April 13, 2022

Born in: Portsmouth, Virginia
Resided in: Fremont, California

Adam Ross, 79, of Fremont, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday April 13th, 2022. He was born in Portsmouth, VA on June 22, 1942. When he was 19, Adam met a lovely young lady that stopped at the gas station where he worked at. Her name was Betty Dunlap, and she was to be the love of his life. On May 6, 1961, just over six months after they first met, Adam and Betty were married at the Pentecostal Church of God in Newark, CA. He and Betty lived for a short time in Hayward, CA, and Newark, CA, then in 1968 they purchased their home in Fremont, CA, where Adam lived with Betty until his death.

Adam was devoted to his family and was often the first person called on for help and advice on any sort of home repairs or home improvement projects. He was the ultimate handy man, owning just about every type of tool found in a hardware store. He loved working with his hands, and gifted many handmade items throughout the years, from butterflies, lady bugs, and dragon flies for outside decorations, to quilt racks, picture frames, and shelves for indoor décor.

Adam adored being Dad, Papa, and G.G. He was the baby whisperer, and many parents were grateful for the opportunity to hand over a fussy baby to his care. Within minutes of silly songs, sounds, and rocking in the recliner, their baby would be soothed and sound asleep. He was a kid-at-heart, and always loved playing with the children in the family. He would get down on the floor and eat the pretend food the kids cooked in the toy kitchen sets, or play customer at pretend grocery shops, wrestle around and always let the kids pile on him, and spent countless hours, with multiple generations, playing with the penny slot machine piggy bank. Christmas time is fondly remembered by all the children that grew-up around Adam, with the much-loved right-of-passage that was getting to climb up on the roof to help him put up the decorations.

Adam was also a proud “Dog Dad”. He loved his pups, Misty, Daisy, Toby, Nevaeh, and Bella. He loved taking the dogs for walks, spoiling them with toys and treats, and always saving them a few bites off his dinner plate. The dogs were always out in the yard or garage with Adam while he worked on whatever chore or project was up next on the list. The same silly songs he sang for babies, he also sang for his pups.

Adam worked for Crown, Cork, and Seal for 36 years. He then enjoyed his retired years traveling with Betty on cruises, vacations, and many trips in their travel trailer. He grew fond of listening to audio books; Harry Potter, the Stephanie Plum series, and the Odd Thomas series, were some of his favorites. He enjoyed fishing and relaxing with a cigar, but most of all, he loved any reason to gather and enjoy the company of family.

Adam is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Betty Ross, daughters Melody Gonzalez and Sheila Abreu, Son-in-Law David Gonzalez, 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and sister Leila (Eddie) Abbey.

Adam is preceded in death by his father, Adam E. Ross Sr., his mother Hazel Ross, and his sisters Vivian, Liz, and Louise.

The funeral service for Adam will be held:

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Chapel of the Angels

40842 Fremont Boulevard

Fremont, CA 94538

The doors will open at 12:30pm, the service will start at 1pm.

Reception to immediately follow the service.

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  1. CandleWords cannot Express the love I have for this man Adam Ross Junior I only had two Uncles biological that is and I was blessed with the best I called my Uncle Ernie I use to love spending Christmas vacation at My uncle Ernie’s and aunt Betty’s house it was so awesome my uncle was so talented he use to make his own decorations and I’m talking life size characters he would let me help him put them up with him he had a house for Mrs clause and Santa Clause he was my hero and I adored him I have lots of stories and memories but looking back to my child hood memories those Christmas vacations I spent with my Uncle Aunt and my cousins Melody and Sheila were some of the happiest times ever if I wasn’t helping or watching my Uncle Ernie I was awed by my aunt Betty’s backing she could bake and decorate so beautiful I loved watching her and didn’t mind tasting the frosting homemade yummm I’m going to miss you uncle it really hurts to know I will not be able to see you hug you or tell you I love you Until we meet again may you forever Rest in Paradise always and forever your loving niece Chris Chaudron Narvaez 🙏🏼😭💔💜❤️

  2. To Adam and family:
    It was my pleasure to have known you. I have admired the way you loved the children and cherished the love of family. You have made a lasting impression on many and may all remember the memories that they. were able to make with you. You were truly an inspiration to all. May you rest in peace and forever have all the angels watch over those left on earth.

  3. My brother Adam was a remarkable man. He could, literally, do anything! Almost every time I called him, he was making, fixing, enhancing or maintaining something. And he had every tool imaginable! One time I called him complaining that I was stuck cleaning out the tub drain. I told him that, apparently, there is a special tool that you need to take out the crossed piece in the tub drain. I asked “who has a tool like that?” His response? “I have two”. Of course you do!!! But his biggest accomplishments were his family. Adam loved his family. I don’t remember my brother ever saying an unkind thing to me. Ever. He was a sweet, kind and loving man. Goodbye my sweet brother. You were the best man I have ever known and the world will forever be less without you.


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