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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...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Just Look Up

Thanksgiving 2008

Mom and Ross


  1. This was such a sweet video. I am so sorry to hear of his passing this past weekend. I will never forget him, nor will anyone that had the pleasure of being in his life at one point or another. Your family is in my heart,

    Love Always,
    Trisha (Combs) Pelletier

  2. In high school I had the pleasure of knowing and singing with Ross. He was a amazing enthusiastic singer which made me want to be better and try harder. He was and inspiration to me and many others. I hope that God knows what a special person he has up there and enjoys what he has to offer as well as we did.. Ross Phipps

  3. Ross could not have imagined the message he would send to each of us and all of you with every lift of his chin as this old gospel tune reminded him to "just look up." The music was a Thanksgiving gift to us from Jerri Joy and the video was a Givingthanks gift to us from JoAnna Joy. I know you could hear his sisters laughing through their tears from the other side of the kitchen watching Ross and I hammed it up while the turkey roasted. For so many reasons we are thankful to have this memory but for every mother of sons who reads this, you know what I know--the great joy of dancing with a son--and such a son.