David A. Ross, 82, Akron funeral director, man of many occupations | Featured obituaries


Until the late 1960s, Akron’s funeral home included an ambulance service and Mr. Ross was the driver. He also worked in the main street wallpaper and paint store in Akron that his father had bought from Schad.

Additionally, he was the Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy in the 1960s and early 1970s, taking the night shift so he could attend the funeral in the morning.

Mr. Ross took over the funeral home and store operations when his father retired in 1972. After the store closed around 1980, he became a bus driver for Akron Central Schools.

He served as Akron Village Trustee in the 1970s and was a member of the Akron Lions Club, Lancaster Elks Club, and Akron Rotary Club.

A huge Buffalo Bills fan, he enjoyed traveling and spending time on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he moved after his retirement in 2005. He returned to Akron a few years later to help his sons David II and Michael after buying the Hamilton. & Clark Funeral Home in Wilson and what has become the Ross Funeral Home Gaul Chapel in Lockport.

He and former Marsha Dickinson married in 1959 and raised seven children. The victim of a 1988 murder in Vero Beach, Florida, her killer was arrested after the case was featured on the “America’s Most Wanted” television show.

Mr. Ross had remarried to former Sylvia Sutton, who had worked in the wallpaper and paint store. She died in 2014.

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