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Born: Jul 02, 1926

Date of Passing: May 10, 2021

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ross Colcomb at the age of 94 on May 10, 2021, at the Grace Hospital.
Predeceased by his loving wife Shirley in 2017, he is survived by son Ken; daughter Leslie (Marcel); grandchildren, Mackenzie (Evan), Lara (Tyler), Jordan, Chris, Meaghan, and great-grandson Asher.
Ross was born in Montreal on July 2, 1926 and grew up in Pointe-St-Charles. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War however, due to demand, he was transferred to the Merchant Navy. There he worked as a fireman on Merchant Navy vessels as they made many transatlantic convoy crossings; service which earned him the Atlantic Star Medal. He was an active member of the Merchant Navy Veterans Association and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow veterans.
Ross always stayed active running in the Manitoba Marathon each year well into his 70s and playing baseball and hockey into his 80s. He and Shirley spent many enjoyable years in the Westview Dance Club where they made lasting friendships. He was a skilled woodworker and carver eventually opening a wooden toy company, Playcraft Toys. Ross had a deep appreciation of nature and wildlife which he passed on to his children through many family camping trips. In his garden, he always felt rewarded when Purple Martins or Wrens were nesting in one of his handmade birdhouses.
Not one to stay idle, he chose to spend 'retirement' working as a Commissionaire where he worked until the age of 89. He was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his compassionate work at CancerCare Manitoba. A kind, caring and considerate man in all respects, he will be sadly missed and forever cherished in our hearts.
The family is grateful to the staff at Sturgeon Creek Retirement Residence II for the outstanding care and compassion shown to Ross in his final years. Thanks to each of you, he truly enjoyed his home there. We would also like to thank the many incredibly caring WRHA Health Care Aides who went well out of their way to ensure Ross's comfort. Thank you all so very much.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Leslie and family So sorry to hear about your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I read his obituary, truly impressive. It is a sad time, especially when they have been part of our life for so long. We share your grief, as we lost our 98 year old mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother in March. Thinking of you, sincere condolences. The Falkingham Family. - Posted by: Gwen Falkingham (Family) on: May 17, 2021

  • Ross and I shared an office at ACRES Engineering in 1990 at 500 Portage Avenue across from U of W. I had an engineering contract for that year and I got to know Ross. He was always friendly and had a lot of stories about his life. Everybody in the office liked Ross and he had a good rapport with everybody. He will be missed. He had a long and eventful life. God Bless. MM - Posted by: Michael Mark (Co-worker) on: May 16, 2021

  • To Leslie and family, So sorry for your loss of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I read his obituary, impressive life. So glad he was able to meet his great-grandchild, Asher. Sad day, end of a generation, but a life well lived!!! Gwen, Jim, Chris, Melissa and family. - Posted by: Gwen Falkingham (Family) on: May 15, 2021

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