GIFFORD, Ross Wylie 1922 - 2021 Ross Wylie Gifford passed away peacefully on April 19, 2021 at the Outlook & District Health Centre at the age of 98. He was born on June 17, 1922 at the homestead farm near Glenside. His memory will be cherished by his sons, Murray (Cindy) Gifford, Jeff (Lois) Gifford, stepchildren, Eric (Wanda) Bilow, Ariana (Barry) McKee, sister-in-law May Gifford, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Fern, parents William and Winnifred Gifford and his siblings Maudie (Everet) Herring, Stan (Blanche) Gifford, Grace (Lloyd) Pollock, John Gifford, Norma (Milton) Levenick, Ray (Delores) Gifford, Les (Leona) Gifford and Archie (Pat) Gifford. Ross had a happy childhood with his brothers and sisters, helping out on the family farm, attending Sunday school and church regularly and he was an excellent student at Kintyre School. In 1942 Ross enlisted in the RCAF and trained to be a wireless operator. He was stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador for the duration of WWII. He was the longest serving signalman at the station and earned the rank of LAC (Leading Aircraftsman). When the war ended in Europe he was shipped out to Edmonton where he continued as a wireless operator for the Government's Northwest Air Command, flying up and down the West Coast which was vulnerable from the war in the Pacific. He was very proud to serve his country in this way. When he was released from the Air Force, Ross returned to Glenside to farm and in the winters he went out to Vancouver to work as so many young men did from the surrounding area. This is where he met the love of his life, Fern Gerow and they were married in 1952. They began their life together, with her children Eric and Ariana, in the upstairs of the Gifford farmhouse until they purchased their own house in Glenside in 1954. In 1957 their first son Murray was born and a few years later in 1961 their second son Jeff was born to complete their family. What a busy time it was for them with a young family and plans to start a new farmyard. In 1965 Ross, who was a skilled carpenter, started to build their new home. It was completed in 1966 and the family was excited to move out to their own farm. Trees had to be planted and tended to as well as seeding and harvesting. A shop and quonset were built in the years to follow and the blacksmith shop from Glenside was moved out to the farm. Ross loved farming and he spent many hours in the fields but he always took time for church and visiting on Sundays. He was also very involved in the community and had a hand in building the Glenside Skating Rink and renovating the school in Glenside into the Activity Centre it is today. If anyone needed a hand they could always count on Ross to be there. He also liked to drive a new vehicle every couple of years and took great pride in keeping them spotless and well maintained. Ross and Fern loved to travel and they took many family trips to visit relatives across the country. They also enjoyed Hawaii, France, England and trips down into the States. When they retired from farming they moved to Sidney, BC in 1985. They enjoyed hosting family and friends, playing cards and visiting. Ross took an avid interest in golfing, curling, yardwork, gardening, woodworking, winemaking and reading the daily paper from front to back with a glass of red wine. The smell of pipe tobacco will always bring back memories of Ross. Ross and Fern moved back to Outlook in 2001 into Luther Place. They really enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships they made there. Ross continued to golf, curl, and also took on a lot of the cooking and grocery shopping. They were so happy to be closer to family, especially the grandkids. In 2004 his wife, Fern, passed away just shy of their 52nd Wedding Anniversary. He missed her terribly but kept busy at Luther Place, driving out on crop checks and popping in for coffee and a visit. He was a volunteer driver for people needing a ride to the United Church in Outlook. Ross moved into The Manor in Dinsmore a couple of years ago and loved to tease the staff and keep them on their toes. He enjoyed the activities, the delicious food and attending the church services held there. We are so grateful to the staff for attending to his needs and making him feel so special during his stay. We should all strive to live life by his example. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He was steadfast in his faith and was kind in word and deed. A family Graveside Service was held on Friday, April 23, 2021 at the Glenside Cemetery, Glenside, Sask. with Rev. Ron McConnell officiating. Memorial donations may be made to: The Dinsmore Health Foundation, Dinsmore, Sask. or The Glenside Cemetery Fund c/o the Village of Glenside, Box 99, Glenside, Sask. S0H 1T0. Arrangements were in care of the Outlook Funeral Chapel 306-867-8255 __________________________________________________
Published in The Outlook from Apr. 29 to May 29, 2021.