John Christian Gross
John Christian Gross
August 05, 1953 ‐ October 21, 2020
John Christian Gross was born on August 5, 1953 in Lakewood, OH, the third child (eventually of nine) of Alma and Leo Gross. After early childhood in Avon Lake, the family moved to Bennington, VT in 1957 and St. Albans, VT in 1960. He attended elementary schools in both of those towns and enjoyed roaming the fields and woods with the scores of baby boomer neighbor kids. His sense of adventure developed early and served him well throughout his life. He attended Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans for a year before the family moved to North Olmsted, OH, in 1968, where he attended Lutheran High School West in Rocky River, graduating in 1972. John joined the Navy after high school, but his enlistment was cut short by a medical discharge. Growing up with the snowy winters of Vermont piqued his interest in skiing. So after the Navy, John moved to Breckinridge, CO, where he taught skiing and became one of the very early freestyle and acrobatic skiers, with the moniker “Mogul Mouse.” He was also one of those crazy guys who skied the cornices and set off small avalanches with grenades before they could become dangerous. In Colorado, he made Texas connections and moved to Houston after accomplishing all he could skiing-wise. He worked for a pool company and also became a plumber. A deep freeze in Houston froze and broke thousands of water pipes, so for over a year he worked seven days a week restoring them. This allowed him to raise a stake to join with several friends to open BB Rovers Pub in Austin in 1987. His cooking skills and encyclopedic knowledge of beer turned BB Rovers into a friendly, popular gathering place with local music, good conversation and fun pub fare, not to mention featuring over 200 beers from around the world. John loved hosting and cooking huge family-style holiday meals for BB’s patrons and friends, especially at Thanksgiving. In Austin, John enjoyed playing golf, biking, woodworking, traveling (researching unusual beers!) and teaching new phrases to his African gray parrot, BB Rover, Jr. After more than 30 years behind the bar and stove, John moved back to Cleveland in 2019 to be closer to family.John loved playing with his great nieces and nephews. John died peacefully at home on October 21. He is survived by his mother, Alma Gross; siblings Paul Gross(Peggy Sadler), Cathy (Michael)Mayo, Judy (Tom)Blue, Nancy (Doug)Riesner, Heidi Gross, Jane Russell, Peggy (Paul)Rein, Bonnie (Ed)Wadel, their spouses and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.