Robbinsdale Honors City Employee Who Died Unexpectedly
Robbinsdale city staff members are mourning the loss of longtime employee Shari Ross.
Ross worked for the city for 23 years. She passed away unexpectedly in December.
“She really contributed to the fabric and the morale of the city,” said Rick Pearson, community development coordinator for the city of Robbinsdsale. “A very kind person and she’s sorely missed.”
Ross provided administrative support for Robbinsdale’s Economic Development Authority and Planning Commission. She also provided support for the point-of-sale inspection program, where houses are inspected as owners list them on the real estate market.
Ross did “a lot of work behind the scenes,” Pearson said. “She was a very calm person, very steady … she would sometimes say ‘never fear, Shari’s here.'”
The Robbinsdale City Council posthumously thanked her for her service.
“I asked my sister who works at city hall about Shari’s passing,” said Robbinsdale City Council Member Regan Murphy. “Her one comment was that they all noticed immediately when she wasn’t there. I think she had a big impact on — her personality when she was at work and her effect on others.”
Colleagues say Ross brought a calm and steady demeanor to city hall.
“She had a warm smile, and interesting perspective on things, and you know, this is like losing a family member,” Pearson said. “She had two sons that she was very proud of. Always talking about their accomplishments, athletics, those kinds of things.”
Ross’s funeral was held in late December.