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2018
Luke's 18th Birthday
in Heaven


IN MEMORY OF
Lucas Christopher Ross "Luke"
21
October 31, 1979 - April 3, 2001
Acute Bronchopneumonia


Music Playing:
AMERICAN PIE





THE MUSIC DIED


AMERICAN PIE

By: Don McLean

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And, I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance, and...
Maybe they'd be happy for a while
But, February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep - I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside the day the music died

So, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...
This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Did you write the Book of Love and do you have faith in God, above?
If the Bible tells you so
Now, do you believe in Rock and Roll? Can music save your mortal soul? And...
Can you teach me how to dance real slow?
Well, I know that you're in love with him, 'cause I saw you dancing in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes - man, I dig those rhythm and blues
I was a lonely, teenage broncin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck, but...
I knew I was out of luck the day the music died

I started singing, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...
This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Now, for ten years we've been on our own and moss grows fat on a Rolling Stone, but...
That's not how it used to be
When the Jester sang for the king and queen in a coat he borrowed from James Dean
In a voice that came from you and me
Oh, and while the King was looking down the Jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned - no verdict was returned
And, while Lennon read a book on Marx the quartet practiced in the park, and...
We sang dirges in the dark the day the music died

We were singing, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...
This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Healter Skealter in the summer swelter - the Birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight Miles High and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass with the Jester on the sidelines in a cast
Now, the halftime air was sweet perfume while the Sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance, oh, but we never got the chance
'Cause the players tried to take the field - the marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?

We started singing, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...
This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

And, there we were, all in one place - a generation Lost in Space
With no time left to start again
So, come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick - Jack Flash sat on a Candlestick, 'cause...
Fire is the Devil's only friend
And, as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell could break that satan's spell
And, as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite, I saw...
Satan laughing with delight the day the music died

He was singing, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...
This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

I met a girl who sang the Blues, and I asked her for some happy news
She just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store where I'd heard the music years before, but...
The man there said the music wouldn't play
And, in the streets the children screamed, the lover's cried, and the poets dreamed, but...
Not a word was spoken - the church bells all were broken
And, the three men I admire most: the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, they...
Caught the last train for the coast the day the music died

And, they were singing, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...
This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

They were singing, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...
This'll be the day that I die




THAT HOME OF LONG AGO


The front door had that same old squeak
As I entered that empty place.
The walls were bare, the furniture gone
And the sounds of life had ceased.

I was at that place of long ago
Where he took his final breath,
Hoping to find some memories
Or maybe something that was left.

I took a breath and inhaled deep
My lungs filled with musty air.
"Please take me back to yesterday."
I pleaded to God in a prayer.

I opened the door to his room,
There he was sitting on the floor,
Singing a song with a smile on his face,
Strumming away on that old guitar.

He looked up at me and nodded,
So I reached out to stroke his hair,
But just as I did everything that I saw
Faded away and disappeared.

I knew my prayer had been answered
So I got down on my knees
To say a prayer of thankfulness
For all that was given to me.

As I walked away from his room
I turned back for one last glance
And there he was with his hand held out
Saying... "May I have this dance?"

We danced across the bedroom floor
And we danced right down the hall.
Then he bowed and kissed my hand
And said..."I'm so glad you came to call."

I smiled at him as he said "Goodbye".
Then he turned and faded away,
But somehow in that moment of time
I returned to yesterday.

The front door squeaked when I closed it
As I left that "so-called" empty place
Where I found some long lost memories
From a life that never ceased.

2010 Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001



Luke's first guitar



"Not only did Luke play music...but music played his soul."

~ Christine Ross (Luke's Mom)




"Luke, I remember when you sang in a progrm at Scottsdale Community college. I felt so proud of you and the very special young man you had become. I also remember when you had your band and you would practice, and you would tell us about playing your guitar with your friends. You were so happy sharing your musical talent. You were so happy when you shared yourself to help others, always quick to give and to forgive. Luke, you taught me so much and are still teaching me. I love and miss you so much Luke. THANK YOU!"

~ Robin Ross (Luke's Dad)



"Luke and I used to stand outside of coffee shops with his guitar case opened, while he played and I sang. We never got any tips because of my singing."

~ Emily Ross (Luke's sister)



I remember being amazed at how musically talented he was. I told him that I had played the bass guitar before and he encouraged me to get one again. So I did, and we started a band together, kind of. It was mainly just me and him. We used to go to the Guitar Center and he'd pick a guitar and I pick a bass and we would go into their soundproof room and played until they came and kicked us out.

~ Ernie (Luke's friend)



"I will always remember Luke's amazing musical ability and still see him with a guitar in his hands, a song in his heart and a smile on his face."

~ Annette (Luke's friend)




One of the most important things Luke brought to our lives was happiness and laughter. I remember one day in particular, when everyone in my office was making fun of me and because I had a song in my head, "Lucas With The Lid Off". It had only been Lucas' first day and his name is what reminded me of this song that had long been forgotten. I had Jennifer on the phone and everyone in the office making fun of me when Lucas came walking through the door... you know with that bouncy strut being as cool as can be. I asked Lucas right away... "Do you remember the song Lucas With The Lid Off?" Instantly he began singing the song and getting everyone in the office and Jennifer on the phone laughing hysterically. Lucas has the power to make people laugh from city to city and even state to state with even on little comment. He is an unbelievable person with unbelievable talent.

~ Jim (Luke's friend)




He had such a gift with music. I loved listening to him sing and play his guitar. The first time I met Luke we were with a group of friends at Mt. Lemon in Tucson. He was singing and playing his guitar and there was a group of people around him. He was amazing.

~ Melissa (Luke's friend)




Stopped by to say hello to strangers in my mission. Listened to techno with you and Mike wich was against my rules, but I know you were just trying to be hospitable. Offered drinks and talked for an hour and a half about life and music. Your the man, Luke. See you soon, bro.

~ Elder Joshua (missionary)



"I remember Luke coming up to the shop one weekend, playing his guitar, while people gathered around to listen. It was a fun day."

~ Mary (worked at our shop in Carefree near Cave Creek)






I miss jamming to 97 Octain in your car (it never got old). I miss all of you.

~ Julie (Luke's friend)




Luke had a beautiful voice.

~ Michelle (Luke's friend)



"Though the singer is silent, there still is the truth of the song."

~ John Denver




THIS OLD GUITAR

This old guitar taught me to sing a love song
It showed me how to laugh and how to cry
It introduced me to some friends of mine
And brightened up some days
It helped me make it through some lonely nights
Oh, what a friend to have on a cold and lonely night

~ John Denver





"No matter how tough it is, no matter how bad it looks, hold your head up high and everything is going to work out."

~ Luke Ross







FOREVER 21


2018 - 18TH BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN



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2018 Luke's Place at Home



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2018 Spooky



2018 Jack



2018 Sherman



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BIRTHDAY GIFTS FOR LUKE

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Age 1 - 21



2001 - 2010
FIRST 10 BIRTHDAYS IN HEAVEN



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"VISIT WITH LUKE"

Last Entry in Luke's Journal:

"When there is love in my heart and a smile on my face,
I need nothing else." ~ Luke Ross

"MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU"

Music playing:
AMERICAN PIE