With a deep sense of sorrow and loss, we announce the death of John Ross on November 25th, 2021.
John was born to Luella and Jack Ross on January 2nd, 1945, in Killarney, MB. John and Helen were married in 1963. After three years working at Inco in Thompson, MB they moved to Edmonton, AB where John attended NAIT. In 1970, he graduated with a degree in Instrumentation Technology. Shortly thereafter, John began a successful career in sales with Spartan Controls. He was a member of the Instrument Society of America throughout his career. After twenty-seven years he retired from what John described as, “the best company in Canada”.
John was proud to be a member of the Edmonton Gyro club for 39 years. He and Helen enjoyed the comradery, conventions and many lasting friendships forged. John was a member of the Canadian Club and Dayspring Presbyterian Church. He volunteered time at his church, the Christmas Bureau and Habitat for Humanity.
Music was an integral part of John’s life. In the early 1980’s, John began collecting and restoring Wurlitzer, Rock-Ola and Seeburg Jukeboxes. He was a member of the Wild Rose Collectors Society. John developed numerous friendships over the years with others who shared his love of music.
John’s passion for outdoor adventures included hiking, canoeing, kayaking, downhill skiing, horseback riding and cycling. In 2003 he bicycled across Canada with Tour Du Canada. In 2008, he cycled the Orient Express route, from Paris to Instanbul. He enjoyed numerous river trips, including the Tatshenshini, Nahanni and the Grand Canyon. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club and Skyline Hikers.
John and Helen were privileged to travel extensively. Egypt, Turkey, South America, Europe and the French Polynesian Islands were some of their favourite destinations. Most treasured of all was time spent with family skiing at Big White and vacationing at their cottage in Killarney.
John will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 58 years, Helen, his daughter, Lela Marie, son David (Shalyn), grandchildren, Madison, Michelle, Brooks, Brian and Malcolm, great-grandson, William, John’s sisters Shirley and Vivian (Larry) sister-in-law, Lela (Dennis) and extended family and friends. John was predeceased by his granddaughter, Peyton in 2020.
The family wishes to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Huot and the entire team on the Palliative Care Unit at the Grey Nun’s Hospital. We will be forever grateful for their loving and compassionate care during the last four weeks of John’s life.
A private memorial service will be held in John’s honour on December 12th at 1 p.m. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, attendance is by invitation only. For those wanting to watch the service online please do so on the following link:
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Edmonton Community Foundation, Ross, John – Edmonton Community Foundation (ecfoundation.org), with contributions directed to the GYRO Club of Edmonton Fund.
It is with much love and gratitude for a life well-lived that we say farewell to a kind and generous man, loved by so many. Rest in peace, John. You will live in our hearts forever.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101