Legacy of David Waterman Ross 

A San Diego homeless advocate known as “Waterman Dave” died Monday after a long battle with Brain Cancer.

David Ross, 83, was known for using his own Social Security income to buy water for the homeless. He also found sponsors for portable restrooms. (KGTV)

David ‘Waterman’ Ross 
January 27, 1935 – April 9, 2018 
San Diego David was his given name, fitting for a man who would take on the Goliaths of our time. But for those privileged to know David in the past 20 years, he was affectionately known as the “Waterman.” It was in part a literal nickname. After finding a woman under an overpass and reviving her with a sip of water, David spent countless hours each day and into the night for 18 years handing out water to the homeless on the streets of “America’s finest city” paid with his meager Social Security checks. It was also metaphorical. (Published in The San Diego Union-Tribune from Apr. 12 to Apr. 15, 2018).

Borrowing from Benjamin Disraeli; “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” From Textbooksetrade,  Thanks, Dave for spreading love, laughter, and hope. 

For memorial service and more about “Watermandave”,  please visit @ Legacy.com



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