Oct 282011

George Ross, 61, a longtime resident of Holbrook, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, surrounded by his family. A celebration of George’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the First United Methodist Church, located at 118 W. Arizona St. in Holbrook.

George was born in Lancaster, Pa., on Jan. 17, 1950, to Thomas and Marian Ross. He spent most of his life in New Mexico and Arizona. He met and married the love of his life, Bonnie, in Farmington, N.M., where he spent part of his childhood and graduated from high school. He moved to Holbrook in 1974, where he worked and raised his family.

He worked at Cholla Power Plant for over 30 years. After retiring from Arizona Public Service Co., George continued to work as a consultant on turbine overhauls at power houses around the country. He worked hard and loved his job. He enjoyed meeting new people and seeing new places. He made friends wherever he went.

George was an adventurous person, who loved seeing and doing new things. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He was a private pilot, and enjoyed exploring the Southwest in his Cessna.

He cared deeply for his friends and his family, and was always happy to spend time with people he loved.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be dearly missed by many people.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Bonnie; his children, Gina (Murray) Andress of Flagstaff, Lisa (Tim) Brownfield of Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, and Michael Ross of Mesa; and his two grandchildren, Lily and Olivia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in George’s honor for Brain Tumor Research to Barrow Neurological Foundation at Barrow Neurological Institute, www.supportbarrow.org.