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HURST, Ross Allan
Ross has finally found peace after a very lengthy illness. He was born in Fort Erie, Ontario to parents Tom and Bunny Hurst. He was predeceased by brothers Garry (Betty Ann) and Glenn (Mary). He is survived by the love of his life, Marilyn; sons Paul (Grace) and Steven (Karlene); and grandsons Nolan and Alex. There is one aunt, Shirley St.Pierre in LA; brothers and sisters-in-law; and nephews left to mourn him as well. Ross's career was in marketing and sales, and he mentored many along the way. He was active in his community through strata councils, Community Futures Organization and Okanagan Community College Business School. Ross was an enthusiastic member of the Gallagher's Old Farts cycling team for many years. He was loved by all for his infectious laugh and great sense of humour. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honour can be made to the Alzheimer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice. All the support and kindness during Ross's lengthy illness is greatly appreciated by Marilyn and family. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Oct. 3, 2015.
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December 6, 2015
Marilyn and Family-
Our sincere condolences to you all on Ross's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Harry and Mary Brown
October 22, 2015
To Ross's family - Ross was a wonderful gentleman who contributed substantially to the success of the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. Sincere condolences - Heather Banham (current Dean) and Jayne Brooks (retired Dean).
October 7, 2015
Dear Marilyn & family, we send our deepest sympathy to all of you.May your wonderful memories sustain you in this difficult time.
Ed & Reggie Wingerter
October 7, 2015
As you know Marylin, Ross was one of the good guys at Gallaghers. We always enjoyed his sense of humour as he visited our Real Estate office on the way home from the us jabs and asking if we were reaching our targets...what a character! Marylin, Holly and I send you a big hug at this time of sorrow but we also are happy that Ross is now free.
Ken & Holly Murray
October 6, 2015
Oh Dear Ross,....what a wonderful
happy man he was. Always enjoyed his company at The Pinnacle when he was the golf assistant or when you both came to play during the years I worked there.
Sorry to hear of his passing.
Cherish all the wonderful memories.
Val McEachern
October 5, 2015
Dear Marilyn and family, we send our sympathy to you at the loss of this great gentlemen. The staff, faculty and administration of the Okanagan School of Business would like to thank Ross for his service and many hours of volunteering with us when he helped us with our Business Program Review and Strategic Planning a few years ago. His hard work, insight, and extensive business experience were invaluable in helping steward us through this process. In addition, Dr. Heather Banham (current Dean) and Dr. Jayne Brooks (past Dean) send their sincere personal sympathy for your loss as both are currently travelling.
Laura Thurnheer
Chair, Okanagan School of Business
October 4, 2015
Dear Marilyn and family;
I'm very sorry for your loss. Ross was a client for a few years and the memories of this happy man are important to me. We always had a laugh and I admired him for his dedication to cycling. I've thought of him so often and I do know how important his family and friends were to him. God bless you all.
Rhonda Rea
Rhonda Rea
October 3, 2015
I had the privilege of working for Ross when he was president of Gescan in Vancouver during the early 1990's. Ross had been appointed president in 1991 and I had transferred from Saskatoon to a new position in Vancouver. Both of us were new at our respective positions at that time. Ross was perhaps the most remarkable individual I ever reported to. Not only was he a respected leader, but also a great teacher, mentor and an all around decent human being. I accompanied Ross on many trips throughout the Western provinces. His enthusiasm, charisma and wonderful sense of humour made it a fun and worthwhile experience.
My sincere condolences to the Hurst family.

Rest in peace Ross, well deserved.

Chuck Hughes
Coquitlam B.C.
October 3, 2015
Dear Marilyn - I hope I will be able to help you in some way - hugs to you.
Kelly Pilon
October 2, 2015
Marilyn just want you to know are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and we will remember all the laughs we had with Ross and his many stories and situations he got himself into. Your friendship over the years has meant a great deal to us. Love Larry and Carol
Carol/Larry Allen
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