"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living"
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Stephen K. Ross

Stephen K. Ross

Poochie’s Life Journey


I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,

People will forget what you did,

But people will never forget how you made them feel.

 -Maya Angelou



Stephen Kenneth Ross was born on April 30, 1938 in Mount Holly, New Jersey. He was the youngest of four children of the late Harry Newhart Ross and Beatrice Lee Ward Ross and was called to eternal rest on Saturday August 28, 2021. He was fondly known to most family and friends as Poochie and to his grand and great grandchildren as Pop Pop Poochie.


In his early years, Stephen resided with his siblings, Celeste Ross “Deceased”, Harry N Ross Jr “Deceased”, and Ruth Ross at 211 Clarkson Street in Burlington NJ where he and his family were members of Bethlehem AME Church. Stephen was educated in the public school system of Burlington City and was an avid sports fan. He played center in football and guard in basketball for BCHS Blue Devils where he also ran track which became one of his life’s passions as well as boxed at local boxing clubs.


Stephen entered the United States Marine Corp in 1956 as an E-1 Private and was honorably discharged as an E-3 Lance Corporal in 1962. Upon entering back to civilian life, Stephen was employed as a Quality Control Technician at HK Porter and as Laboratory Technician for Hoeganaes Corporation in their metals power production division. On June 6, 1964 he was united in marriage to Lucille “Hunt” Ross. Stephen was always a visionary which led him to start his own business called Galaxy Janitorial and Building Maintenance Services. After more than 20 years with his labor of love he prepared himself for retirement and obtained his Black Seal, High Pressure License and became a Custodial Supervisor for the Willingboro Public School District where he retired.


Poochie was a dear friend and mentor to many. He loved to sit and impart life lessons and knowledge to all who would listen. He was passionate about healthy living, natural remedies for illness and of course would eagerly make his patented Juices to fit whatever ailments you had that day. In addition, Stephen was a social activist even before it was socially acceptable to be such. He believed strongly that we as a people, united can and will do remarkable things. Stephen was a member of the Oliver Cromwell Black History Society, Inc., and supported The Underground Railroad Café of Burlington New Jersey and continued to fight for the preserving of The William R. Allen School of Burlington New Jersey as a living community museum.


Stephen loved his sweets and goodies almost as much as he loved jazz. He was the biggest fan of the old masters, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane along with the blues. He loved to dance and sing with his wife Lucille and go to Burlington City football games with his buddies Norman, Sagg and Dudley. But the true joy of his life was being a father to his children and later to his grand and great grand kids. 


Preceding Stephen into glory was his son Micah Ross and his devoted wife Lucille. He leaves to mourn his departure: Children, Debra A. Robinson, Eric K. Ross, Stephanie L. Ross, and Mark S. Ross; Grandchildren, Charish C. Jones, Dasia M. Jenkins (Marquis) and Joshua A. Ross; Great Grandchildren, Marissa A. Jones, Mariah A. Jones and Parker M. Jenkins; Sister Ruth Braithwaite; Nephews Whitney Brown (Kenia) and Micah Ross (Allena); and Special Nieces Patricia Brown, Cynthia Roy, his great nephews and great nieces, numerous cousins, God children and a host of wonderful friends.


As Poochie would say:

“Love You Big Time… Easy Wit It Now”

Stephen K. Ross passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021  
Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, September 7, 2021 11AM TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ 08016  Live Stream:

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