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Plainfield - Alan Rowe Gross, 76, of Plainfield, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, at his home with his family by his side, after a lengthy illness.

He was born May 30, 1935, in Camden, Maine, the son of the late Lloyd O. and Glennys A. (Kalloch) Gross. While living in Poquonnock Bridge in the 50's, and working at Ackley's potato farm, he soon earned the nickname "Cowboy" for his love of horses, and his ability to ride. He was well liked and had many good years of long term friendships. In 1957, he joined the Army and was stationed in Germany for two years near the Black Forest. When he returned, he worked at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics where he retired after thirty-six years.

As a teenager in 1950, his biggest claim to fame was being published in "Ripley's Believe it or Not" for having raised a fledgling crow, and teaching him to talk. As the crow grew, he would fly to greet Alan walking home from school calling Alan's name all the way. Alan loved the outdoors; gardening, chopping wood, feeding the birds and hiking at Bluff Point. He loved boating, fishing, golfing, was best at horseshoes, and was an avid dancer to country music, with a melodic singing voice. His family and friends will miss his wonderful sense of humor and his great gift for telling jokes.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl (Dziadul) Gross. He leaves two daughters from a previous marriage, Shelby Gross of Norwich and Aimee Gross and partner, Duke Marsh, of Keystone Heights, Fla.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his four siblings, Dolores McCarthy of Norwich, Alexis and (Ann) Gross of Rochester, N.Y., Jeanine and (Victor) Lawrence of Waterford, and Anita and (Robert) Nelson of Old Lyme. He is survived by nine stepchildren, Kenneth (Alexa) Dziadul Jr., Melissa (Wayne) Kobe, Kim (Carl) Burr, Cheryl (Ron) Duvall, Mary Dziadul, Anthony (Natasha) Dziadul, Erin Dziadul, Craig (Samantha) Dziadul, and Coreen (Eric) Willis; and sixteen step-grandchildren. Alan is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Alan R. Gross Jr.; his nephews, Edward J. Lawrence, and Allen C. Fernald Jr.

A memorial/funeral service is being planned for the warmer months, for which a Memorial notice will be posted at a later date.
Published in The Day on Apr. 13, 2012
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