It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Charles Stanley (Stan) Ross at the age of 88, at Chilliwack General Hospital in the early morning hours, Friday, October 14th, 2011.
Stan was born August 25, 1927 in the Chilliwack General Hospital. He grew up on Ryder Lake where the only toy he ever wanted was an axe. His parents raised goats who became his playmates and also one of his first words: “doats”.
His chosen career as a logger, and his passion and love of the woods continued throughout his life as he worked his land on Ryder Lake. One lot in particular became affectionately known as “Stanley’s Park”. He was an avid hiker and outdoorsman, climbing Mount McGuire on his 75th birthday. Regrettably, he had to retire his chainsaw and hiking boots when he was diagnosed with Leukemia three years ago.
Stan always gave generously to both the Chilliwack General Hospital and the BC Children’s Hospital. He was also a faithful Red Cross blood donor up until the age of 70 where his final count was 72 units! He would often comment “I guess I am getting paid back”, as he required over 29 transfusions during his long battle with cancer. Following his mother’s example, and in keeping with his generous nature, he even wished to have his body donated to science.
He leaves behind to mourn his faithful wife Lily, step-children Brad, Vancouver; Susan (Tom) Thunder Bay; and Scott (Christine) Chilliwack; and his grandchildren Shawna, Megan, Lucas, Noah, Corey and Chelsea. He was also predeceased by his step-son Richard in 2009. Stan also leaves behind his faithful companion, Samantha the cat.
A Memorial Service will be at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chilliwack General Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Online condolences can be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com