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McLAREN – Ross Vaughan

November 30, 1929 – June 23, 2011

Ross Vaughan McLaren of Calgary passed away at the Wentworth Care Center on Thursday, June 23, at the age of 81 years.

Ross was born in Saltcoats, SK on November 30, 1929 and began his married and family life in Langenburg, SK. On July 20, 1969, there were two giant leaps, as Ross moved to Calgary with his wife, four children and two cats, in a 1963 Ford Galaxie and as the astronauts were landing on the moon! Imagine! Which would be the greater feat? Ross was a musician by heart, an electrician by trade and during the last chapter of his working years, he was a school caretaker for the Calgary Board of Education.

Ross added electricity to his passions for music and gardening and often connected all three in his backyard with complex mood lighting and kitchen stoves to cook garden suppers and to play a little rock ‘n’ roll. The sights, sounds and smells of Ross’s backyard created an ambiance like no other and created a system of which only he could be the master. With Garden Suppers Extraordinaire, Ross knew how to attract family, friends and neighbours.

Ross will be sorely missed by his children, Lowell, Randy, Jacki and Jan and daughter-in-law Denise Zentner. Ross will also be missed by his loving brother and sisters-in-law, Bev and Rae McLaren, Audrey McLaren, Elsie Hillis and Margaret Hillis, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Ross is predeceased by his beloved wife, Beryl, his parents, Aird and Millie and his brother Lorne. Ross loved his family and we all loved him. As we hear his saxophone playing, we say,
“Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight.”

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Ross McLaren, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2X 3J3 Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. It is a sad time for your family. Your father could always bring a smile to my face. Take care of each other and keep the memories alive. My thoughts are with you…Dixie

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  2. So sorry to hear about your Dad Jacki. Deepest Sympathy to you and your family.

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  3. Claire Kraatz :

    Dear Jacki and family,

    My thoughts are with you all as you say ‘good-bye’ to your dear Dad. May the memories you have of him light up your spirits. Peace be with you.

    Claire Kraatz

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  4. Tracey Wain (Hillis) :

    Lowell & Denise, Randy, Jacki, and Jan: So sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  5. Robin Hoogwerf :

    Dear McLaren family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. I know you will miss him very much and I hope that he and Beryl are waltzing together again in a place full of good memories and good health.

    I’m sorry I could not attend the service but I have broken my ankle and it makes it difficul to get around.

    Robin Hoogwerf

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