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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 Sarah Babcock

It has been far too long. I have always been a horrible correspondent and I wholeheartedly regret not making the time to catch up with you, especially given the ease of Facebook. Whenever I think of highschool, I think fondly of drama club since it was so instrumental in helping me overcome my shyness. You are in so many of my memories of drama rehearsals/performances. I remember you having incredible talent and such a warm personality.

'I Can See Clearly Now' has long been a favorite of mine for its inspirational lyrics, and your version is truly one of the most beautiful I’ve heard. I will always think of you when I hear that song. As your journey in this lifetime ends, may you go in peace. And, as you go into the sunshine, know that your life, and music, has touched so many.

Love, Sarah Babcock

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