George Keene Ross

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George Keene Ross, 67, went home to be with God on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in New Braunfels, Texas. He was born on June 6, 1948 to parents Richmond W. & Rene S. Ross and was raised in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. He attended Alfred University in Alfred, NY where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He later transferred to the University of San Diego where he graduated in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in Business. George proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years during the Vietnam War & then moved to Houston to work as an IBM Salesman & Trainer in the Office Products Division. He met his wife Debbie Fox while in Houston and they were married in 1977. He was transferred to Dallas while working for IBM and then worked for Nokia, MarketSource and several entrepreneurial companies. He also loved serving as a Sunday school teacher for many years. He moved to New Braunfels in 2006 and ended his career at the Alliance Benefit Group (ABG) out of Houston. George will always be remembered for his zest for life, love of family & friends, and helping others. He is survived by his wife Debbie; two daughters, Carrie Hyland (Chase) & Kristen Napoleon (Keith); grandson, Corbin Hyland; Mother-in-Law, Gloria Fox; brothers, Rick, Andy & Randy Ross; sisters, Sandra Ross & Betsy Hook and numerous cousins. We would all like to thank our friends, neighbors, cohorts, doctors & nurses for their support over the past few months. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 12 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther Ave., New Braunfels with private burial. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.

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  1. George was one of a kind and it is an honor to be able to say he was my brother. Vickie and I will both miss him but we know he is in a better place and at peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie, Carrie, Kristen, and their families at this time.

  2. Debbie, We were saddened to hear of George’s passing. He lived was a good friend, father, and Sunday school teacher. So full life, and he brought laughter and joy to us all. He will certainly be missed by all who knew and loved him. Our love and prayers are with you.

  3. Debbie, Carrie, Christen and the Ross Brothers and Sisters: It is with great sorrow that I learned this morning that George had lost his battle with cancer. George and I were great friends from the Port Washington era of his life. We stayed in contact thru the years visiting as our paths crossed from time to time. I had talked to him in January and as always he seemed so positive. He was to be released from the hospital the next day and return to his home and family. George had a love for his family and friends, a zest for life and that wonderful sense of humor. He will surely be missed by all of us. George is in a new place at peace and free of suffering and pain. George was a wonderful friend and may God Bless him, watch over him and give he and his family eternal peace.

  4. Debbie, I was saddened to hear of George’s passing. I worked with George during his time at Loren D. Stark Company in Houston. He was always so positive and had kind words to say about everyone. I will miss my dear friend and the emails we shared including the pictures he sent me of the deer in his yard. George will be missed by so many but is in the hands of the Lord he loved! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Debbie, Carrie, Kristen and family, I was blessed to work with George for several years. He was a kind gentleman, fun to work with, and much loved by all. He taught me a lot for which I am grateful. 2 Thessalonians 3: 16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

  6. I will forever remember George. He had a wonderful laugh and giving heart. I will also never forget his wine and cheese party when he went into remission. I also will never forget the hug he gave me when he found out I had cancer. It was a god thing he came in during that time. He was special to me as you are Debbie. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  7. George was one of the kindest and most sincere gentlemen I have ever been around. I had the pleasure of working with him the past few years and he will be missed by all. My prayers are with you and your family.

  8. George and I have been best friends since the second grade. We played tennis together every summer evening until the mosquitos ate us up. He and I swam on the final relay race to beat Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. I played right guard, next to George our center, and celebrated two undefeated seasons in HS. We talked every year on our birthdays and I will continue that tradition going forward. Instead of getting on the phone I will just look up high in the sky. These fond memories will keep him alive in my heart forever. George, I love you buddy.

  9. Debbie, Carrie, Christen – George was truly a friend and always in inspiration. His love of life was infectious and he was a fountain of love. His desire to educate others and to promote Godly actions by more than just words. He is missed, and my family prayers are with you all.

  10. The best way to describe George is gregarious. He was one of the most social people we had ever met and were truly drawn to him. Always smiling and his presence was felt in the room… Wish we could have seen him more often. Deb, Kristen, Carrie, there are no words of comfort except to say that he lived a life surrounded by people that truly cared and loved him. That in itself is a tribute to George. **Our sincerest sympathy Love Karen and Paul DeMestrio

  11. I love what you said “his zest for life”. That was the George that I loved so much. George swept Debbie off her feet just as he did everyone in my family. He lived his life to the fullest and he fought for life till the end. God bless you George! Thank you Jesus for the precious gift you gave to the Foxes and the Webb family.

  12. George was a class act. He was respected and so well liked in our industry. He was just such a wonderful man. He will be missed. I am praying for comfort for all of you during this time.

  13. It feels like a bit of energy has been drained from the world. George possessed so much energy that with his passing, some electrons or something have gone with him. George had hundreds or thousands of friends and kept in contact with a good number of them. We will miss the infectious laugh and the good time lunches we would have with George and Debbie occasionally when we were in Texas. Condolences to Debbie, Carrie and Kristen.

  14. Dear Debbie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. George was such a great person and he will be missed. I know that you and he went through so much over the last few years and both of you were always in my prayers. God bless you in this time.

  15. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with George over the last few years at Wells Fargo in New Braunfels. George was not only a great professional but also a genuinely good person. He was easy to like and the kind of person you could call anytime. My prayers are with you.

  16. George was one of the most positive, and professional individuals I have met in the Financial Industry. George always had a smile on his face and he never stopped working. He was genuine and congenial with everyone. HE will be greatly missed.

  17. Debbie, Ann and I are so saddened by your loss of George. What a great guy, to family and community. As I worked with George for some years at IBM he was truly the best. His positive attitude was contagious to all of us. His constant upbeat approach to life kept us going as a team, and I am sure was just a great influence on your family, friends and those he touch. I truly cherish the moments we had together. They were great years. He will leave a wonderful lasting impact on the world we live in and an example for all of us, taking in the the fullness of life everyday. All our love to you and the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  18. Our family has such fun and happy memories of George and his incredible energy and humor. I can only imagine how much he will be missed. Our prayers are with you during this time.

  19. We were so saddened to hear about George’s passing. He was the neighbor we always appreciated for his kindness. A sweet, beautiful wife and daughters were his pride and joy.

  20. Debbie, My memories of George and your family go back to White Rock Elementary. I will always remember George for his wonderful sense of humor and deep love for his family. My prayers are with you.

  21. So sorry to read about George’s passing in the paper this morning. We enjoyed seating next to you at the UT games and meeting beforehand at the Texas exes’ club for some wine, or in George’s case some beer. It wasn’t much fun in those seats after the two of you left. May God hold you in the palm of His hand Debbie.

  22. Debbie and girls – Am so very sad for your loss – what a great guy! I know you have many memories of fun times together that I hope will ease your sadness. Prayers for peace for you all. Fondly Donna Gates PS Best Richard Simmons impersonation ever!!! Will never forget that talent show!

  23. I only met George a few times…but I was always a pleasure to have met him. He was a joyous soul to come into connection with. To Debbie and his daughters my prayers are with you…”Earth has NO SORROW that heaven cannot heal”. “Alliance Benefit Group”-Houston, TX

  24. Debbie,Kerri & Kristen: I was very sad to hear about your loss. George should have had many more years to enjoy his retirement after working hard all of his life. I know it will leave a void in your hearts as a husband, father and grandfather. I will always remember his quick easy laugh and the many conversations we had. My condolences go out to all of you.

  25. Mr. Ross was by far my favorite Sunday school teacher at St. John’s in Dallas. He left the biggest impact in my life to be a better Christian. He had both me and my brother John. We both often would be the only ones in class and he would take us to go get breakfast. I remember going to le petite I think is the name of a restraunt he would take us to often as well. I’m so sorry for the loss of him but I do know that he is watching down on all of us with that great smile of his. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. He by far was one of my favorite people.

  26. Our love and prayers are with the family, especially Carrie – one of my favorite acolytes.

  27. I so enjoyed teaching Sunday School with George at St. John’s in Dallas. A wonderful Christian and a lovely family. Prayers for God’s comfort to be with the family. Love to all the family.

  28. Debbie..the years have passed ..never will I forget my years at White Rock elementary and your girls and your family support of teachers. Nita Rausch alerted me to the passing of your husband. I wanted to let you know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. I’m so sad to hear about George’s death. It’s been years since you moved from Dallas, but I’ve thought of all of you so often over the years. George was such a good man. So cheerful, such a devoted Sunday School teacher. I pray all would be comforted.

  30. The loss of George is a loss to us all. He had tapped into the secret of ‘life to the full’ – pressed down, shaken together and running over. We will miss him dearly.

  31. George will be miss by so many. We’ll all miss his warm smile and sincere friendship. I always always looked forward to spending time with him. We was so much fun to be around. All my thoughts and prayers to George and his family.

  32. George will truly be missed by his family and all his friends. All the times we were blessed to be with him will always leave us with great memories. I send prayers to his wife Debbie and his two daughters Carrie and Kristen to cherish the wonderful memories of George. Another Angel earns his wings !

  33. Dear Debby and Family, I only met George once, unfortunately, at a a funeral for his Aunt Evelyn. He was warm, gregarious and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with him that day. He continued his Christmas correspondence after the death of my husband, his cousin Ross Kindestin…I so appreciated that and he kept me in his family circle with invitations and wonderful updates. A really special man. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I am sure he has left a big void in your world…I will keep you all in my prayers.

  34. Debbie, I had the pleasure of knowing George for the past 9 years. He was one of the only people I have known that made me smile every time I saw him. His enthusiasm, high spirits, and kindness was contagious, and I truly feel that I am a better person having known him. I am so sorry for your loss, and I feel absolutely terrible that I just found out about his passing. Please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know anything I can do to help. My family will be praying for you all.

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