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Ronald Gael Ross

Memphis, TN

Ronald "Ron" Gael Ross died on June 14, 2017 after a long and futile battle with a broken heart. A life-long Memphian, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Peg) Dickinson Ross. She was the love of his life and as he always said, "Peg was not only my better half, she is what made me whole."

Ron was born in Memphis on October 30, 1947 to the late Mai Darty Ross and Irish Ross.

Ron was a man of strong character, integrity and deep Christian faith. He enjoyed helping people grow, become their best and encouraged others personally and professionally. His personal mission statement was to live life empathetically with integrity and to be a positive force in the lives of others.

He leaves his devoted sister Bettie Puckett, who selflessly cared for him in recent years. He leaves sisters-in-law Laura Byrd (Charles), Elizabeth Dickinson, brother-in-law Hoppy Dickinson (Courtney), and mother-in-law Betty Dickinson. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews Victoria Snelling (Steven Pollock), Diane Weber (Mark), Terri Enlow (Chris), Thomas Puckett (Charlotte), Timothy Puckett, Patricia Donnell, Cathy Jones, Ann and Louis Dickinson, Margaret Anne, Holloway and Grace Byrd, and Robert and McRae Dickinson.

Ron was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Memphis State University, was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and remained active in his Fraternity most of his life. A dedicated volunteer, he was Delta Zeta Chapter Advisor for many years and later served as President of the Cumberland Region of Pi Kappa Alpha. He was a member of the Delta Zeta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Hall of Fame and was honored by the University's Inter-fraternity Council as the Man of the Year for his work with the Fraternity. He also served on the International Fraternity's professional staff as Executive Director.

From 1983 to 1985 he served as Marketing Director of the Memphis Showboats (USFL).

He was Executive Vice President of Carnival Memphis for many years and was happiest when he and Peg worked together there. He was a member of the Secret Order of Carnival Boll Weevils and the Grand Krewe of Osiris.

Ron also served as Executive Director of the Cooper Young Development Corporation. Most recently, Ron was a leadership and personal development coach. It was his goal to inspire his clients and help them achieve their dreams.

Always involved in community and civic affairs, Ron's board affiliations included: the Junior League of Memphis Community Advisory Board, Chairman of Board of the Memphis Chapter of the March of Dimes, Playhouse on the Square, Liberty Bowl Association, and the Memphis Advertising Federation. He was also active in the Highland Hundred and many other community and charitable organizations.

Ron enjoyed being an emcee for local civic and community fund raising events. Peg and Ron did everything together and were avid golfers, enjoyed serving the community, entertaining friends, traveling, visiting the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Ron's message for his family and friends is that, "each of us make a choice each day to be positive, to care about each person with whom we come in contact, to be a friend, to forgive easily, to take time to care, to build memories every day and to allow God to work through us."

Visitation will be Saturday, June 17 in the Connector of Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar Avenue, at 1 p.m. with the service to follow in the Sanctuary at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Second Presbyterian Church, Madonna Day School, Palmer Home for Children, or .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 16, 2017
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