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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 Kim Howe


I heard the news from JoAnna that you're taking a big step. Man,
you've got balls! (by definition, partly what makes you a man...you
know, in the strictest sense). I've always admired you, and the
strength you're showing now...is off. the. freaking. CHARTS!

I think of you often. You were there for many of my highlights and
happy memories from high school years: Concert and Jazz Choir, DC
trip, Harry Jr. stylings at an Amy Green party (and most other
places), Mr. Big, Happy Birthday crooning to Vicki Buda, My Fair Lady
(the Flow!)...and of course Wayne's World. Magnificoooooo-o-o!

You helped me tap into new levels of creativity, and gave me guidance
and confidence to actually stand up and perform in front of people,
and I thank you for that. It helped me grow up in many ways. Plus,
it was always fun to hang out with someone who was an even bigger
wiseass than I was back then!

I call you the Solo-man, but you know you're never alone. I am lucky
to have had such a wonderful mentor and friend at a time in life when
everyone can sorely use one. You are a beautiful human being Ross,
and I thank you for all of the beautiful music you've made -- in both
the literal sense, and in simply improving this thing we call life. I
am honored to be a member of the Three White Boyz, and look forward to
recording that reunion tour album we always said we were going to make

White Boyz 4 Life!!!

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