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Harold Graham Ross III

October 13, 1955 ~ July 9, 2018 (age 62)
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Ross III, Harold Graham of Boston, Massachusetts passed unexpectedly on July 9, 2018.

Beloved son to the late Reverend Harold Graham Ross, Jr. and Clementine B. Ross. 

He was a loving brother to Sheldon Baker Ross (wife Kristin Nilsson), Harriet Denise Ross and Arlinda Lorraine Ross. Caring uncle to Leah Tolson and Arianna Garnett.

He leaves a host of other family and friends to cherish his memories.

Visitation with family on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 10-11 AM at George Lopes Funeral Home, 821 Cummins Highway, Mattapan, MA 02126.

Celebration of Life Service will start at 11 AM also from the funeral home. Interment will follow to Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Street, Boston, MA 02130.

Arrangements entrusted to George Lopes Funeral Home, 821 Cummins Highway, Mattapan, MA 02126.

To leave condolences or to send floral bequest visit www.georgelopesfuneralhome.com 

 

OBITUARY

Harold Graham Ross III

(October 13, 1955 – July 9, 2018)

Harold Graham Ross, III, 62, of Dorchester, a career union electrician and former restaurateur died suddenly on Monday, July 9th in Boston.

Harold was a long-standing member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103. He completed his electrical training at the GTE Sylvania Technical School/Wentworth Technical School. His skill and hard work helped to contribute to many successful union electrical projects around Boston including the Harvard Square Station MBTA Red Line Renovation, Suffolk Business School, “The Big Dig” Tunnel and most recently at the Wynn Casino Development.

Harold was a constant champion for diversity and equal opportunity in the Boston construction and electrical contractor’s industries over the years. He befriended many of his fellow electrical workers at various job sites across the city.

Born in Atlantic City, NJ., Harold was a direct descendant of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad heroine who helped over 300 slaves reach freedom in the 1850s. One of his fondest memories was the pilgrimage that he made to Auburn, NY to see the home and gravesite of his ancestor. He even managed to connect with long lost relatives while he was in town.

Harold affectionally nicknamed “Boot” by his family moved to Boston in 1958 with his father, the late Reverend Doctor Harold Ross, Jr. and loving mother, Mrs. Clementine Baker Ross when his father joined the staff of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury. The family was very active in the Civil Rights Movement during the sixties and seventies in the Boston area. Boot was particularly passionate about the teachings of Malcom X his contributions to the movement.

Harold attended Boston Technical School and later graduated from Dorchester High School. He also completed Communications School, so he could pursue one of favorite passions, broadcasting Caribbean and African music. He had his own internet radio slot under the moniker of “Mango Juice” which he also used as a local DJ for parties.

Harold married the late Winifred “Winnie” Joseph-Ross from St. Lucia in July of 1986 and they moved to Richmond, VA. They shared a passion for cooking Caribbean comfort food so together they founded Winnie’s Caribbean Cuisine which was the first Caribbean restaurant in downtown Richmond. It is still remembered favorable by the residents of the Richmond area.

Boot loved to raise and train dogs. Over the years he had Brown (Doberman), Kush (Rottweiler) and most recently a lovable Pitbull named Bube.

The love of God and family defined Boot. His happy and joking personality was infectious.  He really enjoyed spending time with relatives at Family Reunions/ Events

Harold leaves to celebrate his life, his loving mother Clementine Baker Ross of Dorchester a brother, Sheldon Baker Ross of Scottsdale, AZ; two sisters, Harriet Denise Ross of Laurel, Md., and Arlinda (Yetta) Lorraine Ross of Dorchester; two nieces, Leah Dominique Toleson, one sister-in-law, Kristin Nilsson and a host of aunts, cousins, friends and colleagues.

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