March 15, 1939 - December 7, 2021
ROSS - Glenn "Tony" R. Ross, U.S. Navy Retired Chief Hospital Corpsman, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2021, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, at his home in Jacksonville Beach, Florida Mr. Ross was born in Rockford, Illinois on March 15, 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1956 at the age of 17, with parent consent. His first ship was the USS Pitchlynn which was engaged in salvage operations on the Delaware River off New Castle, Delaware. One day aboard ship, Tony and his fellow shipmates were alerted by screams from a twelve year old girl who was being carried downstream by an outgoing tide. Following a dare from his fellow shipmates, Tony quickly discarded his outer clothing and dived over the side. He swam a distance of approximately two hundred yards to the girl, then swam back with her against a strong current to within twenty-five yards of the vessel. A life ring was tossed to him and both he and the girl were lifted to safety. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his prompt and courageous effort. Tony served as a Medic in Vietnam from 1968 - 1969 with HqBtry 2nd Bn 11th Marines 1st MarDiv, 3rd 155mm GunBrty(sp) 1st Mar Div, and HqBtry, 4th Bn, 11th Marines, 1st MarDiv. He was employed by the former Jacksonville Shipyards from 1987-1990 as Safety and Medical Inspector Mayport Division and Safety and Medical Director Bellinger Division. Tony ran unsuccessfully for Jacksonville Beach City Council Seat 4 in 1987. He was employed by Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department, Naval Station Mayport Florida for thirteen years where he was known as "Mr. MWR." Tony's last employment was at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining. He worked there as a doorman, always sporting the brightest neckties. Tony was well known for speaking his mind, but most of all for the way he fiercely loved his family and friends. Tony was predeceased by his father, mother, brothers, Bill, Stan, David and sister, Dixie. Tony is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sharon, children JoDee L. Augustini, Tracy L. Ross-Fares (Hanna) and Jeffrey G. Ross, grandchildren, Nicholas R. Augustini, Natalie S. Fares and Matthew A. Fares. He is also survived by his brothers, Frank, Don, John and sisters; Judy, and Margaret and three generations of nieces and nephews. His is also survived by a special young lady, Sabrin, and grand-cat Milo. Since Tony's passing his grand-dog Houdini, decided to go on his next journey with his grandpa in heaven. The family would like to extend special thanks to Debbie, Senior Helpers caregiver, Baptist Medical Center Beaches Progressive Care Unit, Jacksonville Care Patient Transportation, Community Hospice & Palliative Care, and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Station #60. There will be a graveside service at Jacksonville National Cemetery on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
ROSS - Glenn "Tony" R. Ross, U.S. Navy Retired Chief Hospital Corpsman, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2021, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, at his home in Jacksonville Beach, Florida Mr. Ross was born in Rockford, Illinois on March 15,... View Obituary & Service Information
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