Douglas Martin Ross

Published 12:27 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019

Colington – On July 7, 2019 Douglas Martin Ross, 67, died peacefully in his Outer Banks home surrounded by his loving family.

Doug was born and raised in Newport News, VA. He graduated from Warwick High School in 1970 and was always proud to be called a “farmer.” Doug then attended Thomas Nelson Community College where he studied Oceanography, Marine Science and Emergency Medicine. He retired from Newport News Fire Department after 25 years of service as a Master Medic/Firefighter. He also worked as a Curatorial Technician for Mariner’s Museum from 1978-1988. Following his retirement from NNFD Doug moved his family to the OBX of NC where he volunteered for Colington Volunteer FD.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Ruthann, and his beloved son, Alexander and his wife, Tricia. He was also the proud grandparent to William and Kaitlyn. Doug is also survived by his sister, Emily Ross Woodward, a brother-in-law, James Hux, his sister-in-law, Darrell Kelley Curtis and her husband, Dennis. Additional survivors include numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a very special friend, Vicky Sterling.

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We will miss Doug, especially his laugh and never-ending stories, but most of all his love of mankind. Plans for an oceanfront memorial service are pending. Details will be available in the near future at

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements.