Community remembers Ross Love

Ross Love
Ross Love

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email


CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Loved ones, friends and colleagues gathered Wednesday night to mourn the loss of and celebrate the life of Ross Love.

The former Procter & Gamble executive donated countless dollars and time to help those in the Cincinnati community, and tonight, hundreds gathered at the Crossroads Community Church in Oakley to celebrate Love.

Friends shared stories at the service.

"Throughout his business career, he was known for his creativity," said Thomas Cody. "His vision. His boundless energy. His absolute integrity."

Dozens of people in the audience said they came to the service because they were inspired by Love's legacy.

"He empowered me with things that he contributed to us," said Arthur Campbell, an outreach worker with CIRV or the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence. "He meant a whole lot to me as a young black man to follow in his footsteps."

Love's brother Steven read a letter Love's son wrote to his father.

"A man worthy of such gathering to celebrate a marvelous life," read Steve Love. "My friend. My counsel. My father."

Love passed away last week at Christ Hospital. He was 64 years old.

He once owned Blue Chip broadcasting, which ran the Buzz, the Wiz and Mojo -- Cincinnati's most popular African-American radio stations. Love also helped organize CAN or 'Community Action Now' which addressed issues of race after the riots in 2001. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce named Love, "Great Living Cincinnatian" in 2008.

"Ross Love was a frontline player," said friend J. Kenneth Blackwell. "He made a difference because he engaged."

And Wednesday night, the people Ross Love worked so hard to serve, took time out to honor his work and his love for Cincinnati.

"We've received hundreds of letters, cards, emails of support," said brother Steven Love. "And I just want to say to the city of CIncinnati and the Greater Cincinnati area, thank you very much."

In lieu of flowers, Love's family is asking that you send your special tribute to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

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