Ross Vernon Joseph McDonald passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at the age of 71 years, with his wife Elaine and his children at his side.
Ross was born in North Bay, ON. At age sixteen, he enlisted in the Canadian Military with the Royal Canadian Engineers Regiment, a group also known as “Sappors.” His career with the military lasted thirty years before he retired as a Master Warrant Officer in 1983. The military sent him and his family to many great places in Canada. Beginning in Petewawa, ON, continuing to Chilliwack, BC, London, ON, Oromocto, NB, Calgary, AB, Suffield, AB, Edmonton, AB and lastly back to Calgary. Ross also completed two extensive peace keeping missions in Eygpt with the United Nations. Ross enjoyed many hobbies like golf, darts, billiards, crosswords, bridge, cooking and making wine. He also had a passion for woodworking and made many rocking horses and doll houses enjoyed by his grandchildren. Ross was proud of his flower and vegetable gardens. The children always enjoyed the vegetable harvest but were hard to find throughout the weeding months.
Besides his loving wife Elaine of fifty years, Ross is also survived by his four children, Phil (Sheryl), Joanne, Karen (Mike) Kerrigan, and Kelly (Scott) Evjen; his sister Gayle Hozak of Toronto, ON and numerous nieces and nephews. Ross was predeceased by his youngest son Scott, his brother Brad and his mom Rose.
A Celebration of Ross’ Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch No. 285 (9202 – Horton Road S.W.) on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ross’ honour may be made directly to the Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch No. 285, 9202 Horton Road S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 2X4, Telephone: (403) 255-5772.
In living memory of Ross McDonald, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences