385. Linda J. Powers was born (date unknown).
Linda J. Powers and Byron L. Gross were married about 1964. Byron L. Gross, son of Damon W. Gross and Ruby A. Sylvester, was born on 15 November 1942 in South Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine, USA. He was educated in 1961 in Stonington High School. He died Drown on 27 October 2007 at the age of 64 in The Reach off Little Deer Isle. BYRON LEWIS GROSS
LITTLE DEER ISLE-Byron L. Gross, 64, went out in his boat, the Ruby G, to bring in a load of traps, October 27, 2007, and never made it back home. He was born November 15, 1942, at the home of his future grandmother-in-law in South Deer Isle, the son of Damon W. and Ruby A. (Sylvester) Gross.
He graduated from Stonington High School, class of 1961. He continued to lobster with his father until shortly after marrying Linda J. Powers, then moved to Millinocket, Maine, where he worked at Great Northern Paper Mill for five years. In 1972 he and his wife moved to Little Deer Isle where they owned and operated Gross's General Store for 30 years. Recent winters he had built traps at Downeast Fishing Gear. But what made him the happiest was the sea and lobstering. Even as a boy, when he was too young to tend his traps alone, his mother would go with him. He was a kind and gentle soul; though he might have been small in stature, he was big of heart and very much enjoyed helping anyone in need. He also enjoyed walking his dog, Dutchess.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, his three daughters, Janet Trundy and her husband, Rick, of Deer Isle, Heidi Robinson and her husband, Noel, of Trenton, Hilary Gross and her boyfriend, Lance Friend, of Little Deer Isle, three grandchildren, Devon, Cortney and Nick Trundy of Deer Isle, his mother-in-law, Beryl Powers of Little Deer Isle, seven sisters-in-law, Ethelda Eaton, and Karyl Eaton, of Stonington, Cheryl Robinson and her husband, Richard (also Byron's childhood friend and partner in mischief), Annette Wheaton and her husband, Robert, Barbara Hutchinson and her husband, Tim, all of Little Deer Isle, Dale Robbins and her husband, Dewey, of Deer Isle, Ann Evans and her husband, Dewey, of Bena, Va., two brothers-in-law, Norman Billings and his wife, Norma, of Woolwich and David Powers and his life partner, Glenn Watson, of Griffin, Ga., several aunts and cousins and many nieces and nephews, and two special nephews, Brian Gross and his wife, Michelle, and Damon Gross and his wife, Amanda, of Virginia. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Wayne Gross, father-in-law, John Powers, sister-in-law, Brenda Billings and a niece, Genice Hutchinson.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 9, 2007, at the Community of Christ Church in North Deer Isle. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may make a donation to the Deer Isle Fire Department or DEEMI (Downeast Emergency Medicine Institute Search & Rescue) P.O. Box 268, Orono, Maine 04473.
Byron was buried in Gray's Hill cemetery, Little Deer Isle. He was buried in Greenwood cemetery, Oceanville, Maine.
Linda J. Powers-11970 and Byron L. Gross-11978 had the following children: