It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ross MacDonald on July 3, 2019 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre, Blairmore, AB. He was 80 years of age.
Ross was born in Blairmore, AB on April 19, 1939. Although he left the area for a time, he returned to the Crowsnest Pass permanently in 1980. While away, Ross met the love of his life, Elizabeth Mae Matley and they married on June 3, 1961. When Elizabeth passed away on April 11, 2005, the couple had been blessed with almost forty-four years of marriage and had created countless happy memories together.
Ross had a strong sense of duty and responsibility. These traits served him well during his enlistment in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1958 until 1964, and later as a member of the Alberta Fish and Game Association and the Hillcrest Fish and Game Protective Association. Although Ross was employed as a computer technician for a seismic company in the oil and gas industry, his true passion was nature and wildlife. Seldom seen without his trademark pipe, he was an avid outdoorsman who not only enjoyed hunting and fly-fishing, but also advocating for the conservation of wildlife and their habitat. For many years Ross was a contributing writer for the Pass Promoter, making us aware and educating us about all things environmental. His tireless dedication and unforgettable character will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.
With respect for Ross’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Hillcrest Fish and Game Protective Association (PO Box 125, Hillcrest, AB T0K 1C0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.