ROSS, Claiborne Carl Jr. "Shad", 80, of Safety Harbor, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 12, 2013. Shad was born in Durham, NC, and moved to the Safety Harbor area in 1983. He was a regional and international sales manager for Johnson & Johnson for 28 years. During his time with Johnson & Johnson, he earned several awards and achievements and always reached top ten in sales. He was a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Army and was chosen as soldier of the year. He was a longtime parishioner of Heritage United Methodist Church in Clearwater. Shad is survived by his loving wife of 59 ½ years, Grace W. Ross; his children, Debra Ann Ross Geen, James Carl Ross, Margaret (Peggy) Ellen Ross Brennan, and John W. Ross; his grandchildren, Colleen, Jonathan, Katie, Billy, Jenny, Rachel, Nicole, and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Blake Ross, Destiny, Alexander, and Adam. A visitation will be held on Friday, June 14th, 4-7 pm, at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 pm, on Saturday, June 15th, at Heritage United Methodist Church in Clearwater, and will conclude with interment in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 14, 2013