You Can Actually Visit Bob Ross' Grave Near Orlando And It's A Happy Little Place
Rest in peace up in those happy little clouds Mr. Ross.
Bob Ross, an artist who shared the joy of painting with the world. We know him as one of the most wholesome people to ever exist, and the late Ross was actually from Florida too, a fact badge we Floridians proudly wear. While we'll never be able to meet the legend himself or shake his hand, you can actually— and it's actually super close to Orlando.
Bob lived a full life in the Sunshine State, being born on October 29, 1942 in Daytona and raised in the heart of Orlando. It seems fitting that the happiest painter in the world would grow up in the city home to Disney, the "Happiest Place on Earth."
He dropped out of school at a young age and joined the Air Force, traveling all over the country and seeing the beauty of nature everywhere that would later become his inspiration for his art. His service in the military took him to Anchorage, Alaska in the 1960s, where he learned his signature wet-on-wet technique that we've become obsessed with after watching him paint magnificent landscapes on his show "The Joy of Painting" over the years.
To our dismay, the man beneath the flagship permed 'fro passed away from lymphoma at the age of 52, on July 4, 1995, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida — where, and you can actually still take painting classes there today.
Bob's spirit lives on in the happy little clouds and his body lays to rest in a cemetery in the small town of Gotha, Florida; only a 20-minute drive from the heart of Orlando, at Woodlawn Memorial Park. It's here where you can actually go visit his grave plot at Section O, Lot 537.
To find him, look for the statue of the holy family praying with a coliseum type monument behind them. About 8 rows of graves out from this statue you'll find Bob's grave. Many visitors leave flowers, art supplies, paintings, and nature-inspired trinkets to pay their respects to the most loveable painter on Earth.
Those looking to go visit the late Ross can do so seven days a week. Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery is open 24 hours, while the Funeral Home on site is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
After you visit Bob under the happy little trees, swing on through Orlando and check out some of the cool things in the area, like this, this , or one of these .
An overview of Woodlawn Memorial Park and the location of Bob Ross' grave can be viewed below.
Bob Ross' Gravestone at Woodlawn Memorial Park
Address: 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd., Gotha, FL 34734
Bob's grave plot is located at Section O, Lot 537. Look for the statue of the holy family praying, then walk out approximately 8 rows from it to find it.
Hours: The funeral home is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. The cemetery is open 24 hours.
Why You Need To Go: Pay your respects to the late Bob Ross at his actual gravestone. Leave some flowers, a painting, or any kind of art to celebrate the King of Joy and Painting's legacy.
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