Clair Gross

Clair E Gross

January 24, 1938 - September 2, 2020
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Clair E Gross, 82, passed away at the Reading Hospital, Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Claire Gross and Naomi Lillis Gross and was the beloved husband of the late Ruth (Angstadt) Gross, who passed in February 2006.

He graduated from Reading High School in 1955 and went on to earn a B.S. and Masters in Music Education at West Chester State College (University).

Clair worked as a instrumental Music Teacher at Southern Junior High School, Reading, PA for 30 years until retirement in June 1992. During his time employed by the Reading School District, he also served as Assistant Director of the Reading High School Marching Band for four years (1964-68)

He self-proclaimed that "music is my life" and was very involved in local musical performance. Clair loved to play his tuba and did so in numerous local symphonies including Pottstown Symphony Orchestra (since 1980), Reading Symphony Orchestra (since 1977), and Reading Pops Orchestra (since 1969) - all of which he was Principal Tuba. Additionally, he played in the Pottstown Band (22 years), Ringgold Band (20 years), and was a founding member of the Reading Brass Quintet (16 years).

Besides his vast musical interests, Clair also loved to travel all around the world. He was a great fan of railroads, specifically the steam locomotive, and was a member of the Reading Company Technical Historical Society.

Clair is survived by his sons; Michael Keeney of Fleetwood, husband of Patricia, and Robert Keeney of Wyomissing, husband of the late Cindy. His sister Patricia Niemczyk, wife of the late Lawrence Jr., longtime companion Anna Dower, and four nieces and one nephew as well as three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen (Tina), wife of the late Ronald E. Toth.

A service will be held Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading. Burial will follow at Berks County Memorial Gardens. Friends may call Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the form of donations to the Reading Musical Foundation, 201 Washington St. Reading, PA 19601. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc, 739 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA 19611 is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at
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  • Visitation

    September 8, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Service

    September 8, 2020 | 11:00am
    September 8, 2020 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Dr. Brett Reider
  • Interment

    September 8, 2020 | 12:30pm
    September 8, 2020 12:30pm
    Berks County Memorial Gardens
    201 Evansville Road
    FLEETWOOD, PA 19522
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Leonard Simmons

Posted at 11:15am
My condolences to the family of Mr. Claire Gross. I knew Mr. Gross as musical director/ teacher at Southern Junior High and later
as Assistant Director of the Reading High Marching Band. Mr. gross was a great teacher who made class fun. He was a mentor
and good friend to us at that time in our lives.
R.I.P. .... God Bless
Len Simmons - SJHS1965

Rudy & Lia Estrada Posted at 10:45pm

My condolences to the family of Mr. Claire Gross. I knew Mr. Gross for 15 years when we first move the reading area and become neighbors and good friends. He always share good stories about his life and his love for music and his adventures traveling around the world and the must relevant memory is that he knew my home country as he was delighted by the train industry and traditions. Rest In Peace Mr Clair as my Three daughters use to call him all the time The Estrada Family

Charles Weiser

Posted at 02:16pm
What a wonderful career! I’m so proud to have shared the stage for so many years.
Charles Weiser.

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