Ross Belsher passed away peacefully into the presence of God on Friday, Dec. 13, 2003.
He will be missed by his loving wife Ruth; sons, Bruce and Brent, and their families including four grandchildren; sister-in-law Evelyn (Selwyn) and her family; and many dear friends and relatives.
Ross is predeceased by his parents, Pearly and Greta; and brother Selwyn (1999).
Born in southern Saskatchewan and raised on the family farm in McCord, Ross graduated from Luther College and then earned a diploma from the School of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1956 a temporary position with Eaton’s led to a 28-year career with the company where he was store manager in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Guildford.
Ross and Ruth married in 1959 and enjoyed a marriage of 44 years. From 1984 to 1993 Ross had the privilege of serving as the Member of Parliament for Fraser Valley East. Before and after politics Ross was involved in the community through Rotary (President: Chilliwack, named a Paul Harris Fellow), Fraser Valley College Board (Chairman), Fraser Valley Health Board (Director), serving on various Chambers’ of Commerce Boards, Salvation Army Housing Management Board and Abbotsford Hospice (Director). Ross also actively served his church (Alliance) sitting on the board in Vancouver, Chilliwack, and Sevenoaks (Abbotsford).
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the many friends and family including the staff at Royal Columbian and MSA Hospital that supported Ross and them during the past six months of his illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Food for the Hungry International (#201-2580 Cedar Park Place, Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 3S5) or Camp Kawkawa (66706 Kawkawa Rd., Hope, B.C. V0X 1L1).
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Sevenoaks Alliance Church on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 with arrangements by Henderson’s Funeral Home.