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In Loving, Musical Memory

W. Ross Clark II went to join God's choir of Heavenly Angels on the evening of Saturday, December 19, 2009. (Actually, we're pretty sure he's leading the choir by now). Ross was born on March 17, 1974 and spent his 35 years making beautiful music and bringing joy to those around him. He also fought a nearly life-long battle with Type 1 diabetes with a strength and grace that serves as an inspiration to all who knew him.

Ross finally decided it was time to move on to a bigger and better life in the spirit. He leaves behind a loving circle of family and friends and a legacy of music that will live on forever. Those who wish to honor Ross' memory can do so by enjoying his music and making music in their own lives. His musical legacy also lives on through Ross's Gift: The W. Ross Clark II Award for Outstanding Musicianship, an annual scholarship awarded to a senior graduating from Oneida High School, Ross's alma mater. Anyone wishing to contribute is encouraged to email joannasero@gmail.com for information.

Ross wanted so much for his family and friends to stay in the fight for the cure and had great hopes for a variety of research initiatives, including stem cell research. He prayed that he would somehow be part of making sure that no other child, no other teenager, no other young adult would experience the "postponed promises/delayed dreams" brought on by the complications of diabetes. If you would like to join in the fight for a cure, please consider making a donation in his name to the American Diabetes Association.

Ross was given the incredible gift of 8 additional years to make music through the miracle of organ donation. Please consider helping to give the gift of life by becoming an organ donor. To find out how to become a donor in your state, visit www.donatelife.net.

Forever at Home in Our Hearts...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

From Craig Belusar


I just wanted to let you know how saddened I am to hear about what you’re going through. I’ve always looked up to the way that you can make people feel, and the impact that you have on the lives of others. We all know about the musical talent that you possess, but to me the most outstanding quality of yours is the magical kind of impact that you have on people. You just seem to know how to make others feel good about themselves and have a good time. We all need a little Ross Clark in our lives to remind us of what is important.

You’ve given me a lot of good memories, from hanging around your house in Oneida as a teenager to sharing an apartment in Nashville in ’95. I’ll always remember the smile that you can put on anybody’s face. God Bless you Ross.

1 comment:

  1. Craig: seeing your note brought back so many happy memories. JoAnna shared your email with us and I can't tell you how the story you told comforted us. I found myself picturing Ross's gestures and the expressions on his face as though I was there in your memory of him. As I read and imagined along I was smiling and I smile again even as I write a mother's thank you for reaching out to Ross and to us. K