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“Dear Susan & Family, I am so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. He was so full of energy & attitude, I thought he would live forever. I enjoyed his...Read More »
1 of 42 | Posted by: Karen Donofrio

“I am very sorry to hear that Joe passed away. I always enjoyed chatting with him after events at Severn. My late father, Wayne, and I also liked to...Read More »
2 of 42 | Posted by: Dan Ericson - Chevy Chase, MD

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Marcelle Lee and family ”
3 of 42 | Posted by: Marcelle Lee - Severna Park, MD

“Susan I am very sorry for your loss. Linda and I had dinner with Connie and Rob a couple of weeks ago and I asked how Joe was doing. I didn't see...Read More »
4 of 42 | Posted by: tom riordan - Plano, TX

“Today I found out about Joe's passing. Was totally shocked. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. We, Chuck and I , have fond memories of Joe...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Kerry Baldwin - Arnold, MD

“Susan: Back in the days when I covered Navy sports, I always enjoyed attending games and press conferences with Joe. While we were never close...Read More »
6 of 42 | Posted by: Tom Stuckey - Annapolis, MD

“Joe will be missed by us all. With sympathy. ”
7 of 42 | Posted by: Sharon Corbett - Annapolis, MD

“I was so sorry to hear of the loss of one of your wonderful family. ”
8 of 42 | Posted by: Beth Hufnagel - Elkridge, MD

“So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. Ricka ”
9 of 42 | Posted by: Ricka Fine - Owings Mills, MD

“Joe didn't pass on, he passed over to a better place. His family and friends will pass him on through their minds and their hearts. Every time they...Read More »
10 of 42 | Posted by: Ken B. Dunn

“Susan I'm truly sorry about the loss of your husband--my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
11 of 42 | Posted by: Patricia Barnhart - Jarrettsville, MD

“Susan I am so sorry for your loss. I greatly enjoyed my frequent chats with Joe when he covered Navy sports and I was the Team Physician. I loved...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: Edward McDevitt - Annapolis, MD

“Susan, My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the loss of Joe. I certainly have very fond memories of both of you as do my children ...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: norman goldberg - NY - Friend

“Susan, My thoughts are with you and your family. Allison ”
14 of 42 | Posted by: Allison Ernst - Baltimore, MD

“Susan, Max and Mara, Gary and I will forever smile when we think of Joe. And I am particularly grateful for his many kindnesses to me in the press...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: Susan Reimer - Annapolis, MD

“We were terribly saddened to hear of Joe's passing and we will miss him. We send his family and friends our thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 42 | Posted by: Brian and Tina Henley - Annapolis, MD

“Susan...thinking of you, Mara and Max.... L ”
17 of 42 | Posted by: Linda Schulte - Westminster, MD

“I am so sorry for your loss, Susan. You and your family are in my thoughts. Sincerely, Mandie Boardman ”
18 of 42 | Posted by: Mandie Boardman - Baltimore, MD

“Dear Susan and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. As an Annapolis icon, Joe's spirit will live on in the fond...Read More »
19 of 42 | Posted by: Karen Cook - Annapolis, MD

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Susan. ”
20 of 42 | Posted by: Judy Micek - Grasonville, MD

“Dear Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers. Janet Lea ”
21 of 42 | Posted by: Janet Lea Haddock - Arnold, MD

“Susan and family, My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Gretchen ”
22 of 42 | Posted by: Gretchen Tomkies - Annapolis, MA

“Sincere Condonlences to you and your family. My prayers are with you. Linda Martinak AACC - CPE ”
23 of 42 | Posted by: Linda Martinak - Marriottsville, MD

“We appreciate Joe and his family for all his support for the efforts of our entire family in work, theater and life. Steve and Jackie ”
24 of 42 | Posted by: Steve Hammond and Jackie Jackson - MD

“Susan, My prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your husband. Kathy ”
25 of 42 | Posted by: Kathy Hays

“Please accept my condolences for your loss. I sincerely appreciated Joe’s devotion to reporting high school sports. I always enjoyed our...Read More »
26 of 42 | Posted by: Terry Bogle - Millersville, MD

“Thoughts n prayers with the family. Wonderful memories will live on with all. Ginny Bell ”
27 of 42 | Posted by: Ginny bell - Arnold, MD

“Susan, Mara, Max, May you find comfort in your loving memories of Joe during these sad times. His passing leaves a great void in the Annapolis...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: Debbie McDaniel-Shaughney - MD

“Susan, With sympathy for your loss. Joe was a great guy. Love, The Edelsteins ”
29 of 42 | Posted by: Gale and Roy Edelstein - Riva, MD

“Dear Susan, Mara, Max, Frank and Diane, I was so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. As an Annapolitan I've enjoyed reading his columns and heard many...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: Kathy Jones - MD - friend

“Dear Susan - My heart goes out to you and Mara and Max. I will continue to send you my strongest and warmest thoughts and prayers. Whatever you...Read More »
31 of 42 | Posted by: Laurie Farrell

“Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. Hold tight to wonderful memories for comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ...Read More »
32 of 42 | Posted by: Debi Mercado

“Susan, My thoughts are with you and your family. Rena Burkowsky ”
33 of 42 | Posted by: Rena Burkowsky

“Dear Susan, Mara and Max, My heart goes out to all of you. May you treasure all the wonderful memories you shared with Joe. Sending prayers to you...Read More »
34 of 42 | Posted by: Heather Ailstock - Crofton

“Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~Cleveland Smith ”
35 of 42 | Posted by: Cleveland Smith - Arnold, MD

“Susan- Joe was one of a kind--and we all will miss him. Know that the whole community has you and your family in their thoughts! ”
36 of 42 | Posted by: Ruth Rentch

“Susan - so very, very sorry for your loss. Your friends at AACC are sending prayers for you and your family. ”
37 of 42 | Posted by: Melissa Beardmore

“Susan, Mara and Max...thinking of you all during this difficult time. ~Trish ”
38 of 42 | Posted by: Trish Eyerly - Arnold, MD

“Dear Susan, we are here for you and your family. -Charlie ”
39 of 42 | Posted by: Charles West

“Susan, Please accept our condolences for your loss. We truly appreciate Joe's commitment and support of our local sports community and the AACC...Read More »
40 of 42 | Posted by: David Earl - Annapolis, MD

“Prayers for you Susan. May God Hold you in His hands. ”
41 of 42 | Posted by: Kathy Jo Keever - Stevensville, MD

“Susan, so sorry for you loss. My prayers are with you and you family. If you need anything, don't hesitate to call. Beth ”
42 of 42 | Posted by: Beth Batturs Martin - MD


Joseph Emmanuel Gross "Joe", 72, a resident of Annapolis since February 1973, died February 13 at Anne Arundel Medical Center due to cardiac arrest.
Born December 9, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA, Joe attended Temple University, then he joined the U.S. Navy in Navy Intelligence at Pearl Harbor. The Navy sent him for studies in Asian culture as part of his intelligence post. Joe served in the Navy from 1962 to 1966 during the Vietnam war. After his service in the Navy, he continued his studies on his own and graduated from University of Hawaii with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Joe started covering sports at Bucks County Courier Times then arrived in Annapolis in February 1973 and started working at the Capital as an associate sports editor. He retired in November 2007 as the sports editor.
Joe was named Sportswriter of the Year for Maryland by the National Sportscasters and Sportwriters three times - 1998, 2001 and 2006. He won three Associated Press Mark Twain Best Writing Awards for both sports and feature writing and numerous other writing awards. He received the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Award in 2005 and the 2010 Bob Pascal Award for contributing to interscholastic sports from the Anne Arundel County Coaches Association. His job let him meet many athletes, as well as leaders in the community, the state and the nation, including several past presidents.
Joe was active in the arts such as the Annapolis Fine Arts Foundation, Annapolis Opera Board and the Children's Theatre of Annapolis Board; was a founding member of Congregation Kol Ami (now Congregation Kol Shalom); and served on the board of the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club and the Annapolis Touchdown Club, where he was president in 1983.
Joe enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching quiz shows and reading history. He wrote a book on Navy athlete and astronaut, Willie McCool, and had almost finished a fictional piece about a detective.
Joe is survived by his wife, Susan Cloud Gross, whom he married October 11, 1975; son, Max Gross of College Park; daughter, Mara Alissa Archer of Tucson, AZ; brother, Jonathan Frank Gross (Gloria Watkins) of Cornwells Heights, PA; sister, Diane Levin (Murray) of Cornwells Heights, PA; brother-in-law, Rob Cloud (Connie) of Heath, Texas; sister-in-law, Patti Macmanus (Tim) of Plano, Texas; father-in-law, Al Cloud of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Monday February 18 at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc., 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis. Funeral will be held 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 19 at Congregation Kol Shalom 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane, Annapolis. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis.