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Born: May 04, 1941

Date of Passing: Apr 15, 2019

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Donald Byrne Ross passed away April 15, 2019, at the age of 77.
Don was born May 4, 1941, in Winnipeg, MB, raised in St. James, moved to Belmont in his teens, where his family started up and ran a fishing camp in Pleasant Valley. From 1960, he worked 32 years for MTS, 1965 initiated into FreeMasons, Corporal of Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, Commanding Officer of Qu'Appelle Sea Cadet Corp.
He had a passion for wood working; his crowning achievement, building the family cottage in St. Malo, MB, where family gathered frequently and created lasting and loving memories.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Phyllis Ross.
Don will be lovingly remembered by wife Sandra; son Don (Liz) Ross; daughter Trista (Paul Stewart) Ross; granddaughters, Toni-Anne (John Schertow) Gaudette, Ella Ross, Alyssa Ross; great-granddaughter Clara Schertow; grandsons, Will and Cam, and extended family.
Although he has gone, we will always be together, as his spirit lives on in each one of us forever.
Following Don's wishes, no service will be held. Instead, he asks that you raise a glass in his memory.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation of Canada.
Many thanks to the staff of 3rd floor Grace Hospital who kept Don comfortable until the end.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 20, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I am sorry to hear of Don's passing. I have known Don through work with MTS and I considered him a very genuine person. It was always a pleasure to work with him and also to know him. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Jim Danylishin (co-worker with MTS) on: Apr 21, 2019

  • My dad was adamant. No service. Fair enough, those were his wishes and we honoured them. However, that leaves me with a eulogy of sorts, a tribute left unsaid. Allow me to share some words here. Dad was born May 4, 1941 to Donald and Phyllis Ross. His sister Karen would arrive two years later to the day. While a small child in Winnipeg, Dad would spend so much time with his maternal grandmother Kate Bayley, he would later give her credit for helping raise him. Once a teenager he would leave Winnipeg with his parents for Pleasant Valley, where his parents built and ran a fishing lodge. He looked back fondly on the friends he made during that time in the Belmont/Ninette area. Dad started his career with MTS in his late teens as a lineman. After an accidental fall from the line he would find himself at a desk/computer job. I remember as a child my dad would talk about these things at work called computers that were bigger than our fridge and there were rooms full of them. He would bring a passion for computers home. We would be the first family I knew that would have a home computer and dad would continue to buy and tinker with computers, gaming consoles and tablets his whole life. Mom and dad were 5 days shy of celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary. They lived in the same home their entire married life, played bridge with their friends, travelled across Canada and the USA in my grandma's motor home, were both avid readers and enjoyed square dancing even though dad had two left feet. They adopted my brother and I. Dad built a cottage in St. Malo in 1972 from the ground up. Although my mom brought home our family dog, dad would be Benji’s favourite. Mom and dad’s home is where Christmas, New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, family birthdays and Sunday dinners were shared with family and friends. Dads love and joy was exemplified by his granddaughters Toni-Anne, Ella and Alyssa and great-granddaughter Clara; they were the apple of his eye. If angels are real, I know four young girls he will be watching over. When dad retired at age 52, he didn’t sit at home long. He would work part time for Petals West and then Canadian Woodworker. Both workplaces were very fitting for dad; he truly enjoyed gardening and wood working. My parents often joked that he left his paycheques at both places. My dad kept beautiful gardens at home and at the cottage. He also created many beautiful hand crafted woodworks. Aside from work and family dad led a full life, I’m sure I will never know the half of it, what daughter can say as much? He was an active member with the FreeMasons for many years, he was a member of the Highlanders, he had a private pilots license, he met his friends at the bar frequently, he was a member of the sea cadets, he traveled near and far for work, he took woodworking classes, he could dismantle and fix nearly anything. He was opinionated AF. And he definitely wasn’t shy. He would talk to anyone about anything; he likely read a book about it. Dad would be diagnosed with the first of three different cancers in 2008 at the age of 67; Waldenstroms, skin then prostate. He was also diagnosed with COPD and diabetes. He had multiple treatments every month even every week at times. I would tell friends, he is the strongest man I know, and he was, right until the end. The irony that dad died to a blood cancer is not lost on us. Dad donated his blood and plasma for decades to the Canadian Blood Services. He even joked with nurses four days before he died during his final pheresis treatment that he might as well have donated his own plasma for his own treatment. Dad was born in Grace Hospital and almost 78 years later he would spend his final 15 days on earth there. A true full circle. Almost poetic, except he had wanted to die at home. Dad told me in his last week that he wasn’t perfect. True enough. But who here can claim that? He lived a full life and we loved him. Goodbye for now. We miss you already. xo - Posted by: Trista Ross (Daughter ) on: Apr 20, 2019

  • We were sorry to read of Don's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Jack and Heather Carmichael - Posted by: Jack and Heather Carmichael (Friend) on: Apr 20, 2019

  • With Deepest Sympathy to the Ross Family on the passing of Don! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! - Posted by: Janet Lewis Anderson and Bruce Anderson (Friends) on: Apr 20, 2019

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