June 27, 1924 – January 10, 2021
Ross passed away peacefully at East Kootenay Regional Hospital on January 10, 2021, at the age of 96.
Born in London, Ontario on June 27, 1924, the only son of Percy and Bessie Heathfield. Ross was a quiet, kind, gentle soul who cared deeply for his family and friends, he was a real gentleman and touched many hearts.
Ross met the love of his life Frances Fisher, while in high school. After graduation, Ross joined the Navy and served from 1943 to 1945, mainly on the HMCS Tillsonburg escorting Merchant Marine ships in the Northern Atlantic. He was based out of Halifax and Port Glasgow, Scotland.
Ross and Fran were married on June 1, 1946, in London, Ont. They were married for 71 years and had two sons. Ross worked in sales for several companies. He was a long-time member of the Gyro club, and he and Fran were enthusiastic members of a square-dancing group. In 1971, Ross and Fran moved to B.C., living in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
Ross set up his own business and contracted to Joanne Fabrics as the Western Canadian representative for the company. After retirement, Ross volunteered for the Red Cross, did neighbourhood Speed Watch, took up lawn bowling and was active in the local Seniors’ Centre. In 2017 Ross and Fran moved to Kimberley to Garden View Village to be closer to family.
Ross will be greatly missed by his son Richard and daughter-in-law Barbara, his grandchildren Sarah Steele (Byron), David (Megan) and Sean; eight great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Larry Fisher (Mary), nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Ross was predeceased by his wife Frances and his son Randall.
The family would like to thank the Staff and residents at Garden View Village for the wonderful care and friendship given to Ross while he lived there. Also, our thanks to Dr. Buchar, Dr. Pieterse, Dr. Schroeder, the nursing staff at the EKR Hospital and Andrea Wallace of Interior Health, for their care and compassion.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. https://bccancerfoundation.com/
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com
McPherson Funeral Services
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