Stephan J. ROSS


ROSS, Stephan J. of Tampa, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Born in Danbury CT, he lived in Tampa since 1956. He graduated from Bexley High School, Ohio State University and Stetson College of Law and was a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army. He spent most of his life loving sailing and was a member of the Davis Island Yacht Club. He was recognized with distinction for his 50 years of membership in the Florida Bar Association, June 2013. During his lifetime, he held the positions of acting Municipal Judge for the City of Tampa, U.S. District Court Mediator, and as president and director for the Bay Area Legal Services. He was involved with the Florida Public Service Commission and the American Arbitration Association. He had received honors and awards for Florida Bar Presidents Pro Bono Service Award for legal services to the poor in 1982, Director of Distinguished Americans second Edition for services to the community, presented by the American Biographical Institute, Who's Who in America. Lawyers third Edition. He was a member of Egypt Temple Shrine, Scottish Rite, York Rite, John Darling Lodge #154 and Phi Alpha Delta. He was preceded in death by both parents and son, "Skip", and survived by his loving wife, Molly; one daughter, Adrianne (William) Nelson of California; two stepsons, Charles (Susie) Shackleford and Bobby (Rachel) Shackleford of Mississippi and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Lynda (Howard) Levy of New York and Minnette Webster of Valrico and several nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will be held at the Davis Island Yacht Club at 4 pm on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the James A. Haley Veterans Association, 1300 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612, Attn: Volunteer Services. Please sign guestbook at:

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 29, 2013