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Jack Hugh Ross
August 21, 1928 – March 23, 2013

Jack Ross, of Windermere, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 23,
2013, at the age of 84. He was a devoted husband, loving father and
grandfather. Jack was a fifth generation West Orange County resident and great, great
grandson of Judge James G. Speer, Oakland's founder who was responsible
for naming Orlando. Jack, like his famed ancestor, has been a lifelong
dedicated citizen of West Orange County. He grew up in the Oakland Presbyterian Church where he offered his servant
leadership as an Elder. Before graduating from Lakeview High School in
1946, he participated in the National Beta Club and on the football and
baseball teams. Jack graduated from the University of Florida with a BS
degree in Agriculture and came back to the area to run the family citrus
business. As an adult he has served as president of the Orange County Farm Bureau
and on the boards of the Florida Citrus Mutual, South Lake Apopka Citrus
Growers Association, Growers Advisory Committee, and the Orange County
Planning and Zoning Committee. In 2010 he was recognized as a Winter
Garden Heritage Foundation History Maker. Jack was an avid supporter of the West Orange YMCA, Oakland Nature
Preserve, Boy Scouts, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and Oakland
Presbyterian Church. Jack's knowledge of people, places and events of West
Orange County has been invaluable in several history projects including the
writing of Sundays in the South. Jack was a passionate ham radio operator having earned his license K4NTD.
He was a life member of the American Radio Relay League and enjoyed
going to hamfests with other Amateur Radio enthusiasts. Jack worked two
meters regularly from his own repeater housed at his barn. Jack may now be
a silent key but he will be remembered as a kind friend to all. Jack was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Catherine Ross. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Pease Ross; daughter, Brenda
(Stan) Smith and son, Jim (Jennifer) Ross; grandchildren, Ross, Will, Sara,
Alli, Delanie, Ansley and Brayden. Donations may be made in Jack's memory to the Oakland Presbyterian
Church ( and to the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation
Building Campaign (
Services will be held at Oakland Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 25
at 2 pm. For more information and to sign the guestbook,
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Mar. 24, 2013
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