EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 5, 2013

Warren Ross, 84


Hampstead, N.H. — Warren Kenneth Ross, of Hampstead, N.H., died in his home on January 23. Warren was born in Haverhill, the son of Leroy C. Ross of Malone, N.Y., and Tamam (Yazgie) George of Beirut, Syria (now Lebanon). He graduated from Haverhill High School and then served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948, as an Aerographer's Mate Third Class. He married Barbara Carr of Haverhill, with whom he had a daughter, Stephanie and a son, Warren Jr. He worked on a logging crew for Esty Lumber in Groveland before becoming a Haverhill firefighter. During this time, with his own hands, Warren built a house for his family on North Avenue, Haverhill. Then, Western Electric, in North Andover, became Warren's employer for several years, during which time the family moved to a Colonial farm in West Hampstead, N.H.

Not long after this move, Warren worked for the Continental Can Company after which he settled into a long and happy position as Purchasing Agent for Process Engineering, Plaistow, N.H. 1979 was a big year, Warren married Ethel Hoyt Consalvi, and retired to establish Warren K. Ross, Inc. In this solo entrepreneurial effort he designed, patented, and manufactured a portable sawmill, the Ross Bandmill, which became a success and kept him very busy until he eventually sold the business so he could pursue his love of travel. His many expeditions covered six continents and included a bicycle tour of Scotland, a coast-to-coast motorcycle tour of Australia, and a trek to the Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

Warren was a past President of the Haverhill Rotary Club, past Director and Recording Secretary of the Haverhill YMCA, and a long-time member of the Haverhill Monday Evening Club.

Warren's friends, work colleagues, and fellow club members can confirm that he was a talented and unique humorist. And his vegetable gardening skills were unsurpassed. He was a loving father and a caring and generous neighbor, always ready to help with home repair, car repair, or any task, the more strenuous or difficult the better.

Warren is survived by his sister, Betsy Langlois (husband, Bill) of East Hampstead, N.H.; daughter, Stephanie Ross of Washington, D.C. (husband, Dallas Salisbury); son, Warren Ross Jr. of Wellesley (wife, Ann Butterworth); stepdaughter, Cheryl Driscoll (husband, Tom) of Harwich and children, Dana, Michael, and Elise; stepdaughter, Donna Consalvi of Sandown, N.H.; stepdaughter, Nancy Joseph of Danville, N.H. (husband, Peter) and children, Peter Jr. and Leah (husband, Tim Reardon) and daughter, Gabriella Reardon; and stepdaughter, Margaret McGaffigan (husband, James) of Winchester and children, Christianna and Isabella.

ARRANGEMENTS: There will be visiting hours at Dole & Childs Funeral Home, 148 Main St, Haverhill, on Thursday, February 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. Flowers are not necessary.