It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dad, Douglas J. Ross. Dad had a short fight with cancer and passed, surrounded by love, at his home in St. Albert on October 8th, 2021 at the age of 76.
Doug is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Farrell-Ross; daughter, Kinnon Ross (Greg Hookey); son, Stuart Ross (Natalie Perry); sister, Ann Smith; brothers, Neil-John Ross (Margaret Lucas) and Michael (Mary) Ross; nieces and nephews, Heather, Ross, Maureen, Julien, Olivia, Timothy, Carlo, and Giulia.
Doug is predeceased by his parents, Sara “Sadie” and Neil M Ross; sister, Sheila; brother, Cameron; brother-in-law, Chris Smith; mother and father-in-law, Joyce and Joe Farrell.
Doug enjoyed a long career in the insurance industry, which took him to Yellowknife, NWT, Whitehorse, Yukon as well as to various international destinations. He spent his high school days at his beloved Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, and his formative years growing up in St. Albert with his large extended family.
Doug loved to golf, ski, play hockey and fastball. He spent many mornings with his good pals Don, Brad, Al, John, Dick, and Don at various golf courses for breakfast and a round of golf. He was active with the Notre Dame alumni association and attended old timer’s breakfasts when he could. There were endless stories about the times spent with two of his oldest friends, Bud and Garth. Doug saw his fraternity brothers regularly with one of his final home visits made by Bob and Jim.
Doug was a friend to many and had a knack for making sure that those around him felt loved and acknowledged. He loved books and history and was known to re- read his favourite history books every year. Most importantly, Doug loved to spend time with his wife, Linda, and his kids- which is why we are all so grateful that we were able to bring him home for his last days.
Dad didn’t want a large funeral or celebration. Our family has gathered and cremation has occurred. There will be a gathering arranged for friends to pay their respects and share some laughs in May 2022.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Brown at the Sturgeon Hospital, Dr. Cunningham, Dr Tai, the various nursing teams that were incredibly kind and compassionate to Doug during his short stay at the U of A Hospital, and finally to his family physician, Dr. Rezvan Ghiassi-Razavi, who was of great support in getting dad home to be with us for his final days.
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