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ROSS JAMES ZILKEY

Born: Mar 22, 1954

Date of Passing: Mar 21, 2021

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ROSS JAMES ZILKEY

Ross James Zilkey, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Born March 22, 1954, died March 21, 2021, aged 66 years.
Ross was predeceased by his wife Heather (Tchir) in 2015, as well as his father Fred and mother Isabel, and his sister Faye Bissett from Edmonton, Alberta.
Ross is survived and will be greatly missed by his brothers, Bryan (Ann) in Simcoe, Ontario; Gary (Dale) in Brandon, Manitoba; and his brother-in-law Bill Bissett in Penticton, BC.
He will also be missed by his seven nieces and nephews and many cousins throughout Canada.
Ross spent his first five years on a farm near Manitou, Manitoba but has resided in Winnipeg since 1958.
Ross worked with his father's wholesale heating business and following his father's retirement, took over ownership and management until the business was sold. While at the University of Manitoba in mid 1970s, Ross managed the varsity men's basketball team for seven years and became close lifelong friends with several of the teams' alumni. Ross will also be missed by the many friends he made from his years spent at his parent's cottage at Bird River and more recently the cottage with Heather at Grand Marais.
Cremation has taken place.
Final funeral arrangements are pending.
Donations in memory of Ross are welcome and can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or to Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Bryan and Garry - I'm very sorry to read about the loss of your brother. My sincere condolences to both of you and your families, - Posted by: Russell Rosen (Friend) on: Mar 30, 2021

  • I was shocked to hear about Ross, I did a lot of Canoeing with him, There were usually 4 of us we would do trip every year we would pick a river in Northern Manitoba and we did that for almost 20 years. Ross certainly added to those trips fishing shooting rapids and sitting around the camp fire telling some lies. Thanks for adding to those good memories Ross. Hopefully we can do a trip one of these days in the here after. My condolences to his family and friends, One of my favorite passages in the Bible is "To be Absent from the body is to be with the Lord". Ross is in good hands. God Bless. - Posted by: Ken Barnett (Friends) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • It is so sad when a member of our Bison family leaves us. Ross and I worked very closely together as part of the support staff for the Bisons Men's basketball team. We were also "lakemates" at Bird River. Such a gentle man with a huge heart. I am a better person for having known Ross. My deepest sympathy to the family. Enjoy the next part of your journey Ross. - Posted by: Glen Bergeron (Bison Family) on: Mar 27, 2021

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