Robert Duncan Ross
Robert Duncan Ross
July 9, 1926 - August 7, 2016
Robert Duncan Ross, BA, LLB, QC, beloved husband of Sheila H. Ross, passed away August 7, 2016 in Vancouver B.C., one month after his 90th birthday celebration. Bob graduated from UBC law in 1949 and became an accomplished lawyer. Through his work, he was an advocate for many clients with spinal cord injuries. In recognition of his excellence in personal injury law, he was designated QC. He was an early backer of Rick Hansen's 1985 Man in Motion Tour, supported several para - athletes and promoted spinal cord injury research.
Besides his loving wife Sheila, Bob is survived by his four children: Catherine Sabiston (Paul), Robert (Sophie Dynbort), Nancy and Gordon (Jay Fiddler) and his twelve grandchildren: Duncan and Ross Sabiston, Harry, Rosalind and Patrick Ross, Jordan Ross, Francesca and Nathaniel Pearson, Kate and Erin Ross, Lily and Liam Ross. His sisters, Mary Bancroft and Aileen Walker (her children Ross and Susan), daughter-in-law Lisa Ross, family friends, nieces and nephews, will all miss him. The family thanks Paul Pretorius, Bob's devoted driver and caregiver for over six years.
As a sailor, Bob loved racing in both local and bigger races including the Swiftsure and Cape Town to Rio. He enjoyed cruising with the family every summer in the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound. When the 8-meter Concerto got too cramped for four growing children, it was swapped for the very pink Penelakut. For many years, he went skiing at Whistler, often warming up with some Austrian yodeling. Over the last 10 years, his passion was horse racing. He loved buying and breeding racehorses and could often be found at Hastings Park, accompanied by longtime friend Bob Twitchell. Always an optimist - his favorite word was "wonderful".
An Eight Bells Service will be held on Thursday August 18th 2016 at 4pm followed by a reception at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Rd. Flowers are gratefully declined; memorial donations might be made to Spinal Cord Injury BC www.sci-bc.ca or the Vancouver Hospice Society http://www.vancouverhospice.org/.