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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I am so sad to hear about this. I was just reading Joanna's comment about him stopping Dialysis and I was actually planning a trip down to visit this coming week. I guess it was just not soon enough. It really makes you think about the times when you put things off. Life really can be too short! So make time for th...ose who are important to you and don't hesitate. I am so upset at myself for missing the chance to see him this past summer, he was in town and I had once again not planned ahead in order to make it to see him.... and now it saddens me so very much that I was so selfish.
I have Ross's CD in my car and I hear him EVERYDAY! I think about him EVERYDAY! He was a special person and always will have a special place in my heart even though I know I didn't let him know enough.... I still think he knew how much I deeply cared for him! To all his family members - you are in my thoughts and prayers!