Allen Ross of Dexter, Maine Honored

Allen Ross, the husband of our cousin Amelda “Amy” (Gregory) Ross has been honored by the Maine Courts for his service as a mediator and advocate.

Allen Ross (seated in center)

The October 19, 2011 announcement issued by Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court:

“Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court today announced the recipients of the Judicial Branch Special Service Award, and the Advocate For Justice Award. The Special Service Award is given to that person or persons who consistently contributes above and beyond expected job responsibilities to further the Judicial Branch mission, and the Advocate For Justice Award is awarded to that person, judge, employee, legislator, public official, lawyer or citizen who has most effectively championed the cause of justice in our society.

The Special Service Award was awarded to Allen Ross of Dexter, Maine. Mr. Ross became a mediator for the Judicial Branch in 1998, after retiring from teaching in the Dexter School System for 33 years. In his mediation duties, Mr. Ross helped initiate mediation for grandparents caught up in child custody issues. He also served for many years as a volunteer and on the Board of Womancare, an organization that helps victims of domestic abuse. Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said, “Al’s everyday acts of kindness around the courthouse are legendary. In a place where so much of the work revolves around disputes, Al was always kind, thoughtful and caring with all who entered the courthouse. It is such a privilege for us to recognize Al Ross for the wonderful work he has done in Maine Courts for over a decade.

During a ceremony at the Newport District Court, State Representative Ken Fredette also presented Mr. Ross with a legislative sentiment in honor of the occasion. Judges, clerks, members of the bar, family and friends, were in attendance and offered congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Ross.”

http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Court_News&id=313312&v=article

In addition, the Bangor Daily News published a very nice article about Al, his service and the Special Service Award:

Court system honors Dexter man for work as mediator for grandparents

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

Posted Oct. 20,
2011, at 4:03 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — Grandparents in court battles over custody issues in rural Penobscot and Piscataquis counties didn’t have to face the system alone. For more than two decades, Allen Ross stood beside them to help them navigate the system.

Ross, 76, of Dexter was honored Monday at a small ceremony in Newport District Court with the Judicial Branch Special Award for his 23 years of service as a family mediator.

The Special Service Award is given to a person who consistently contributes above and beyond expected job responsibilities to further the mission of the court system, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Leigh I. Saufley, chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

“Al’s everyday acts of kindness around the courthouse are legendary,” Saufley said in the press release. “In a place where so much of the work revolves around disputes, Al was always kind, thoughtful and caring with all who entered the courthouse. It is such a privilege for us to recognize Al Ross for the wonderful work he has done in Maine courts.”

Ross became a court mediator in 1998 after retiring from a 33-year career teaching history in the Dexter School District, his wife, Amy Ross, 75, of Dexter said Thursday in a telephone interview.

Allen Ross had to give up his work in the court system earlier this year due to health problems that impaired his ability to speak, his wife said.

“He loved being a mediator,” she said. “It was his pride and joy. He loved the contact with people and the satisfaction of speaking his mind completely.”

His work began in Dover-Foxcroft District Court, but he also traveled to Lincoln District Court during the first decade of his career. More recently, he worked at Newport District Court.

“Sometimes he had just one case a week, other times, he did four a week,” Amy Ross said. “I have no idea how many cases he worked on over the years.”

In addition to his work with the court system, he also served for many years as a volunteer and on the Board of Womancare, an organization based in Dover-Foxcroft that helps victims of domestic abuse.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/10/20/news/court/court-system-honors-dexter-man-for-work-as-mediator-for-grandparents/
printed on October 21, 2011 .

Al has been courageously battling cancer this past year, and we all wish him well.

“Old blue hair” would be very proud of you Al.

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