Richard Gross, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Gross Electric Inc., died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the age of 86.
He retired about five years ago from the company that his father started in 1910 in Sylvania Township, OH. Gross Electric was once the biggest appliance dealer in northwest Ohio but now sells lighting and electrical products. The company has locations and showrooms in Sylvania Township, OH, Northwood, OH, and Ann Arbor, MI.
Gross was a former Regional Vice President of the National Association of Electrical Distributors. In Toledo, he was president of Jewish Family Service and chairman of the Better Business Bureau. He served on the International Institute of Greater Toledo board and, in 1982, received its Distinguished Service award.
"He loved Toledo, and he loved knowing he was making a difference in the community," his daughter and current Gross Electric President Laurie Gross said.
Gross was born Oct. 29, 1927, to Anna and George "Joe" Gross. He was an ardent supporter of the Toledo Symphony and was a founding member of the former Glengarry Country Club and helped out when the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic LPGA tournament started there. He and his wife, Marion, traveled the world. He read countless news magazines and three newspapers daily.
Surviving are his wife, Marion Gross, whom he married April 5, 1952; daughters, Laurie Gross, Marcia Miller, and Paulette Collins; son, Joe Gross; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.