On Thursday, hundreds of people in Petersburg attended the funeral for the vice mayor. Carl “Mike” Ross died suddenly last Friday.
The service was a moment to reflect on the life and legacy of vice mayor Ross.
“He was very dedicated. He was a very sweet man,” recalls Marestine Wright, who attended the same church as Ross.
Ross wore many hats. He worked at Fort Lee, was a former school board member and most recently, he was on the Petersburg city council for almost 12 years. Ross held that position up until his death. People who knew him say he had a passion to serve, especially the youngest among us.
“He was always very caring and trying to help people, especially the youth,” says Frederick Custis, Ross’ fraternity brother. Ross was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.
“He always spoke his mind, which everyone seemed to like, because they always knew where he was coming from, and he listened to the people in his ward,” says Wright.
Ross leaves behind his daughter, family and friends who were like family.
“I’m going to surely miss him, now I am not going to be able to run into him around town like I used to. I used to look forward to seeing him,” says John Grant, one of Ross’ school mates from Virginia State University.
Carl “Mike” Ross is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. His burial will be held in Maryland on Saturday.