With fondness and love we say goodbye to Lynne Ross, a dynamic woman whose energy, beauty, grace and good humour touched us all. Married 62 years to husband Ron, they forged a life together that began in Alberta and blossomed in the rugged frontiers of Port McNeill during the early 1960’s and ‘70’s, halcyon years for BC’s forest industry.
Relentlessly industrious, mom was as happy cooking breakfast for a hundred
discerning loggers at the Dalewood Inn as she was working a midnight shift flagging gravel trucks on some isolated spur. This hardy employment earned mom a soft touch office job at the Dryland Log Sort, really more of a production centre for the many Indian sweaters mom knitted there over the years for family and friends.
Mom acted in community theatre, was crowned queen at various ‘TOPS’ weight loss contests, produced award winning Halloween costumes for us five kids, and
avidly participated in bingo, lottery and any other game of chance that presented itself,
generally living life with a verve we can only envy.
Moving to North Van to join their children/grandkids, Mom regularly cooked huge family dinners and entertained often for over three decades. Always a night owl, mom would field hours long phone chats, Fox Network blaring in the background, a
midnight dinner on the stove, jewelry and fancy shawls in mid-production, and unending paperwork to attend to. A consummate armchair politician, the ears of many elected still scorch with her insights.
This past year mom relinquished her beloved home for hospital and assisted living. She monitored the goings on at VGH’s Centennial 7D with the same astuteness she regularly accorded to an episode of The Young & Restless. Thank you 7D staff for your kindness. Thank you staff and residents at Abbeyfield House on Hudson, who truly made mom feel at home.
Mom made the most of this final journey as she had her entire life, finding the positive in everything and thoroughly chewing someone out when she did not. She will be missed greatly and thought of often. Mom, pictured here at 83, leaves her husband Ron and their children Kim (Brian), Lana (Bruno), Brian (Holly), Ron, and Mike (Val) as well as 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, with more on the way! A celebration of mom’s life will be held on February 6 at 2:00pm at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Rd., N.Van.