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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...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

from Vicki Buda

Dear Ross,
I remember falling head over heals for you as a little tenage girl. Singing and writing music together at my house on Washington Avenue (how many nights did you spend the night and you only lived a few houses down!). My mother loved you like her own son. I remember singing together in vocal jazz (Iwanted to kiss mr welcher for pairing us together!)and I remember playing together in the snow. I also loved how you would just reappear in my life. Like when we saw each other at the Grand Old Opry. I remember you telling me that you thought we might get married one day..ha, ha...I bet you said that to all the girls. It saddens me that you are sick but I am glad to have this chance to say good bye. You and your music will live on in the hearts of all the heart's that you have touched- which includes mine! Peace be with you. By the way, I sing Moon Goddess Mary almost everyday to Sally's girls. It is the best lullaby. Thank you for the time we have shared. Thank you for your beautiful music. You have touched my life. Good night, my friend. Sleep tight.
With love,
Vicki Buda

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