid John was always friendly to me and welcomed me into his home. I'll always remember that and I'm glad that I knew him. Thinking of all of you. Rick
Sent:  1/3/2013
From: James and Kristin Carr    Lunenburg Vermont
Relationship:  Friends

A very nice man, I take great pride in taking good care (never as good as he did), of his bobcat excavator. It gave us an opportunity in what is usually a detached business process of purchasing equipment, to spend quality time with a truly "good" soul.
Sent:  1/3/2013
From: Bob and Fran Murray   Whitefield New Hampshire
Relationship:  Friend

It was with great sadness that we received the news of John's passing. We will miss him greatly - as Bob just said - things just won't be the same without him. Our love and prayers are with his family. Bob and Fran
Sent:  1/4/2013
From: Leo & Doris Demers   Melbourne Florida
Relationship:  Friend

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ross family at this time. We always enjoyed John's company and he will be greatly missed.
Sent:  1/5/2013
From: William Joe Willey   Dalton NH
Relationship:  Friend

We are sorry for your loss. His smile always, will be greatly missed. God Bless.
Sent:  1/13/2013
From: Barbara   Dalton NH
Relationship:  My big brother Jack Gilbert's good friend

Mr. Ross You were a decent and good man. You were so right and I was so wrong. I only wish I was smart enough to appreciate your actions years ago.
Sent:  3/11/2015
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