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Everett W. "Benny" Ross, 81, of Lackawanna, who worked for Calspan Corp. for more than 20 years, died Friday (Sept. 17, 1999) in Mercy Hospital after a short illness.

A lifetime Western New York resident, Ross retired from Calspan in 1982. He also had worked with Cornell Aeronautical Corp., predecessor to Calspan, and was a vocational instructor at Olean High School.

His work at Calspan included an assignment to White Sands, N.M., where he worked on a rocket project. He served in Navy security assignments during World War II in the New York City area. He was a member of the Matthew Glab Post 1467, American Legion, and Our Lady of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society.

Ross was a graduate of the former Technical High School. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and owned a hunting camp in the Town of Humphrey, Cattaraugus County. He was a member of the Southtowns Walleye Association.

His wife, the former Alma Sheffer, died in 1982.

Survivors include two sisters, Eleanora Kirwan and Elaine Bolz, both of Kenmore; and a brother, Clayton of North Carolina.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Prayers will be be said at 8:15 in Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.


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