DUNCAN DONALD ROSS Peacefully, on Friday, July 23, 2004, at the age of 83, Donald Ross died at home. Don was bor n in Lewiston, Maine, USA , in June, 1921 and moved to Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1929, with his parents. Following graduation from Bishop's University, in 1941, he enlisted in the R.C.A .F. as an Obser ver, and ser ved in Britain and the Middle East. While in England he mar ried his beloved Kathleen Jean Walton, of Cottesmore, Rutland, on Januar y 10, 1943. In their 61 years of happily mar ried life, Jean and Don were also best friends, and enjoyed travelling, downhill skiing and tennis together. Besides Jean he is sur vived by three children, Susan Rawle (John), Geoffrey Ross and James Ross (Vicki), six grandchildren, Adrian, Mike, Geoff, Donnie, Colin and Stephanie, and great grandson, Carson. Don and Jean shared with each of their grandchildren at some time, their many skiing trips to Banff, Alberta, over a 33 year period. Their love and companionship were a vital part of Don's life over the years. Af ter the war, Don qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and worked for the Royal Tr ust Company in Montreal, Miami, Florida, Edmonton and Winnipeg, retiring in Winnipeg in 1986 as Vice-President, Mid-Wester n Region. In his early days in Winnipeg, he ser ved on many not-for-profit boards, and was an active member of Lion's Club of Winnipeg. In more recent years he ser ved Manitoba Medical Ser vice Foundation, Rupert's Land Capital Fund (Anglican Diocese), George Sellers Endowment Fund, and the Dafoe Foundation. However, his principal ser vice was with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, where he was Chair man of the Manitoba Division for five years, and a member of National Council for seventeen years, ser ving there in various capacities. In 1993, Don was awarded the Canada Volunteer Award by Health and Welfare, Canada, and in 1997 the Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Ser vice Award by C.N.I.B. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth medal. A memorial ser vice will be held at St. Georges Church, Crescentwood at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 29th, 2004. We wish to acknowledge the kind competence of Janice, Jules, Ricardo, Ke r r y, Hilu and their colleagues at the Palliative Care Sub Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Your war mth made an enor mous difference. In lieu of flowers which are gratefully declined, donations may be sent to C.N.I.B., 1080 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.
Published in The Globe and Mail on Jul. 26, 2004.