Edwin B. Gross, born in the Bronx, New York, died at age 83. Ed was one of four children born to Laura and Arthur Gross. He graduated from Pace College in 1952 majoring in accounting.
Ed served in the U. S. Army in 1946-47. After graduating from Pace College, he had financial positions with Isbrantsen Steamship Lines, Equitable Life Assurance Society, Grumman Aerospace Corp. and Page Communications. In 1972 Ed switched his talents to selling insurance, concentrating on the corporate market. He belonged to the Million Dollar Roundtable, Life Underwriters (L.U.T.C. Fellow) and other insurance associations.
Working with kids, Ed was a Boy Scout leader, president of the Fairfax Police Youth Club, coach of various football, baseball and basketball teams as well as a referee for years. He spent 25 years in various positions with the Fairfax Police Youth Club.
Ed was elected to the school board, serving as vice president, while living on Long Island, NY. As a member of Bryce Resort, he served on many committees, using his financial background to advantage. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Guild, and other organizations.
Surviving Ed is his wife, Mary Ellen, whom he married in 1957, sons, James Gross of Sterling, VA, Michael Gross of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Steven Gross of Roanoke, VA and a daughter, Karin Pifer of Ashburn, VA; six grandchildren, Jesse Gross of Raleigh, NC, Heather Matthews of Killeen, Texas, Brandon Gross of Fort Wayne, Hannah, Tucker and Evan Gross of Roanoke. Also surviving are four great grandchildren, Isaac, Morgan, Trinity Elliott and Sage Matthews of Killeen, Texas.
Funeral Mass will be Monday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of The Shenandoah Roman Catholic Church in Basye by Father Richard Ley. Burial will follow at the Mt. Jackson Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bryce Resort for the golf course beautification.