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Lloyd Ross

Lloyd James Ross

Wednesday, December 18th, 1929 - Saturday, July 6th, 2019
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Lloyd James Ross
December 18, 1929 – July 6, 2019

Son, brother, husband, Dad, Poppa, Great-Poppa, uncle, cousin, friend, teammate, school mate, neighbour, colleague. To all who have been fortunate enough to know Lloyd – “LJ” – you recognized him to be quite simply a wonderful man and a gentle soul. It is with great sadness but mostly with the fondest of memories and the awareness of how lucky we have been to be part of his family that we announce his passing. Beloved husband of Shirley (Towriss) for nearly 64 years; proud father of Tim (Tracey), Mary-Ellen (Eddie), Laurie (Richard); Poppa to Dylan (Katerina), Candace (Matthew), Gemma, Sarah and Robert; Great-Poppa to Naomi and Levi. In his classic way, he shared some simple words of wisdom with his family: he bid us all to “carry on and lead great lives”. And that we promise to do.

Lloyd was a member of two outstanding organizations over his career. As a 1954 graduate of Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), now part of University of Guelph, he served as President of the Alumni Association, kept up with his classmates, and was always leading class activities.

Fresh out of OAC, Lloyd and a number of his classmates were hired as salesmen by Toronto Elevators, later a division of agribusiness giant Maple Leaf Mills (MLM). The era of the late 1950’s and 1960’s was an incredibly innovative period in agriculture and Lloyd and his classmates were at the forefront. After a distinguished career with MLM, Lloyd returned to University of Guelph in 1981 as a seasoned professional to help start the co-op program for OAC students. It was a perfect fit: he loved helping students start their careers with meaningful jobs; and he had well-established relationships in industry to find those jobs. He ended his working life in 1995, on the same campus where he began as a student four decades earlier.

Sports were a major part of Lloyd’s life. In his younger days it was hockey and baseball, then moving on to golf, curling and lawn bowling. Lloyd was the last of the “Ross Boys” of Harriston – Allen, Gordon, Lloyd, Bert and Ralph – watched over by their sister Phyllis. The five brothers made their mark since childhood on local and regional sports teams, from hockey to baseball to curling. There were many championships. Notably, all five brothers were members of the 1948 Teviotdale Tigers, Ontario Senior ‘E’ hockey champions.

Lloyd became quite an artist later in life, inspired by the natural world to take up watercolour painting. We are fortunate to have his creations which he gave to family members over the past few years.

In addition to his many accomplishments, Lloyd was a man of considerable strength, integrity and graciousness. He had a tremendous sense of humour and a good way with a story. He was the one who organized things, and the one whom events revolved around. He inspired a love of sports in all of us. Family dogs would inevitably be seated near him. Yet, he never placed himself first, and was always interested in what was happening in everyone’s lives. Family gatherings – such as attending the very first Toronto Blue Jays game, celebrating our Scottish heritage at the Fergus Highland Games, or off to the racetrack for a night of harness racing – will not be the same without him.

A celebration of Lloyd’s life will take place on Saturday, August 24 at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street South in Fergus, Ontario starting at 1 pm, with a reception to follow. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, any donations should be directed to the Canadian Red Cross or the Fergus Curling Club.
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Graham Giddy Funeral Home, Fergus Chapel
    Address
    280 St. David Street South
    FERGUS, ON
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  • Interment

    Location
    Greenfield Cemetery
    Address
    Arthur
    ARTHUR, ON
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  • Reception

    Location
    Graham Giddy Funeral Home, Fergus Chapel
    Address
    280 St. David Street South
    FERGUS, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reception to take place at the Funeral Home immediately following service.

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Janet Tolton

Posted at 08:49am
Lloyd has been greatly missed around the Fergus Curling Club - a testament of his organizational and social skills was his leadership in running the Giddy's Masters Bonspiel for many years. Active and caring members like Lloyd are what keep sporting organizations thriving. Sincere condolences to Lloyd's family from the Fergus Curling Club.
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Betty Aprile

Posted at 03:35pm
Curled with Lloyd and Shirley. A sweet man. He will be sorely missed.
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Helen Marucci

Posted at 11:40pm
I reported to Lloyd Ross when I was a Census Taker in the late 1980's and I had tremendous respect for his organizational abilities and professionalism. Twenty-some years later, Lloyd and I served together on the Board of our home, Briarlea Place Condominium Corporation. We worked together there for many years. I was sorry to see him and Shirley leave our building and move away from Fergus. I only hope these last couple of years have been pleasant ones for them both and I tremendously enjoyed working with him. I met two of the daughters and know they will be saddened to lose such a tremendous man from their family......sincerest condolences to all who are left behind. Warm regards, Helen Marucci, Fergus, ON
 

Deb Schlieker-Schurman Posted at 10:10am

Lloyd always took an interest in your story. A very kind and gentle soul. I am happy to say “I knew Lloyd Ross”!
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