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Wade Ross passes away at just 45

05:37 PM 08 Apr 2012 NZST
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Wade Ross
Wade Ross

Pennsylvania harness racing trainer and driver Wade Ross, 45, passed away on April 5 after a bout with colon and liver cancer. A family spokesperson said that the cancer from which he suffered became very aggressive after initial surgery, leading to his passing at the Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, Florida.

Born in Methuen, Massachusetts, Oct. 28, 1966, Wade Ross was an integral part of the Walter Ross Stable for many years and was known for his excellence in horsemanship both as a driver and trainer.

His father, Walter Ross, Sr., said he had a gentle and effective manner in handling young horses.

“He had such a wonderful way in breaking young horses…and they responded to those ways in a very positive manner. He played an invaluable role in the success of our stable.”

His unselfish attitude gained him great respect and countless friendships throughout the industry.

Survivors include Wade’s parents, Walter, Sr. and Patricia, his grandmother, Mildred Bellavance, his fiance’, Kim Farmer, his brother, Walter Ross, Jr. (Renee), sisters Wendy Ross Fletcher (Jeff) and Whitney Ross (Ken Jarrett), many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and his “very close friend” and canine companion, “Rookie.”

The family invites memories of Wade Ross in the form of donations to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 108F, Old York Rd., Hamilton, N.J. 08620.

John BERRY

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