Ross Philip Commodore of Glenn Dale, MD passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the age of 52. It was Father’s Day. A native New Yorker, Ross was born in Manhattan to parents Richard and Mercedes on September 19,1967. He was the elder brother of James, Richard, and Christopher all of whom he was very protective.
As a child Ross was affectionately known as “Rossie” by his family but he referred to himself as “Ross the Boss”. He called himself this because he was constantly keeping his brothers and cousins in line. You didn’t even have to be guilty of any crime to be corrected by Ross. If he thought you might be up to something, he would advise you of our “family way” that must be observed. He was the shepherd to his brothers, cousins and close friends. He even went as far as to purchase a brass plate for his bedroom door that read “Ross the Boss”.
The family moved to Hempstead in 1972. In Hempstead, Ross made many lifelong friendships that he maintained throughout his life. Many of these bonds were formed by shared interests in fishing, sports, and music. As a child he would fall asleep listening to WBLS radio. He shared a room with his younger brother James, who liked to sleep in peace and quiet. For that reason, they argued every night about the radio‘s volume.
As a boy he became an avid reader – a practice he continued throughout his life. His favorite book was “The Art of War”, which he often quoted. His favorite movie was “Top Gun”.
Ross attended Ludlum Elementary School in Hempstead where his boy scouting career began. As a Scout, his curiosity about nature, science and how things worked was nurtured. These interests helped focus his desire to become an engineer.
Like many boys, Ross loved fast cars – probably the result of his years participating in the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby.
It was during these formative years that Ross also became an avid fisherman, a hobby he shared with his brothers, sons, and his friends throughout his life.
Throughout his school career Ross excelled in academics and in sports. He played in several recreational leagues where he made many friends. He narrowed his interest in school team sports to Lacrosse, which he played throughout high school. Ross also had interests beyond sports. He played the clarinet and he painted. Ross got a lot out of life.
Move to Dix Hills, NY:
Ross graduated with honors from Half Hollow Hills East High School in Dix Hills New York in 1985 and continued his education at Stony Brook University where he achieved his childhood goal and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1992.
Move to Maryland:
After college, Ross began his professional career in the Engineering Department of New York’s Long Island Rail Road. He later moved to Prince Georges County Maryland where he remained for the rest of his adult life. There he made a career transition and began his 27 year career in mortgage banking.
In Maryland, he met the love of his life, Tarra Johnson who he married in Negril, Jamaica in 1996. Their union produced the joy of his life – two sons, Grant and Pierce.
Unfortunately, following a battle with breast cancer, Tarra passed away in 2009. For the next 11 years, Ross continued as a loving and devoted father. Ross supported their education and development in soccer and basketball. He was an excellent father and took the role very seriously. He was admired by his family and was awarded the family honor, “Father of the Year” in September of 2015.
Ross was a generous and kind human being, a loving and supportive son, a loyal friend to all who knew him and a devoted father until his untimely death. He will be affectionately missed by many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Ross was an amazing human being — he added much to the lives of those who loved him and of those who befriended him.
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