Waterford - Gordon Willard Gross, widower of Violet (Andriola) Gross, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the home of his son.
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He was born in Croydon, N.H., Jan. 24, 1919, son of the late Dana Stevens Gross and Susan (Dunbar) Gross. Gordon was a resident of Waterford, until 2011 and most recently Windsor. He was raised on his family's small farm in Croydon and left there for the U.S. Army in 1941. He served in World War II with the Battery C 11th Coastal Artillery at Fort Wright, N.Y. and the Korean conflict with the 9th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea and received his honorable discharge in 1955 with the rank of 2nd Lt. He was invited to serve as an advisor during the early years of the Vietnam conflict. He was employed at Robertson Paper Box and then Pfizer's until his final retirement at the age of 81. His work ethic was recognized at both places and was passed on to his children.
He was an avid skier. UCONN men's and women's basketball were a passion for him. Our mother would say he was the best husband a woman could have. He did not smoke. He did not drink. He did not womanize. He brought his paycheck home every Friday. But most of all, he was her friend. Their love and marriage lasted 66 years before she passed. He missed her til the day he died and looked forward to being with her again.
He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his children, Gordon D. Gross of Windsor, Linda J. Little of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Alan W. Gross of Watertown; two granddaughters, Kristin Cryder and Erin Cutshaw and her husband, Mark, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Addison, Amelia, and Ansley Cutshaw and Timothy Cryder all of Fernandina Beach. He also leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Rita Gross and Anna Perrone; his nieces and nephews, Betty and Donal Ballou, Richard and Joan Gross, Carol Sue ,Clyde, Katie and Adam Marsh, all of New Hampshire, Joanne and Butch Rand, Tom Perrone and Janis Rousseau of Connecticut, Marcia and Michael Andriola of Georgia, Steven Harms of Pennsylvania ,Vickie and Stefan Constantinedes of California. He also leaves behind great-nephews and great-nieces.
The Gross family would like to thank Christina and Peggy with Hebrew Home Hospice and the Home Companions Andy and Freddie.
There are no calling hours. A Military Service will be graveside at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Broad Street New London.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 or to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on Jan. 31, 2013