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#41 dat240zg



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 02:24 PM

Oh, man!  I'm off the site for a couple months and this happens!  Ross always went the extra mile for me.  He was one of those guys who didn't mind answering questions that I'm sure for him were basic but for me might as well have been nuclear science.  Like Mike, he'd call me up after an order just to make sure that there were no hangups at the border, etc.


Life is precious (and fleeting).  We'll be praying for the Corrigans tonight! 




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Posted 18 June 2013 - 09:40 AM

Godspeed Ross. 

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:10 PM

Godspeed Ross,

You touched so many lives here in the Z community, always helping out, we have lost a very special person and will be truly missed....but always fondly remembered.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 10:45 AM

Was wondering why I couldn't reach anyone by Email this is a very sad thing to hear, my condolences to his family. 

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:41 PM

My condolences to the family

As another has said: the more I touch the more I break.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:55 AM

This is such sad news. He was responsive and supportive in all my dealings with him. I have many of Ross's parts on my 280Z and each and every one worked perfectly. His contributions and inovations to our Z community will live on he will be greatly missed.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 04:18 PM

Very sad to hear about this.  I bought many great parts from Ross over the years for the race car and they have all performed flawlessly.  Rest in peace.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:57 PM

Man this is not good, my condolences to the family.

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#49 Drax240z


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 08:02 PM

Ross had just turned 41 years old when he passed.


I've been checked out of the Z community for a while, but just came across this news... and it hit me like a ton of bricks. In my early Z days 15+ years ago, Ross and I happened to be living in the same city. We corresponded a lot before there was a MML, tossing around ideas on parts or builds much like many of you did with him. Ross was a true gearhead at heart. We also shared the experience of both being engineers in the real world. Over the years Ross and I would cross paths at various autocross and car show events in the area, and occasionally we'd phone and catch up. Ross could talk your ear off! :)


I learned at the time that Ross had already recovered from a form of cancer in his late 20's. We talked at length about ways to make the Z quiet and retain power, as one of the side effects of his previous sickness and treatments was an acute sensitivity to certain pitches and sounds. Ross never saw this as a problem, it was merely a challenge to overcome. We moved on to other projects and products, some of which he sold for years.


Ross has touched so many in the Z community, and just about every Datsun person in this area knew Ross or knew of him. Everyone had time for him. He left a positive impression with all those he met. He was just a great guy all around.


Its been a few years since he and I talked at length... I always expected he and I would cross paths at a local event soon, and grab a beer and catch up. I'm deeply saddened that won't happen.


Frank, I am terribly sorry for your loss, as a parent myself I cannot imagine your grief. You raised one hell of a son.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:08 AM

My condolences to the Family.   Very sad news to find this out today.  I went to his website this morning and looked here for answers.   I purchased his rear brake kit many years ago, but he always treated me as if I was his best customer.  He will be missed.

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#51 echo006


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:43 PM

Seriously upstanding guy. Even if you were not buying anything, he was always more than happy to share information and educate people on the finer points of modifying. Didn't matter if you were buying or window shopping, he was a class act. My prayers are out to your family and he will be deeply missed in the family of z.

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:07 PM

God bless you.

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 01:40 PM

I never had the opportunity to purchase parts from him for my Zeto...
But I would like to send my condolences to his family, friends, and supporters...

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:29 PM

Wow just read this.  My condolences to his family.  I have met Frank and Ross over the years as i live all but 30 minutes away from him.  I found his car after it was stolen, unfourtunatley it lead to a police chase where it was wrapped around a pole and destroyed.  The car was a v8 car that was his test platform for all his great parts.  Thanks for all the great days!!

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:40 PM

So very sad to hear about this while doing research on parts and for my very first post here.  My deepest thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family.  May you find peace and light with close friends and family members in these darkest moments.

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 10:05 AM

  I am deeply sadened by this news. I bought many parts from Ross and found him to be a great guy to do buisiness with. He was always helpfull when I had questions. He will be missed, my condolences to his family.    Tom

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 05:24 PM

Man - I have been disconnected and just found out about this today.


Beyond anything else - I felt like Ross was my friend. As JohnC mentioned Ross and John spent several days at my house in Florida. I used to speak to him frequently...


SOOO sad right now...


I'll miss you Ross - sorry I didn't hear sooner....


If there's anything I can do for his family - if they are following this thread, please reach out to me...

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:15 AM

Wow. Terrible news. Bought the first parts for my car from him when I was 15 now 10 years ago (coil overs) and for the first time this past weekend we drove it. Really saddened to hear this. Rest in peace.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:21 AM

My condolences. He had a great thing going for our Z community. 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:58 PM

I'm so sorry to hear this also, prayers for his family. Rest in peace



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