U.S. Navy Seabee in Vietnam War; engineer worked on Skylab, Voyager 1 & 2 space probes


LYNNFIELD — Mr. David L. Ross, 70, of Lynnfield, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers after a brief illness. He was the husband of Lillian G. (Foglietta) Ross, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Herbert and Gertrude (Buchanan) Ross. He had lived in Lynnfield for the greater part of his life and graduated as a master cabinetmaker from Lynn Trade School.

David served in the United States Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War, stationed in Vietnam and Iceland. He worked as an electro-optics engineer for BAE Systems in Lexington for over 40 years until his retirement five years ago. During his career, he worked on a number of significant air and space projects, including Skylab and the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes, as well as numerous defense projects.

David was also a member of the Lynnfield Fire and Police auxiliaries. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Linehan Council, Lynnfield. An avid outdoorsman, he was a “jack of all trades.” He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Stephen M. Ross and his wife Heather M., Christopher M. Ross and his wife Graceann and Jason L Ross and his fiancé Meredith L. Bubier; four grandchildren; Shaylyn, Makenzie, Vanessa and Taylor Ross; his sister, Margaret Ross, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Lawrence, Robert, Donald and Herbert Ross, Mildred Pulaski and Beatrice Sullivan.

His funeral was held on Saturday from the Solimine Funeral Home, Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers MA 01923. To sign the online guestbook go to www.solimine.com.