October 28, 2021 - September 18, 2008
Howard William Gross was taken from his family and friends Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at the young age of 27. Known as “Howie” or “Duck” to the many who loved him, he was a loving, caring, giving, gentle man with a passion for life, his family, and his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He treated his beloved wife, Callie, as a princess and was an excited, proud father-to-be with their first baby. They met while coaching Special Olympics in high school, and their compassion for others bound them for life. Born and raised in Michigan, Howie and Callie came to the Pittsburgh area to set up new roots with both of them working for the Heinz Company. They bought their first house in Baden and have been lovingly updating and personalizing it. They were active in their church, Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, which has become their family away from family. He started life with a struggle, being born two months prematurely, but God had other plans for this wonderful young man. His passing leaves a black hole in the minds and hearts of all his friends and family; Callie Gross, wife and expecting mother; mother and father, Esperanza Santos-Gross and Howard M. Gross; brothers and sisters, Alfredo Morales and nephew, Santiago, Danny Gross, Mikey, Adam and nephew, Baby Adam, Katie and Jessica; sister-in-law, Kara Phillips; mother- and father-in-law, Pam and Bruce Phillips; many aunts and uncles from the Santos, Gallardo, and Phillips families; godmother, Linda Maly; and godfather, Billy Gross. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, where services will immediately follow. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME of CRANBERRY.