Obituary of Robert James Ross
December 7, 1938 - Calgary, Alberta
January 12, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta
Robert Ross of Calgary, AB passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the age of 84 years.
Bob grew up in southwest Calgary, AB, with his parents, Elvis and Mary and his sister, Dorothy. As a young teen he joined the Cadets and enjoyed the experience. He joined the Air Force as soon as he was able, serving in the USA, Africa, and Canada. He spent 25 years proudly serving his country and continued service, after his discharge, as a civilian contractor. Any spare time he had after work was spent in his yard, and garden, displaying his collection of antiques throughout the property, and preserving the food he grew.
After his retirement Bob and Diana moved to Calgary, AB, from Ontario where Bob took up serveral hobbies. From the start Bob became an avid cyclist, participating in the Golden Triangle bike tour several times. In later years he shortened his bike rides, keeping them to around 50 kilometers. Never one to give up something he loved Bob rode bikes to the end, enjoying rides closer to home on his e-trike, joined as always by his good friends Henning, and Don.
For several years Bob spent lots of time on his computers, creating freeware, and enjoying all the new technologies that have come about in the computer age. He then switched his focus to woodworking. He spent many hours in his woodworking room, building furniture, train sets, antique cars, and other novelty items. Bob combined his hobbies together by making YouTube videos of his projects, and different techniques he learned from the internet. He would also make video compilations of his bike rides on the Calgary, AB, bike paths, showing their beauty in all seasons. Another thing that piqued his interest over the years was food creation from start to finish including making bread by grinding his own wheat and making coffee by roasting his own beans.
Bob was predeceased by his mother and father (Mary and Elvis), sister and brother-in-law (Dorothy and Don), companion Diana, and great-nephew Brian. He is survived by his niece Diane (Don), nephew Dereck (Darcy), several great-nieces and nephews as well as great-great-nieces and nephew.
A private gathering will be held at a later date.
Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Bob Ross, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB T4B 3L8, Telephone: 403-948-1100.