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November 19, 2013
To the entire Ross family my condolences in the loss of Ben. Last Friday night was very difficult for me because I had to be out of town and couldn't attend the service. I know Mike explained that but I would have loved to see the rest of the family. The tributes on this page help tell what people thought of Ben. He was a true icon and so respected by so many whether they were ex ballplayers, students , parents or just people that knew him.I was a very young teacher when I went to the Mills and fell under Ben's wing he was an inspiration a mentor and a true friend. I owe so much to him for getting me started in my coaching career and for always being so supportive. We spent many years together and I am happy to say we became close friends. I was able to see him a number of times recently. It was fun remembering the past and the things we had done. He made me laugh when he told me I understood him because we were the same age. I will always remember the way he touched my life.
November 18, 2013
Our love and prayers to Ann and the entire Ross family. What beautiful tributes to a man who left big shoes to fill. God Bless
November 15, 2013
My condolences to the Ross family. Ben instilled in all of us the true ethics of hard work no matter who our competition was. There was nobody in his mind that we couldn't beat, and he got the best out of us. Till this day I think of him. God bless you Coach. Jerry Spaziani, class of 1967.
November 15, 2013
Ben was an inspirational coach that I admired, loved and feared at times. He was gifted at elevating the performance of atheletes that he coached. He taught us to work hard and sacrifice to meet our goals. I remember vomiting after completing a 440 race and Coach Ross remarking, "Nice work Curtis; that means you left it all on the track." Ben played pick-up hoops with my father, Bob Curtis. Dad thought the world of Ben, as well. They both valued integrity and honor. They saw the world in black and white; not shades of gray. Ben will be missed. He was one-of-a-kind. My condolences to the family. I'm sure that you'll be hearing many "Ben stories" from those whose lives he so postively touched.
November 15, 2013
My condolences to the Ross family on Coach Ross's recent passing. My memory of Coach goes back to fourth grade at the old N.Y. Mills School on Main Street; he would have us lining up backs against the wall before going down the stairs to the gym. Having him through my senior year I saw a man, who enjoyed his job working with kids, was a tactician, expected 100 percent and more out of you, was respected by all and if it wasn't broken it did not need to be fixed, if the opponents could not stop a 44 dive you continued to run it. It was this that made me follow Coach into the Educational field becoming a Physical Education teacher, Coach, and Athletic Director. There were many times either during practice or in a game I would ask myself, what would Coach do now. I have many fond memories of Coach of what he said and did that I will cherish. Rest in peace Coach.
November 15, 2013
Ann we are very sorry to hear about your father. If we can help in some way please let us know. We will be praying for your family.
November 14, 2013
My deepest sympathy to The Ross Family.
Mr.Ross was a NY Mills legend. To teach is to touch a life forever and that he did!
November 14, 2013
As his student, I will always be grateful for his guidance, love, and compassion.

- Don Tracy
November 14, 2013
My thoughts and prayers for the family. Stacy RN OHC
November 14, 2013
My sincere condolences to the Ross family. Mr. Ross was my gym teacher all through the '50s. I can still picture his office under the stairs at the Main St. school. Years later I paid him a visit, in uniform, at his new "gym" on Burrstone Rd. He treated me like a returning war hero. I gave him my utmost respect. He NEVER missed a lay-up! RIP Mr. Ross.
November 14, 2013
My condolences to the Ross family and community of New York Mills. Coach Ross influenced the life and values of all he came in contact with. I remember riding my bike to watch the team's summer 2 a day practices in the 60's. I also remember when coach ate at my parent's restaurant on Burrstone Road and my father gave the coach the green light to discipline me, like he needed one. Being a retired Navy Veteran I feel Coach's passing on Veteran's day for a WWII Marine is of great significance. Rest in peace Coach Ben Ross.
November 13, 2013
Ben served in the Marines,honorably, as part of A Company, 5th Engineer Bn. 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima. We were in the same unit. AS you rejoin our comrades, who have gone before us, I, too, will not be far behind. Semper Fidelis! Dear Comrade.
November 13, 2013
So sorry for your loss Mike and family
November 13, 2013
I was fortunate to meet Mr. Ross many years ago. My dad, Stan Wilski (Wilczynski) coached football at NY Mills with Ben, and even though I was very young at the time, I have many memories of what a terrific man he was. My dad passed away in 1961 and I will never forget that on the first Christmas after his passing, Mr. Ross and some of the teachers from the high school brought over gifts for me and my sisters. It was an honor to meet Ben and I'm grateful for the kindness and compassion that he showed me and my family during a tough time, and for the friendship he shared with my father. My condolences to his family - he was a great man.
November 13, 2013
Sorry for your loss. Mr. Ross was a great guy. He helped me out once when I was in High School. I never forgot it. RIP Ben.
November 13, 2013
RIP Mr. Ross! Thank you for your dedication to the students and athletes of NYM!
November 13, 2013
Sorry to hear of Mr. Ross's passing. He was a NY Mills legend and an inspiration to many. He will be missed. RIP Ben.
November 13, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the Ross family. I was blessed to have had Ben, as a coach, teacher, inspiration and finally a friend. He taught and demanded excellence, effort, teamwork and pride which not only lead to winning but also contributed to my successes throughout life. Thankfully, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit with him a couple of months ago. May he rest in peace
November 13, 2013
Coach Ross was a hero, mentor and second father to many of us Athletes at New York Mills.
He taught us respect, discipline and the importance of following rules. If you played by his rules you earned his respect in return.
I will always remember his words of encouragement:
"Quit now you'll quit in the 4th Quarter."
"You got to want it!"
"Take that part of your brain out and you won't feel pain."
He was truly respected and admired in the "Mills". I owe much of my success to the interest he took in me and for that I will forever be grateful.
The community will miss him.
My condolences to the Ross family.
November 13, 2013
My condolences to the Ross family. Mr. Ross, or "Coach" as he was so well remembered by many, was quite an inspiration to many of the N.Y. Mills students throughout the years of his time in the school system. He was
unique in his ability to provide guidance and direction to those who needed it. He ran a tight ship and I believe many individuals were influenced by his direction. His sports program while I was a student there was outstanding. May he RIP.
November 13, 2013
So sorry to hear of Ben's passing. He was an inspiration to me and so many at New York Mills High School. R.I.P. Ben..
November 13, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss Mike and Mark. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
November 13, 2013
Coach Ross was a hero, mentor and second father to many of us athletes at New York Mills.
I can still hear him barking his famous lines:
"Quit now you'll quit in the 4th Quarter."
"You got to want it."
"Take that part of your brain out and you won't feel pain."

He was a true inspiration to me and owe I owe much of my success to the life lessons he taught.
The Ross family should know we in the "Mills" respected and loved him. He will be truly missed.
November 13, 2013
I remember the day he first drove up the driveway at NYMHS to start football practice. He became like a father to me when it really mattered. He will always be remebered for his caring, albeit Marine tough. May God bless his soul.
November 13, 2013
Thinking of Grandpa Ross on Veteran's Day. A true Marine to the end. Semper fi.
Love,
Dominic
November 12, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ross families. Who can ever forget those Basset Hounds that had the run of Vernon Center. And the Fun I had with Eve and Sherry when we were kids.
God Bless Mr. & Mrs. Ross and Eve.
Love to you ALL..
November 12, 2013
We will always love you. Sisters, Bess and Babe and brother Pug.
November 11, 2013
Great picture of uncle Ben!!! We will miss his stories, great humor and laugh!!!!! Sorry i am so far away i would love to be there. With all that has occurred this year i am sure there is a big party going on "up there" and all of them are laughing and fighting to up each other daily. They are all at peace now.
Brett
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