Walter “Ross” Rider

Walter "Ross" Rider - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

Rochester, NY:  Walter “Ross” Rider died peacefully at home on April 30, 2020, at the age of 82 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Laura, his 5 children and their spouses, 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and local cousins Laurie Stollery Kiley and Jean Cannan. In his younger years, Ross was an avid runner and skier. He was a past president of the Rochester Track Club and very involved in marathon racing.

A life-long Rochesterian, he took early retirement from Kodak which gave him an opportunity to follow his dream of becoming a woodworker and wood sculptor. He was one of the original artists at Artisan Works and is best known for his “Larger than Life” collection: oversized replicas of everyday objects, such as a pencil sharpener, stapler, soda fountain and many more, all made completely to scale. He would consider his masterpieces to be full-size replicas of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a Model A Ford truck, which took years to complete. Ross was a very creative individual, a talented and prolific artist who was able to spend most of his life doing what he loved. He was always willing to stretch himself to learn new techniques to bring his creations to life. He was interested in people and their experiences and enjoyed talking with the many people who visited his studio. He was accepting of everyone and did not judge people.

His family will hold a celebration of his life later this summer. Please no flowers:  Tax-deductible donations can be made to Artisan Works at 565 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610.

3 Condolences

  1. Laurie Kiley on May 24, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I do miss you. We were so close over the years.
    Growing up with one another and attending
    school together. Our families were very close.
    Ross’ Mother and my Father were Brother and
    Sister and Ross’ Father and my Mother were
    Brother and Sister. I love you, rest in peace.

  2. Harvey Van Allen on May 25, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Love you buddy and will miss you.

  3. Clarence H Houk on May 25, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I meet Ross at the Artisan works several years ago there is not a person that has the talent than Ross has, every thing he does is perfect I loved going by the Artisan to see Ross have a good visit. I am sure he will be dearly missed, may he RIP. This is a big loss to the art world. Clarence Houk

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