Ross died unexpectedly this week, surrounded by his loving family in person and by phone.
Ross was born in Hamilton, Ontario and worked as a social worker with children and families coping with psychiatric disorders. He and his wife Sue and young family moved to the Yukon in 1977, where he worked in several leadership roles within the Department of Health & Social Services.
He also served as the Executive Director of the Yukon Family Services Association for many years.
One of his passions was community involvement. Ross affected many Yukon lives by collaborating in the development of the United Way, the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, the Teen Parent Centre, the Yukon Child Development Centre and other services to strengthen our community and the ways we care.
Ross was fortunate to enjoy many happy years in retirement, volunteering his time with the Whitehorse Food bank and the national boards of the United Way and Canadian Mental Health Association. He and Sue were also privileged to enjoy travel to many different countries. Lively family games were also a joy throughout his life.
Many thanks to the frontline health team at Whitehorse General Hospital for their compassionate and respectful support during his passing.
All are welcome to a grief and gratitude gathering on Sunday, October 22, at 2pm at Heritage North Funeral Home, 1101 Centennial St. in Whitehorse. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Whitehorse Food Bank or United Way.