After this introduction appears the obituary of my father, Robert Elias Ross. He was born Elias Abraham Gussaroff. I've done a genealogical study of the Gussaroff and Wallach families. It has led in many directions and resulted in my family connections. (My father's mother, Edna, was born a Wallach.). My mother, Ann, was adopted. Her original last name was Fleishman. Her birth family lived in the 1930's in the Bronx (NY) on Faile Street. Her grandfather was in the produce business along with two sons. Her mother was named Dorothy and she pursued a business secretarial career according to census records from 1930. I can provide more names from her birth family upon your request. ANY INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE PEOPLE OR FAMILIES WOULD BE WELCOME!!!!
Robert "Bob" Elias Ross, 79, husband of Joyce Abrams Ross, of 9 Ivy Trail, died March 25, 2002, in Greenville, SC.
Born July 10, 1922, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Philip Gussaroff and the late Edna Wallach Jacobs.
After his retirement as owner of Winfields' Department Store in Easley, he remained active in business and volunteer activities. His hobbies included nature photography and stained glass.
Mr. Ross was a member of Temple of Israel and Beth Israel Congregation. He was a member of the Brotherhood of the Temple, where he was affectionately known as "Kaptain Kitchen". He also organized activities involving both congregations, such as the first annual joint summer picnic, and was a charter member of the social lunch gang ROMEOS (Retired Older Men Eating Out).
In addition to his religious activities, Mr. Ross volunteered at Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he played the annual "Santa Claus" for children in the Cancer Ward. He also volunteered at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.He was predeceased by his first wife, Ann Adelson Ross, in 1987.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons from his first marriage, Philip James Ross and wife Jean Lambert Ross, of Vienna, Va., and William Mark Ross and wife Betsy Anne Fay, M.D., of Baltimore, Md.; a sister, Lenore Strauss, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Audrey Ann Ross, Elaine Hilary Ross and Lauren Ann Ross; three stepchildren, Barry Abrams and wife Carolyn Abrams, Michael Abrams and partner Douglas Elliott, and Susan Abrams; and three stepgrandchildren, Brett, Corey and Jordan Abrams.
Memorial services will be held in Greenville at a later date to be announced. Entombment will be at Old Mount Carmel Cemetery, N.Y.
Omit flowers. Memorials may be made to Greenville Free Medical Clinic, 600 Arlington Ave., Greenville, SC 29601; Temple of Israel, 400 Spring Forest Road, Greenville, SC 29615; or Beth Israel Synagogue, 425 Summit Drive, Greenville, SC 29609. â€” The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive.
Published in The Greenville News: 03-28-2002