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Year: 2015

Ronald Joseph Ross was a well-known, true Territorian transport identity. He was born on the 26th January 1953, the son of Alan (dec) and Mary Ross (dec) of Stuart Park, Darwin and the second eldest of eight children.

Rossie as many knew him, started driving trucks at a very early age, as his father taught him the fundamentals of driving and he took every opportunity to drive any truck. He worked in the family business Alan Ross & Co delivering fuel and goods to remote aboriginal communities in some of the most isolated areas of the Northern Territory, along with his father and brothers, Kevin, John, Alan Jnr. and Peter (dec).

Ronnie worked in the trucking industry for over 30 years, with his earlier years being involved with the family business and later with Ascots. He started working with Shell in early 1978, first on the drum platform and later that year as a roadtrain driver, at which he excelled. Ronnie drove Shell roadtrains for the next 11 years travelling between Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and anywhere in between covering over 1.5 million accident free kilometres.

He decided to start out on his own in 1989 and bought a Valueliner from Shell and started moving houses all around the Northern Territory. He had valuable input into the development of the permit guidelines for the movement of oversize houses in the Northern Territory. His last acquisition before he passed away was the Mack Superliner that was his pride and joy.

Ronnie passed away on the 2nd August 1998 after a short illness. He touched so many people from Darwin down through to Alice Springs and anywhere in-between with his kindness and generosity in some kind of way.

Ronnie left behind his wife Karen and his two beautiful girls, Rebecca and Kelsey whom he loved and adored.

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