Walter Gross

Walter Gross

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
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Walter R. Gross passed away peacefully on November 21, 2019 at his home in Portsmouth, RI at the age of 86

A military ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 30th at 9:30 am at the Rhode Island Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery 301 South County Trail Exeter, RI. The family invites all to a celebration of life at 11:30 am on November 30th to McGovern’s on the Water 310 Shove Street Fall River, MA.

Walter was born in 1933 in California and joined the Navy in 1950 in which he served until 1985. Walter was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam war and earned several medals and commendations. His military career spanned 35 years where he attained the highest enlisted rank of the Navy: Master Chief. During his enlistment Walter served on several shore duties and ships and the most memorable for him were The USS Rochester CA-124(The Gray Ghost), and the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides).

Walter was an avid coin collector and loved having breakfast daily at his favorite diner, Reidy’s in Portsmouth.

Walter is predeceased by his wife Ellen Gross (Greatorex) formerly of Charlestown MA.

Walter is survived by his daughter Pamela Moore of Portsmouth, RI, his former wife Hildred, his stepson Thomas Higgins and wife Christine and his loving granddaughter Grace Higgins all of Millis, MA., his stepdaughter Deborah Coble and husband Scott of North Carolina, dear friends Rhonda, Sherry and Ginny and companion Carol Philips.
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  • Service

    November 30, 2019 | 9:30am
    November 30, 2019 9:30am
    Rhode Island veterans Memorial Cemetery - Chapel
    301 South County Trail
    Exeter, RI 02822
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    November 30, 2019 | 9:30am
    November 30, 2019 9:30am
    Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    301 South County Trail
    Exeter, Rhode Island 02822
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Dotty Goncalo

Posted at 08:43pm
I am so deeply saddened by the news of Walters passing. I always would look forward to his bank visits, always wearing his grey spiked hair and visor.

One specific memory I have is when I told him the story of how a beggar convinced me to give him the $2 bill I had in my wallet that belonged to my young daughter. Walter came into the branch one day with a special $2 with a red seal, in a nice plastic protector. He wanted her to have it.

Walter was a sweet man, and will be greatly missed ❤️

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