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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, March 24, 2010

Ross In Harmony

Ross's memory is being honored in so many ways, including through the amazing artistic gifts of his great friend Andy.

Here is a painting of Ross playing his Takemine:

The painting hanging in its place of honor at his sister JoAnna's home, between Ross's Takemine acoustic and Les Paul electric guitars.

Here is a charcoal rendering of Ross and his mom.

The artist at work:

Thank you, Andy, for the gift of your friendship in Ross's life, and for the beautiful gifts of art you bestowed upon us last weekend.

Ross's Life and Music - The End of the Show

Part 3 of the Slideshow featuring Feeding Dreams, Blue Sky, and Moon Goddess Mary


More of Ross's Life and Music

Part 2 of the Memorial Slideshow - featuring Nobody Better and Reach.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Life and Music of W. Ross Clark II

Slide show from Ross's Memorial Concert -
Part 1: Home in Our Hearts, Just As The Earth, and Punching Bag


Friday, March 12, 2010

W. Ross Clark, II - The Oneida Daily Dispatch Obituaries: Serving Oneida, NY and Madison County (OneidaDispatch.com

W. Ross Clark, II - The Oneida Daily Dispatch Obituaries: Serving Oneida, NY and Madison County (OneidaDispatch.com

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From Steve Mercier

Hey Myrtle, going to miss you. You touched my life in so many ways. I will never forget you and your family on Hamilton Ave and that summer of delivering papers, and listening to you play guitar "Summer of 69" over and over and over. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Good luck with your next journey.