Mar 12, 1930 – Feb 18, 2013
Richard Douglas Ross, born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan, March 12, 1930, passed away on February 18, 2013, in the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House, Kamloops, B.C., after a four month battle of post op heart surgery.Dick is lovingly remembered by his wife Carmen of 29 years; sons Bob, Wayne (Debbie) and Perry (Arlette); daughter Stacey (Dan) Gartner; step-daughter Tracy (Greg) Tutt; grandchildren Brandon and Monty (Dallas) Ross, EvaJean Ross (Trevor), Jessica and Chad Gartner, Tanner and Teagan Tutt; great-grandchildren Linden and Kallen Ross; sister Pat Johnston and brother Barry Ross; brother-in-law Kerry (Mary) Morrissey and sister-in-law Suzie (Les) Berkes; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.Dick was predeceased by parents Eddie and Isabel Ross; and by sisters Joyce Mitchell and Shirley Ross.
Dick was the second of five children born to Eddie and Isabel Ross, and was raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, where his father was employed by the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Upon graduation, in 1948, Dick moved to British Columbia, and worked for the CNR Signal Department from Boston Bar to Jasper. Dick joined the Army in Lytton in 1950. He spent two years with the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) forces in Hanover, Germany, in the RCEME (Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers). He returned home in 1952, and joined back up with the CNR Signal Department. In 1959 he was promoted to Signal Maintainer for Lucerne, Albreda, and Barriere; a position he held until his retirement in 1986. Soon after Dick found out that retirement was for “older” people, and he talked Carmen into moving north of Chu Chua where they managed a cow/calf operation for a number of years. During those years Dick also obtained his Class 3 drivers license, and drove school bus for several years on the Chu Chua and McLure route. After yet another retirement; Dick soon found himself employed by Inmet Mining Company (Minnova Mine) at Johnson Lake. He had gone up for a “couple of weeks” to help a friend from Peachland while they were dismantling the plant and ended up staying for nine years. He became the Plant Supervisor, and retired for the final time in August of 2004. Anyone who knew Dick, also knew that his retirement meant having the opportunity to spend the majority of his waking moments doing what he most loved to do – since 1959, until his passing – Dick was dedicated to the continuation and improvement of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo grounds.
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