Marc Aaron Ross

Marc Aaron Ross was born on February 20, 1974 in Boston, MA. Marc was the fourth child of seven children. Marc was educated in the Boston public school system, where he earned his middle school diploma from William McKinley. Also, Marc graduated from Jeremiah E. Burke where he earned his high school diploma. Marc was a very happy child and he loved to joke around with everyone. We used to call him Mr. Silly as a kid, and he even had a shirt that read Mr. Silly. Marc loved to listen to music he enjoyed buying all the latest cassettes and cds while growing up. Marc grew up in the era of rap, and he was an avid fan of rap music. Marc was known for having his boom box radio playing his favorite rap songs very loud. Some of Marc’s hobbies growing up were riding his bike, attending wrestling matches. Marc would spend family time with his younger twin brothers taking them to the original Boston Garden to attend the wrestling matches. Marc was a great brother, mentor, and friend.
Later in his life, Marc had a passion for cooking; always aspiring to be a chef. Marc was employed in several Boston hotels in the Back Bay area as a cook. He enjoyed working in the hospitality industry. Marc was a kind and loving person, Marc was extremely outgoing and he loved helping people that were in need. He would perform odd jobs for people in the neighborhood, or just lending a hand to a friend.

Marc was very close with his mother and loved his family, calling them on the phone several times a day. He would simply say “Hey, what are you doing”? We would answer, and he would say “nothing much, alright then I love you, talk to you later”. He just wanted to reach out and hear his family’s voice just to keep in touch and let us know he loved us.

Marc was a very independent person even as a child, he was loving and caring. Marc loved kids always doing little things for his nieces and nephew. Marc had a strong affection for dogs and all animals. At one point, Marc worked on a farm and truly enjoyed it.
Marc was always happy and greeted everybody he saw with his charming personality. He was simply known as “Ross” around the city of Boston. Marc will be missed dearly by family and friends.

Marc is preceded in death by his brother Germaine W. Ross, and his brother Wayne F. Ross. Marc is survived by his beloved mother Rose R. Ross of Chelsea, MA, his sister Tiffany R. Ross of Winthrop, MA, his sister Kimberly B. McKinney (Anthony) of Lynn, Ma, his sister Nikesha L. Ross-Armstrong (Andre) of Boston, MA, and his brother Jason Ross (Katherine) of Everett, MA. He leaves behind a host of nieces, and a nephew as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and family.
The Ross, McKinney, Armstrong, and Lee family would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who supported us in our time of bereavement. May God bless you all.

Psalms 23:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

All are invited to attend a memorial service for Marc on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 9am-11am at Boston Cremation, 287 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148 with a prayer service to begin at 11am.


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  1. Jeanine Williams on February 24, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:4‬ ‭KJV‬

    I pray that god will bless the family and give you strength to make it through this.

  2. Nikesha Ross-Armstrong on February 24, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    No words to express the pain that I have I’m lost and broken my heart is so heavy. I’m going to miss his phone calls and his silliness. I’m going to miss his face and loving ways about him. I love you Marc you baby sister. Nikkipooh

  3. Dennice on February 24, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  4. Mia Merideth on February 24, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    My condolences to Rose Ross and the whole family. I will always cherish the memories I was able to make with Marc. I pray the lord wrap his wings around the whole family and help you all find healing and peace. Love you guys so much

  5. David Johnstone on February 24, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Mrs Ross, my condolences to you and your family. I knew your son while working on Boylston St. He definitely was one of the good guys and definitely a man I called my friend. Thoughts and prayers to the Ross family as you deal with this difficult time. May Marc watch over you all as he watched over us he became friends with. The Johnstone’s…

  6. Kelly Hodges on February 24, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    My heart goes out to Ross’s family. I was blessed to meet Ross shortly after I moved to Boston. He was a sweet person and was always so cheerful when I saw him. He had a huge heart and I couldn’t name someone who made me laugh more. Even though I’ve long left Boston, I think of him often. He made my day so many times. Rest easy my friend. ❤️

  7. Jamila Koranteng on February 25, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Such an awesome person, Ross was someone we looked forward to having a conversation with daily at Verizon!

  8. Alex Cardona on February 25, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Boylston street in it’s bustling of cars buses and trucks is quiet today, it’s mourning one of it’s own. Rest easy Ross ! You were just so happy a couple weeks ago when you met my wife and two daughters. Boston lost a harmless soul. To all his family my prayers are with you all. Endless phrases that made as all laugh, will live on for a long time with us.

    Till we meet again !

  9. Jon Cirrinone on February 25, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Rest In Peace, Ross. Back Bay will never be the same without its favorite son.

  10. Pony on February 25, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Please don’t let this be real. I saw you around all the time and you always kept it real my G. Man I’m hurting. You’re with God now though man.

    Pouring one out for you tonight.

  11. Dahyam Matiz on February 25, 2020 at 2:05 am

    My thoughts go out to Ross’s family. He always made us smile when he stopped by the Verizon store I Back Bay. Back Bay just won’t be the same without him.

  12. Mema on February 25, 2020 at 3:28 am

    My prayers & condolences to the family. Rest In Peace.

  13. Garry A Robinson on February 25, 2020 at 6:53 am

    I was saddened to hear that Marc Aaron Ross passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  14. Lhassan Elbaqali on February 25, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    May god accept him among among his preferred ones. I hope he finds a much better life in the hereafter.

  15. Craig A John on February 25, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Deeply sorry for your loss. Ross was a local celebrity and someone to look forward to seeing at my time with Verizon on Boylston street. He was truly one of a kind.

  16. Effie Alepedis on February 25, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I came into our Dunkins on Boylston Street today and my shift leader handed me the pamphlet on Marc’s passing with a heavy heart. Marc was a fixture in our store. A very talkative person who just wanted to interact with others. This news is so sad especially since he was too young. His absence will be noticed by all at our store. We send our condolences to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace.

  17. Gabe Kies on February 25, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I was so saddened to hear that Ross had passed away — he was so friendly and open, and our small conversations always brightened my day. He will be very much missed.

  18. Joy & tom sweeney-Routhier on February 25, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Ross knew my husband from being in the hospitality world on Boylston Street, Back Bay. Tom always told me stories about Ross, and I met him when dining one evening at a hotel “in his neighborhood.” He put his face to the window and wanted to see us, with the happiest brightest smile which lit up the room. He told my husband he thought I was pretty, and anyone who knew Ross, or saw him more often than I had occasion, knew his giddy child like personality would bring a smile to your face and make your heart warm. His obituary was a tribute to his short life. You will never be forgotten by me or Tom or the thousands you came into contact with. God has you now under his wing, where u are safe &
    Protected. Your spirit will live on Ross. Til we see you again…….joy & tom

  19. JP Limontas on February 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    I met Ross years ago. He always had a good soul, regardless of the circumstances he was dealing with. He taught me that we all control our own outlook on life. He’ll be missed. God Bless

  20. Katherine Y Ross on February 25, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Today is one of the hardest days to see one of our love ones gone. This seem so unreal it’s feels like a nightmare. Marc was kind, gentle, and caring for all things. Marc you will be missed so much by everyone, I will always miss your smile and silliness and your story telling. I will cherish our quality time and having Sunday dinners. I can’t believe you are gone and you will never be forgotten. My condolences to the Ross Family. You are my family and I love you.

  21. John Beswick on February 25, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Back Bay will surely miss you, my friend. Thank you for brightening so many of our days with your upbeat personality and sense of humor. My condolences to the Ross family. Just know that Marc left such a positive impact on so many of us, that he surely will live on in our hearts. God bless.

  22. Claudia Torres on February 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    The personality and life in this beautiful soul will truly be missed ! My deepest condolences and prayers are with his loved ones and all that knew him. And thank you for sharing him with us. I know the Apple Store on Boylston will certainly miss al the laughs and craziness he brought to us. Love

  23. Anna Davis on February 26, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Marc was such a Boylston Street fixture. I’ll miss him forever. He had a good heart and so many people knew him by Ross or Big Daddy. He was a bright light in an otherwise dreary world. Condolences to his family and many many friends up and down Boylston.

  24. Celeste on February 26, 2020 at 2:03 am

    RIP Ross. You were always so kind to me when I would visit my husband at work on Boylston St. my condolences to your family.

  25. David L Dachowski on February 26, 2020 at 2:27 am

    What can I say. Such a loss for the Boylston Street neighborhood. Ross and I made each other laugh. I’ll try to keep laughing, but it will be hard with his loss. I was amazed, but not surprised, at how strongly his loss has affected the entire neighborhood. Your son/brother/uncle/cousin/friend was adored and will be truly missed. Also, it was truly an HONOR to meet you all, especially his mother Rose. In the end, all we want after we’re gone is to be remembered fondly. Well, Ross is rich beyond means by that measure. My your faith and fond memories of Marc give you peace and comfort.

  26. Charlette Parker-Edwards on February 26, 2020 at 2:48 am

    Rest in heaven, Marc

  27. Rebecca Ross on February 26, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I send my love and condolences. May God bless the family and provide strength and understanding. Always remember that love remains.

  28. Philipp Knuepfer - Mandarin Oriental on February 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    You were one of the first who greeted us when my family and I relocated to Boston. You taught my kids fist pumps, greeted them every morning on their way to the playground, gifted them sunglasses, welcome presents for the newborn and always made them laugh. You were a special part of Boylston Street and I always appreciated our daily chats and laughs. You often placed things in perspective for me and you even educated our Chairman from Hong Kong! A moment I will never forget. Ross, you were part of the Mandarin Oriental family and I miss you dearly! Till we meet again, Philipp

  29. Robert and Barbara Robb on February 26, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    We are members of Old South and we live in New Hampshire and that caused us to plan our Sunday’s to include a walk from Old South to Starbucks on Boylston Street and thus we met Ross. We asked him his name and he said “Ross”. I said “ My name is Robb and we must be brothers. We shook hands and embraced and always thereafter our Boston day included “Ross”. One day he said to us, “ Someone asked, “ Isn’t that old white couple afraid of you? He replied, Why? I would never hurt them, HE NEVER DID! Ross, May the Risen One Enjoy you as much as we did.

  30. Elizabeth on February 26, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    I am so sad to hear this news. I always enjoyed running into Ross and talking with him about basketball. He was so friendly and greeted everyone with a smile. I’ll certainly miss seeing him around…the Back Bay won’t be the same.

  31. edward d borash on February 26, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Ross was a great guy.Every time I left my office he would give me a shout out. It made my day to hear his voice. He was always so happy and friendly. Just a horrible tragedy. RIP

  32. Lady on February 26, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    My condolences to the family. I really didn’t get to know him but what I do know that Marc was a wonderful free spirited. he always had good energy and that’s what I loved about him . He will be missed!! Rest In Paradise Marc!!!

  33. Michael K on February 26, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Ross touched the lives of tens of thousands of people (at least) on Boylston Street throughout the years and was quiet frankly more popular than local celebrities. In my opinion this man needs a plaque or some sort of monument on Boylston street to immortalize his jolly spirit. Rest easy Ross, I’ll be having a beer for outside near your spot for you buddy

  34. Kristi on February 27, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I am so sad to hear about Ross’ passing. Ross had an infectious smile and warm personality. He was outgoing, kind, light-hearted, and real. I loved chatting with him about everything from sports to politics to what crazy things people were doing on Boylston Street. Ross went out of his way to get to know people in a time when that doesn’t happen very much. I looked forward to our regular check-ins at Dunkin’. Ross also had a generous spirit. He was quick to offer gifts when he had them and was always so sweet with my kids (who so enjoyed knowing him). Ross’ presence will be sorely missed in the Back Bay by everyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends.

  35. Nicole on February 27, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Ross was one of my favorite faces every time I entered and left work at 745 Boylston. We talked each other through hard times in our lives. Even after I moved on with my career, I would stop by to visit and to make sure he was ok. Keep on smiling and laughing Ross! Boylston will miss you!

  36. Ross Family on February 27, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    The Ross Family would like to thank everyone that sent their love, support, and condolences to our family. We are overwhelmed at this time with the loss of Marc, but reading all of your tributes, stories, and comments about Marc will definitely help our family get through this one day at a time. We loved Marc and he loved us, and I know he loved all of you as well. Marc will definitely be missed by all – again, our family is so thankful to know he had people that cared for him and loved him. “Ross, King of Boylston Street” will be missed, but never forgotten.

  37. Becky on February 27, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    A true optimist and authentically kind man. Qualities that seem to challenge folks in the world we live in today.
    Rest In Peace Ross and healing thoughts to your family.

  38. Jessica on February 28, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Ross ❤️ May your soul rest in the sweetest sweetest place, you were always so kind, always seemed so happy. Always smiling xo

  39. Warren Singleton on February 28, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    My condolences to Ross family. Always 1 love.

  40. Drea on February 28, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Ross made so many of my mornings brighter and I will miss him very much.

  41. John Herrera on February 28, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Ross was my friend. I saw him often on my DD run on Boylston Street. He always had an infectious smile and laughter. He would call my mom “mama” and she always felt at ease with his presence. The city of Boston and all who knew him lost an amazing person. RIP dear friend.

  42. Shannon Schultz on February 29, 2020 at 1:30 am

    I met Ross years ago on Boylston Street but he told me his name was “Big Daddy” so that’s what I always knew him as. We would often share a pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups while he told me a funny story. He was so positive and nice to everyone. He will be missed.

  43. Brent Huot on February 29, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Rest In Peace Ross. You never failed to put a smile on my face during my walks down Boylston Street.

  44. toni Parisi on February 29, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    He was always happy. Always grateful. What a loss.

  45. Morgan on February 29, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Boylston will not be the same – we will all miss his smiling face.

  46. Chris on March 1, 2020 at 3:30 am

    My condolences to my Ross Family

    I’ve heard many great things about Marc, but never had the pleasure of meeting him!

    Your cousin,

  47. Andre on March 3, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Rip sir!

  48. EM on March 3, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Boylston Street isn’t the same without Ross’s friendly face. Sending my condolences to his family. May you take comfort in the many people whose lives he had a positive impact on.

  49. Mike on March 3, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    I work on the Duck Boats. He was always smiling at the Ducks going by, saying hello. He’d always make people smile. He’d be really funny and get all the people rolling, laughing with him. I talked to him a couple times and He could brighten you up. A good Man. My condolences.

  50. Phil on March 3, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    RIP Ross. One of Back Bay’s finest. Tragic loss, but will never be forgotten.

  51. Daniel on March 4, 2020 at 5:41 am

    I talked with Ross almost every week. He had such a great smile and had a lot of positive vibes to give. He always knew how to make you laugh.

    See you on the otherside, Ross.

  52. Adwa on March 4, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I was in long visit in boston
    For almost two years
    I really feel sorry for the bad news
    He was such a great man

  53. RIP Ross on March 4, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I’m hurt by this because Marc was homeless.
    To find out now that he had so many family
    & friends is upsetting because why didn’t they take him in?? Every time I saw Ross he was outside and alone. Where were all these people then?!? You’re not alone anymore Ross. You’re in God’s loving arms.

  54. The Ross Family on March 5, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Please note, Marc was not HOMELESS, he had his own place, family, and friends to go to whenever he wanted to do so. Marc was always on Boylston Street and in the Copley area. We ask you to remember this is a place to share your condolences, not a place to share what you thought you knew about Marc. DO NOT post untrue comments on this site if you do not have accurate information. MARC AARON ROSS was a man that was happy and enjoyed being out and about. Thank you for respecting Marc’s friends and Family that are grieving; this is for the nameless person that posted the untrue comments about Marc being homeless and alone.

  55. Donald in the South End on March 5, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    “Like a thunder clap on a clear day…” So came the news.

    Ross was known to many as Big Daddy Bubbalicious, by his own choosing. I knew him as “Hey, Mr. Mayor!” He knew me as “Hey, Guv!”

    He taught a lot to a lot of people, mainly by being him.

    To his family, his friends and acquaintances: Blessings.

  56. Maria on March 10, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Bye booga rest In peace . See you on the other side. Sorry

  57. Michelle M on March 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Ross was such a wonderful man. I am so sad to hear of his passing. I used to see him on my Dunkin’ Donuts run. He’d always stop for a quick chat. I’d ask ” How are you?” and Ross would say “Oh, you know – Livin’ the dream!” He always made me smile. His positive attitude was infectious, you couldn’t stay in a bad mood with Ross around. What a wonderful man. He is sorely missed on Boylston Street, it just isn’t the same. I guess Ross was needed up in Heaven to make the good Lord smile. My condolences to the family.

  58. M Saul on March 12, 2020 at 12:22 am

    My deepest condolences to the Ross Family, you are in my prayers. Brother Marc you will be missed so very much.You were a blessing to us all. Thank you for always bringing sunshine and joy to your Back Bay friends, it was an honor to know you.
    Rest In Peace

  59. Rob S. on August 9, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Hi – is there a place the family could suggest for anyone wishing to make a donation in Marc’s memory? We miss Ross dearly and would like to contribute to a cause that was important to him.

  60. Ross Family on August 30, 2020 at 2:16 am

    Hello Rob S., thank you for inquiry, my brother, Marc loved animals so I suggest Animal Rescue League of Boston. I remember when we were kids he used to bring dogs home, and when he was older he worked at a farm in Norton, MA. He really loved all animals. Thank you.

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