February 14, 1928 – November 6, 2018
It is with deep sadness that the family of Jack Ross announce his passing on November 6, 2018. He is survived by his six children Barb (Bruce) Izard, John (Barb) Ross, James (Cathy) Ross, Bill Ross, Susann Ross and Robert (Pauline) Ross and grandchildren, Leah (Brent), Katie (Tyson), Darren, Jacquelin, Gibson, Charlotte, MacKenzie, Nicholas (Kelsey), Anthony; great grandchildren Nya and Carter. The love of his life and wife, Ruth predeceased him July 9, 1998.
Jack grew up in Edmonton, Alberta where he met Ruth and married in 1952. He trained as a textile designer, working first in Portage La Prairie and then Vancouver before settling in Campbell River as owner of the Quinsam Hotel, from 1959-1974. He would own the Arbutus Hotel in Courtenay (1972-1987) and the Tally-Ho Hotel in Victoria (1976-2005) and lived in those cities during those years, making lots of friends. He joined Rotary in the early 1960’s to provide service to the growing Campbell River and Courtenay communities until retirement.
Jack loved being active and outdoors. Sailing, fishing, boating, camping, hunting, hiking, with family and friends were favorite past times. Many stories began with the outdoors, mishaps and adventures ending with lifelong memories and lots of laughs. Dad loved nothing better than to tell stories of detailed high jinks with all the participating characters, sometimes embellished, yet always entertaining. It became clear, listening to the stories, that although he worked hard to provide for his family, he may have missed his true calling as a creative prankster. Dad continued to tell stories and reminisce with visitors and family until this past week.
Jack lived and worked with the progressively debilitating effects of MS for the last 40+ years of his life. Profound physical challenges only sharpened his appreciation for life and learning. His continued resilience and resolve kept him mobile until this past year. Many thanks to the home care-aides and Evergreen Seniors Home staff that provided comfort to Dad these past few years. Much gratitude to his daughter, Susann, who made it possible for Dad to stay in his home for the past 10 years, as was his greatest wish. He cared deeply for his family and children and will be very missed in this new chapter without his guidance.
Jack requested no service, but family invite you to contribute to the MS society or charity of choice. He would appreciate you sharing a story, a laugh and a toast with your loved one.