Ross E. Drake Sr., 76, of Matawan, passed away on, Tuesday, May 7th, at Anchor Care and Rehabilitation Center, Hazlet. He was born in Long Branch, and has been a life-long resident of the Bayshore area. Ross was a self-employed painter for many years. He enjoyed fishing and Nascar, he loved spending time with family, but his grandchildren were his life. Ross is pre- deceased by his grandchild; Elijah Smith in 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years; Theresa Drake of Matawan; three sons and daughter in-law, Ross Jr. and Annmarie Drake of Toms river, Robert Baxter Sr. of Union Beach and Joseph Baxter of Matawan; three daughters and son in-laws, Samantha and Theonardo Smith of Middletown, Robin and James Reeder of Oklahoma, and Mullica Pomsanam of West Milford; 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; and his dear friend Sawai Pomsanam of Matawan. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 6-8 pm at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals 233 Carr Avenue, Keansburg. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers family will be accepting donations.