LifeNotes: Martin J. Ross, Father of ‘MusicRow’ Founder David Ross, Passes

Martin Ross

Martin J. Ross

Condolences to MusicRow founder David M. Ross whose father Martin J. Ross passed away Jan. 31 in Palm Beach, Fla. at age 91. A private family service was held in Florida. He is survived by his beloved wife Marion; sons David and Larry; David’s wife Susana; and granddaughters Michelle (Ross) Stephens and Isabel Ross.

Martin Ross graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1943. Following graduation he became an ensign in the US Navy serving aboard the destroyer Bennett in the South Pacific for three years. During WW II he survived eight major military engagements and two kamikaze attacks, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

After the war, he joined the Bargain Center in Quincy, Mass., a company started by his father and two friends in 1937. Martin became a key architect in the second generation growth and development of that company. During his Bargain Center tenure he pioneered retirement profit sharing and other policies which greatly benefitted the lives of his employees. The Bargain Center, nicknamed affectionately, “The Bargie,” closed its doors in 1986 after 50 years in business.


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Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

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