It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ross Parcher in the Nanaimo General Hospital after a difficult battle with Alzheimer's. Ross was born November 9, 1929 in Tisdale Saskatchewan and raised in nearby Carrot River until the age of 12 when his family moved to British Columbia. Ross loved boats and the river and resided in Hope, Chilliwack, Keremeos, Port Alberni and Nanaimo, always near the water. Ross will be missed by his lifelong partner and wife Sheila, his children Jo-Anne (Norman) Larry (Cathy), Colin (Sandra), Caroline (Carl), Bill (Gabby), Linda (Al), Mike (Penny), Karen (Jeff), Tim, and Guy (Tina), his 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren as well as his sister Joan (Wilf). Ross is predeceased by his parents Guy and Wiilamina; his brother Bob and his daughter Jayne. Ross enjoyed his many paths of life which included being one of the original hires with River Towing (now RivTow), having his own logging company, dairy farming, a heavy duty mechanic with Finning and as a small business man operating gas stations in the Similkemeen Valley. Even in retirement Ross continued to be a worker; be it building furniture in his shop, volunteering with the local water board or just helping anyone that came along. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, the ability to talk with out his lips moving and only speaking when there was something important to say. He looked forward to Hockey Night in Canada and loved to fish - it was just too bad the fish didn't like to be caught. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ross will be held at the Sands Funeral Home, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo BC on July 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. #300-828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z1E2 or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge and Nanaimo General Hospital for their support and assistance during this difficult time.
Published in Nanaimo Daily News on July 4, 2013