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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...

Monday, December 21, 2009

From Kristy Arthur Keelser

Dear Ross,

I am so very sad to hear that you are considering leaving us. It is my hope that you change your mind, but if you don't I will always look forward to seeing you in heaven. I take comfort in knowing that that is exactly were you will go. It has been a very long time, but I am sure that I am not alone in feeling that you are just one of those people that you couldn't possibly forget. I remember (and always will remember) our adventures at Houghton fondly. You were always a laugh a minute, with the most contagious smile in the world. You were the life of the party and had a way of bringing out the best in all of us - I am sure that this is still true. I have spoken to Jon McCarthy on a few occasions and he has shared stories with me about the kind of man that you grew up to be - and how you have struggled with your disease. I am proud of you for the person that I grew to know and love when I was young and the person that I am told you have become and been to others through your life along the way. I have been enjoying listening to your music on ROSSONGS. Wow Ross, what a talent! Haha and I knew you when :)

You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Now there is in store for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award you on that day - and not only to you, but to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4 7-8

Sending love and prayers to you my friend. I will see you on the streets of Gold.
Kristy Arthur Keesler

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