Charles was born and raised in Boston, son of the late James and Julia (Keady) Ross. He attended local schools and was a graduate of South Boston High School. He was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1958, when he was honorably discharged. He resided in Waltham for many years before settling in Hudson the past 15-plus years.
He was a member and retired manager of the Hudson Rod and Gun Club. He also spent time as an NRA instructor at the club. He was a member and former Commander of the V.F.W. Post 1052 in Waltham. Besides his love of family and the country he defended, Charles took great pride representing the V.F.W. Post as a volunteer for several children's charitable organizations. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his children, Charles J. “Chuck” Ross Jr. and his wife Marie of West Virginia, Mark Ross-Corbett and his wife Debbie of Wisconsin, Nancy Brophy and her husband Michael of Marlborough, and Jodi Falotico and her husband Jim of Illinois. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Ross of Quincy; his nine grandchildren, Jeffrey Hyland, Linda Lawton, Nicholas Ross, Kimberly Vance, Joseph Ross-Corbett, Katherine Hill, Michael Ross-Corbett, Markie Falotico, and Jackie Falotico; his five great-grandchildren, Ava Lawton, Brianna Lawton, Carly Lawton, Grace Ross-Corbett, and Jackson Hil; and his many close nieces and nephews.
Charles was laid to rest with his longtime companion, the late Elizabeth Hyland, at a private committal service in Mt. Feake Cemetery of Waltham. Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home of Hudson assisted with arrangements.
Donations in memory of Charles may be made to Bedford VAMC Patient Programs, C/O Bedford VA Medical Center, 200 Spring Rd., Bedford, MA 01730.