Charles Lawrence "Charley" Ross
FUNERAL HOME
Saul Colonial Home
3795 Nottingham Way
Hamilton Square, NJ
Charles “Charley” Lawrence Ross, 82 of Hamilton, New Jersey, passed away on June 12, 2021, at St. Joseph’s at Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Surrounded by family, Charley passed on into the caring hands of the Lord, after a life dedicated to service of his community. Born in Easton, Pennsylvania - where later in life he would earn a Key to the City - Charley attended Easton High School and then Lafayette College where he would go on to earn All American honors playing basketball, became the 13th leading scorer in the nation and top scorer in the M.A.C. during his senior year, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology. Afterwards, he earned a Master’s Degree from Trenton State College (TCNJ). After a successful college career Charley went on to play professionally for the Eastern Basketball League and received offers to play for the New York Knickerbockers and St. Louis (Atlanta) Hawks of the NBA. His basketball career brought him and his family to Trenton, New Jersey in 1961 when the Easton-Phillipsburg Madisons moved to Trenton and became the Trenton Colonials. Charley would become the second leading scorer in the EBA and lead his team to the Semi-Finals that year. He described playing for Trenton in front of passionate fans as “It was like playing in the Roman Coliseum.” A fitting analogy for the son of a proud Italian-American Immigrant. Towards the end of his professional playing career, Charley went on to become an educator at Hamilton High School West, where he affectionately earned the nicknames “Coach” and “Boss Ross”. Charley’s professional basketball career did not end with his playing days as he went on to coach High school (Hamilton High West), Prep (Princeton Day School), College (Mercer County Community College) and Professionally (Trenton Flames) winning multiple titles at all levels. Charley’s success did not stop at basketball, as he also coached several other sports including soccer, softball (NJ Group 3 State Champions in 1999) and baseball, with an impressive cumulative coaching record of 0.679 with over 1,000 wins to his name. Most important to him, Charley spent 48 years at Hamilton High West as a teacher and guidance counselor, impacting over four generations of Hamilton’s youth before his retirement in 2010. In addition to his time in education and coaching, Charley managed the Yardville Swim Club in Yardville, New Jersey for over 45 years prior to its closing in 2011. Son of the late Charles Ross, Sr. and Rhoda Mae (Hammerman) Ross. Predeceased by his sister, Carol Beahm; sister-in-law, Patricia Toscano; and brother-in-law, James R. Bradbury III; Charley leaves behind the love of his life for over 40 years, Susan Bradbury of Hamilton, NJ; daughters, Shelly Ross of Hamilton, NJ, Melissa Keintz (fiancé, Steve Savino) of Keyport, NJ, and Stacey Ross (fiancé. Dave DeCamp) of Hamilton, NJ; grandchildren, Darrah Lynn Keintz of Hamilton, NJ, and Mark Charles Ross (partner, Megan Ross) of Seattle, WA; great-grandchild, Graysen Shea Ross of Seattle, WA; step grandchildren, Steven Savino, Isabella Savino, and Victoria Foppiano (Jonathan) all of NJ; cousin, Michael Chilot (Rose) of Easton, PA; brother-in-law, Bob Wert; nephews, Robert Wert (Lucy), Chuck Wert (Kristi), Jason Wert (Tami), and Greg Wert (Tasha) all of PA; sister-in-law, Joanne Armitage (John) of Fieldsboro, NJ; brother-in-law, John Bradbury (Tracey) of Chesterfield, NJ; brother-in-law, Ted Toscano of Bedford, NH; sister-in-law, Ronnie Bradbury of Bordentown, NJ; niece, Jennifer Costner (Mark) of Manahawkin, NJ; and nephew, Lee Bradbury (Whitney) of Yardville, NJ. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Mary Anne Baker and her husband, Joseph Baker, of Hamilton, NJ and special family members, Jacqueline Zimmerman, Jamie Raby, Diane Williams (Dennis), Brent Williams (Christine), Amanda Bennett (John), Joseph Baker (Enyu), and Pat Baker. He will also be dearly missed by several great-nieces/nephews; dear lifelong friends too numerous to mention; and his loyal canine companion, Cooper. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, June 20, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Monday, June 21, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony’s Parish, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3816 East State Street Extension, Hamilton, NJ 08619. Interment will immediately follow at Greenwood Cemetery, 1800 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08619. Masks are optional for the visitation and funeral services of Charley. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Charley’s memory to Recovery Advocates of America, 2117 Highway 33, Suite 1, Hamilton, NJ 08690 or by visiting www.recoveryadvocates.org. www.saulfuneralhomes.com
Published by The Trentonian from Jun. 14 to Jun. 17, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jun
20
Visitation
1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Saul Colonial Home
3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ
Jun
20
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Saul Colonial Home
3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ
Jun
21
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.
Saul Colonial Home
3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ
Jun
21
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00a.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony's Parish, Our Lady of Sorrows Church
3816 East State Street Extension, Hamilton, NJ
Jun
21
Interment
Greenwood Cemetery
1800 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton, NJ
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The Ross Family: So sorry to hear of the passing of Charles. We met him when he worked at The Yardville Pool Club. He was always so much fun! He will be deeply missed. Love John, Carole, Christa and Larissa Strycharz and The Warney Family.
Catole Strycharz
Friend
June 22, 2021
My wonderful Brother-in-law was a rock of strength . So many ways he touched many lives. Will always be in our hearts. Love You my Charley
Jacqueline zimmerman
Family
June 20, 2021
Shelly, Melissa,Stacy & family - I was so saddened to see that Charley had passed. So many childhood memories of our parents together (and laughing!) through many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Thinking of you all ....
Jeanine McKeever Verdel
Friend
June 20, 2021
Chaz, it was an honor to know and be around you. You gave others and myself many good memories that will be shared for years.
Jim Hudik
Friend
June 20, 2021
Coach you was a true blessing to me has a player and student at Hamilton High School West. Thank for all the things that you taught about the game we truly loved. RIP
Daniel Tyler
Student
June 18, 2021
Rest in peace my friend. You were my first boss ever when I was a life guard. You will never be forgotten.Wishing Sincerest Condolences to your family!
Paul F Gmitter
Friend
June 17, 2021
Charley was one of the best coaches I ever had. I’ll never forget one day, I was preparing fir a soccer game and my sock ripped. I couldn’t hold my shin guards on properly. This amazing man, without even hesitating, took his shoes off and have me his pair of socks right off his own feet to play in. He then stayed and coached the game sock-less. We won that day, and I scored the winning goal.
Charley- you were an inspiration to not only me, but I’m sure hundreds of not thousands of people. You have true passion and care for teaching people to succeed.
Though I’m no longer residing in the area, I will be there in spirit and I wish peace, love snd healing to you and your family. You are and will always be a true inspiration and I will never forget the positive impact you made in my life ❤
Forever Grateful,
-Ryan Sypniewski
HHW Class ‘99
Ryan
Student
June 16, 2021
Charley was always my to go guy at West .. Sue and I were the cheerleading coaches for 9 years and Charley always supported us.. he was funny charming a gentleman and most of all a very caring compassionate man.. He will forever be missed and he has left his imprint on all of us who knew him personally and professionally.. This is a great loss! My deepest condolences to the whole family especially to you Sue
Sandra Barbero
Coworker
June 16, 2021
I had the privilege to play for Charlie,but he was more than just a coach,he was my friend.Rest in peace
John Szenczi
Friend
June 16, 2021
Charley....
Finally, its your turn to rest! You always did for everyone but yourself! Thank you for being a part of my life! I always enjoyed our trips to the track and celebrating birthdays! Godspeed to a Hamilton icon... Rest my friend, rest!!! You will be missed!



Ben Lee
Friend
June 15, 2021
Prayers to all his family and friends, my coach, I just want to say Thanks...Ups
Michael Upshur
Student
June 15, 2021
Mr. Ross was a sweet and funny man. My sister and I were proud to have him as a guidance counselor back in highschool. I also miss the swim club when going with my family. He will be dearly missed my condolences to the family and may he rest in peace.
Kelly Richards
Student
June 15, 2021
Charlie was such a positive influence on so many Hamiltonians. Some words I associate with him are: Caring, Respect, Smart, Personality, Work, Fun RIP, Coach!
Mike Woodrow
June 15, 2021
RIP Mr Ross. Best guidance counselor and coach!!
Laure Olp
Student
June 15, 2021
Charles Ross was and always will be an iconic personality who in many ways will always remain a institution , an adopted son of Mercer County. As a educator as well as a legendary athlete, Charles impacted many and His influence will live on in all who knew this good man, Charles Ross. Peter A. Hetmanski
Peter Hetmanski
Acquaintance
June 15, 2021
Coach Ross was a Great Friend to Hamilton,N.j.,He always had a smile on his face,whereever you saw him.He will be Sadly Missed,Prayers to his Family,God Bless.
Keith Offredo
Acquaintance
June 15, 2021
Charley was an institution and leader in our community. Prayers for everyone and may he Rest in Peace
Bill Mate
June 15, 2021
Rest in Eternal Peace Charlie Ross
Linda Bonfonti
Teacher
June 14, 2021
You made a tremendous and positive influence in the lives of many HHSW and community youth. Rest in peace, Boss. Here's a three pointer to your beloved memory.
Karen (Karlberg) Hulse
Student
June 14, 2021
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