James August Ross passed away surrounded by his family on February 14th. He was 64. He is survived by his two sons Eryn and Joel Ross, his sister Barbara and her two children, his devoted wife Margarette Grant, and his five stepchildren and seven grandchildren who affectionately refer to him as ‘Popz’.
Jim was born in 1950 to Bill and Dorothy Ross in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. He moved to Boston after high school and became a radio DJ while attending college. After graduating Emerson college with a degree in broadcasting, in 1976 Jim married Robin Murphy outside of Portland, Maine. After a brief time working at a television station in Pittsburg, Jim and Robin moved out to Washington state, where he started working at KVOS television in 1978 while residing in Mt. Vernon. They gave birth to their first son Eryn, in 1980, and to their second son Joel, in 1983. In 1990, Jim spent the summer in Seattle working as a media producer for the International Goodwill Games. He began working for the Seattle Supersonics as a touring production manager in the early 1990s while continuing his work for KVOS, allowing him to travel all throughout the United States, as well as to Japan and Russia for diplomacy games.
He moved up to Bellingham in 1998, where he met Margarette Grant. They were married in 2005.
Jim was known for his warm and loving attitude, his enduring sense of humor, and endless love for jazz and the outdoors. As an Eagle Scout in high school, Jim continued his adventurous nature by hiking Mt. Baker, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. He was one of the founding members and saxophone players for the big band outfit “Swing Connection”, as well as an avid bicyclist, riding several times in the “Seattle to Portland” race.
Friends are welcome to attend a ‘Celebration of Life’, which will be held at the Squalicum Boathouse 2600 N Harbor Loops Drive on May 3 rd from noon to 3:00. Guests are encouraged to share any memories, pictures, and stories they may have. Those who plan on sending flowers are encouraged to make a donation instead to a non-profit of their choice.