WEST HAVEN, CT – (from West Haven Funeral Home) Howard ‘Howie’ Ross, 83, of West Haven, died at home on April 28, 2021.
He was born on September 30, 1937 in New Haven to the late Steven and Martha (Sabo) Ross. Howie joined the US Army at the age of 18.
During his three years of service, he received a Good Conduct medal and a Marksmanship badge. After Howie was honorably discharged from the Army in 1959, he worked in a variety of professions before becoming a postman for the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in 2002 after 35 years of service.
Howie also worked part-time as a driver for the Connecticut limousine for many years. Howie was a kind, selfless, and generous man with a heart of 24 carat gold. His unwavering devotion to the family began at a young age when he left school to get a job for his mother and sister.
As an adult, he worked tirelessly two jobs for most of his life to support his wife and children. In addition to taking care of his family, Howie always looked after and helped his friends and neighbors.
He plowed the neighborhood, had his children deliver bags of products from his garden to the neighbors, and was always quick to help with a project.
Howie was happiest when he gave. He really was the type of guy who gave him the shirt off his back.
Howie’s kids had a couple of joking nicknames for him: Dr. Ross and Farmer Ross. Dr. Ross liked to cook his own home remedies sometimes; sometimes they worked and the others became family stories to remember!
Farmer Howie was an amazing gardener and will forever be remembered for his famous heart tomatoes, the pride and joy of his garden. Howie also enjoyed watching sports and was a devoted Yankees baseball and UCONN basketball fan.
Howie, the epitome of integrity, will be greatly missed. He was died by his wife Lucille Tantimonaco Ross; Brothers Francis, John, and Steven Ross; Sister Martha Salvati.
He is survived by his children Gary (Karen) Ross from Southington, Ken (Karen) Ross from Berlin and Kim Ross from Stratford; Grandchildren: Brian, Jason, Heather, Matt, and Ally Ross.
Viewing hours are Tuesday, May 11th, 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the West Haven Funeral Home.
On Tuesday, May 11th at 11 a.m., a mass for the Christian funeral will be celebrated in the Church of Our Lady of Victory. The burial takes place in the St. Lawrence Cemetery.
Commemorative donations can be made to the West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce (WHEAT), 674 Washington Ave, West Haven, CT 06516.