Obituary of Ross M. Kaplowitz
Ross Michael Kaplowitz passed away at his home in Denville on Sunday, December 13, 2020. In his 25 years on this earth, he has left a legacy of priceless memories, selfless acts of kindness, contagious laughter, and many spontaneous adventures that we will forever remember and cherish.
He was one of twin boys born to Samuel and Marisa Kaplowitz. Ross was raised in Denville and after graduating from Morris Knolls High School, Class of 2013, he went on to attend the University of Vermont. In Vermont, Ross developed a passion for brewing and refined his skills by working for the industry's most revered craft brewery, Hill Farmstead. He was in the midst of opening a brewery of his own in Red Hook, Brooklyn. His passion was blossoming into a successful career.
Ross was adventurous and extraordinarily talented in downhill skiing - so much so, that he often would forgo the comfort of a ski lift, choosing instead to hike to the top of a mountain (with skis on his back) to experience the thrill of an ungroomed black diamond trail. In addition to skiing, he enjoyed kayaking and rock climbing, and was an avid mountain biker. He especially loved hiking with his beloved dog, Drake. He was truly gifted and accomplished.
Above anything else, his family and friends were his top priority. He treasured spending quality time with loved ones which often led to incomparable experiences that will stay with us for a lifetime.
He leaves many joyous, lasting memories in the hearts of his beloved family: parents Sam and Marisa, twin brother Will, Grandmother Carole Galin; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and his faithful dog, Drake. His family finds great comfort in the belief that his adoring grandparents Dolly and Arthur Zitarosa were there to lovingly greet him when he passed.
Ross will continue on in all of our lives in so many beautiful ways. His kindness, loving nature, and adventurous spirit will forever be shaping and inspiring all that we do. Such a tremendous life could never, in this life or the next, be contained.
“Rest in Peace our sweet, loving, compassionate boy.”
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us - Helen Keller
Please leave a condolence, light a candle, and share your favorite memory of Ross here to continue to let his free-spirit and kindness illuminate the world for generations to come.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and to ensure everyone’s safety during these troubling times, a Celebration of Life for Ross will be celebrated at a later date in 2021. Please continue to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this next chapter in life.