"You need to go see Jack Ross" I was told. It was 1966. I was 14 years old. I had built a ham radio receiver and I needed help to tune it up correctly. There were not very many ham operators in west Orange county back then. After I called Jack on the phone, I made a 3 mile bicycle trip to Oakland and met him for the first time. Jack patiently helped me to get my project working correctly and thus began a friendship that continued for decades. After he moved to Windermere, I would talk to Jack by ham radio on my way home from work at Disney in the 70's. He would invite me to stop by at his radio shack for a visit which I did many times over the years. When I talked to Jack on the radio, I would say "Hi Jack - don't say that in an airport!". It always got a laugh out of him. That's the way I remember him - laughing. Jack was an "Elmer" to me which is a special name for a mentor in ham radio. I am sure I was not the only one he mentored. I will fondly remember him always.
Remembering--- I remember the first time I met Jack. I was very young then ; he was working for South Lake Apopka and came into a family grove near Oakland.
Later years he loaned me his telescope and I saw the planet Saturan and it's rings for the first time.
He was always generous with people.
I have fond memories of Jack who spent hours talking to me on ham radio (2 meters) while I commuted from Winter Park to UF in Gainesville. He was genuinely interested in my degree and career plans.
Dave Senko N4CMP (son of Bob & Helen Pease)
Jack was a great Ham radio operator and friend. He would have been a great engineer and was a great grower. He will be missed. Regards to the family from W4YRL.
Jack will be missed by many of his Ham friends. He was always ready to help anyone that heeded his help. We all enjoyed his 2 meter reperter and have many happy contacts on it. What a pleasure to have know Jack. My condolences to his family.
Dick Brundage WA4OFX
We will always remember Mr. Jack Ross for the generous and kind support he offered our kids when they were younger and learning about citrus. I'll never forget the wonderful day we spent touring his groves and hearing about the history of the land and business. Our whole family sends our deepest sympathies to you all.
So sorry to hear of your loss...we were out of town and not able to attend his memorial. Jack was an amazing man and much loved by many. We have such fond memories of Jack...............Dorene & Joe McClellan
Your dad was a wonderful person. Please give my regards and condolences to Mrs. Ross
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.
Jack was a wonderful neighbor and I was priveledged to know him. I often brought my dog, "Brie" with me as he enjoyed her company and her tricks! I loved hearing stories about Orlando and the Citrus Industry. He will be deeply missed.
Jack was my special friend for more than 60 years. I will miss him so much.
Mr. Ross was a wonderful man and a friend to all. Condolences to his family and closest friends. He will never be forgotten. Orange County's loss is surely Heaven's gain. But his footprints in Florida citrus groves will remain forever.
Brenda, Jim and Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your online tribute was beautiful and allowed us to better know your father. We are praying that you find comfort and know that Easter offers hope to those who grieve.
We have lost another angel. Your dad was so much apart of our lives. He will be missed. It seems a whole generation are now rejoicing in heaven my dad and mom. Mr. Roper and many others that we grew up with. It's hard to let go but we rejoice in knowing we will see them again.
Jack was always a good friend. We will miss him greaty.
Gene M. Cline
Hewlett-Packard , retired
I love theses pictures you shared. I see so many familiar faces and places. I will always remember your dad for his kindness and quiet sense of humor. He was a good friend to my family and all of West Orange county. He will be missed.
Jim and Family, I was so sad to read in the paper the loss of your father. The tribute online was wonderful to see all the pictures. God Bless you all. It was good to see you again. Karen and Russell Matthew Stokes
Dear Brenda & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Each life is a miracle that changes the world, and leaves it a better place than before. May you know that your dad did exactly that. His spirit will live forever in your memories and in your heart. May you be comforted by the love that surrounds you; and, may faith in our Lord's great promise bring you peace and comfort now, and throughout the days to come.
Love you lots, Kathee
What a wonderful tribute to your dad in words and pictures! There is no doubt that he loved his family and was such a blessing to his friends, community and to the world we all share. Cherish his memory and celebrate a life well lived. Know that we are thinking of you during these difficult days and praying that you will experience the comfort and peace of God in your grief and suffering. We love you guys! Jim and Patti Sprayberry
It takes a special man to be a dad.
Thank you for being that special man.
Thank you for showing me how to live graciously
and greet death with dignity and peace.
All the stars in the heavens shine brighter with you there!
I love you and miss you!