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Thomas Heber Ross

October 27, 1945 — January 30, 2024


Thomas Heber Ross, 78, of Carlisle PA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the Spring Creek Nursing Home, Harrisburg PA.

Formerly of Rutland VT and West Swanzey NH, he was born October 27, 1945, in Proctor, Vermont, to the late Herbert K. Ross of Newark & New Brunswick NJ and Jean Rice (Cowman) Ross of Columbus OH and Syracuse NY.  

He enjoyed cars, skiing, and baseball, playing second base at Peacham Academy as well as being one of the premier competitors on their ski team. He was still an accomplished skier in his sixties. As a youth, he was a member of the National Ski Patrol as an Otter Ski Patrol Junior at Pico Mountain in Mendon VT. His participation there set the groundwork for his sister becoming a patrol member (National #6051) years later.

Thomas and his wife, Iona, were the owner-operators of Cookies “Cool” Canopies and T.H.Ross Co., vendors of parts for restoring antique cars and trailers. Among other shows along the East coast and mid-west, they were regular vendors at the Carlisle and Hershey car shows.


Surviving Thomas is his sister, Deborah (Deb) Ross, currently living in Norton MA. He is also survived by numerous cousins and members of his extended step-family. He was predeceased by his wife, Iona Faye (Long) Ross, formerly of Bradenton FL.


At his request, no services are planned at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs. Visit to offer condolences to the family.


Donations may be made to:

          Blue Hills Ski Patrol,

          Blue Hills Young Adult Patroller Scholarship Tom Ross

            119 Vernon Street

            Norwood MA 02062


This is a training and participation program similar to Tom’s Otter Ski Patrol Junior program at Pico. Funds will go to aid youngsters who may not otherwise be able to afford the expenses of training.


“He was a fun brother. May he rest in peace.” -dgr

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