Michael Ross came to Summer Bay after his business started failing.
He has a son, Haydn, from his first marriage to Cynthia. Haydn was very
upset by their divorce. When Michael told him he would have to leave
his private school, and live with him in Summer Bay where he purchased
a boatyard, he did not react well.
Michael was a fit, determined man, who was quickly accepted by the
local residents. He met Pippa, and despite her continued resistance
to him, he never gave up. They married in 1991, in the then Fletchers.
Michael has started sharing responsibility for the large family of foster
kids. Haydn left the Bay around 1991.
In 1994, his son Haydn came back to the Bay. He lied to Michael that
he wanted money for a surf shop he wanted to open. It was only later
when Michael realised that his son had a gambling problem.
It was from then onwards when the Rosses ran into numerous difficulties.
When Jack arrived in the Bay, Michael tried his best, but Jack continued
to hate him. It was only when Michael found him about to hit Sam that
The family ran out of money and they had no choice but to put the boat
shed up for auction. Michael was disappointed at losing another business.
A friction occurred between him and Pippa, but was sorted out eventually.
Not long before Christmas 1994, problems arose again. From Michael's
eyes, Pippa seemed to be overriding every decision he made. He felt
he was no longer a decision maker in any part of the family's activities
and they separated. Christmas was a lonely one for Michael, who spent
it alone in a flat.
Pippa and Michael made up and he moved back in. In late 1996, there
was a storm in the Bay which caused havoc and flooding. Michael had
to pick up Sam as he could not get home through the floods. Sam slipped
into the stream, which had been turned into a fast flowing river. Jack
tried to save him, and Michael then dived in. Sam was rescued, and Jack
tried to help Michael to safety. Michael was losing his grip on the
branch, and was pulled away.
The next morning, a search was carried out for Michael. There was no
luck; it was apparent that Michael has been drowned from the heavy river.
Pippa was left devastated and Sam felt guilty for causing his death.
Michael was one of the best characters in Summer Bay.
Dennis Coard comes from a classical theatre background, though he also
appeared in Flying Doctors and Mission Impossible in his time. He is
an extremely versatile performer with a lot of strings to his bow. He
can clown, play the drums, do stand up comedy and also, according to
a source, he was even a telephone engineer also!