A funeral will be held today for Harold C. Ross Jr. of Lynn, owner of M. C. Heald & Co., a package store in that city. Mr. Ross died Wednesday [April 28, 1993] at Union Hospital in Lynn after a brief illness. He was 71.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Ross was a 1940 graduate of Swampscott High School. He had lived in Lynn for the past 42 years.
Mr. Ross served as a machine gunner with the 6th Division Marines in World War II and was a member of the Elite 4th Marine Raiders. Mr. Ross spent 30 months in the Pacific and fought at Okinawa. He received two Purple Hearts, the Presidential Citation, a Navy Unit Commendation and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with six battle stars. Since his father-in-law’s death in 1964, Mr. Ross was owner and operator of M. C. Heald & Co., founded in 1849 as a soft-drink company. The company became a package store in the 1950s.
Mr. Ross was a member of the Lynn area Chamber of Commerce. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans, the Marine Raider Association and the American Legion.
He leaves his wife, Barbara J. (Buss); two sons, Robert H. and Michael, both of Lynn; three daughters, Pamela J. Jackson of Lynn and Barbara A. Briere and Susan K. Hurley, both of Sanford, Maine; and four grandchildren.
The service will begin at 10 a.m. in Solimine and Rhodes Funeral Home in Lynn. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery.