William "Bill" Ross
Born In: Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: June 2nd, 2012
BLACK POINT – William Innis “Bill” Ross, 91.
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Bill Ross on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow.
Bill had been a resident of the Northumberland Veteran’s Wing of the Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital, Pictou and was a former resident of Black Point.
Born Sept. 28, 1920 and raised in New Glasgow, NS, Bill was the son of Dan and Queenie (Nevin) Ross, and will be sadly missed by daughters, Joanne (Ken) Horton, Dartmouth; and Aileen Siddall, Atlanta, Georgia/Black Point; grandsons: Mark, Craig, Jason, Terry and Lee; and his six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 65 years, Helen (nee Williams) formerly of Barney’s River, and sister Edith.
A proud veteran of World War II, Bill joined the RCAF in 1941 and served as an armament and gunnery specialist and was assigned to 10 BR Liberator Squadron on coastal command in Newfoundland and in Victoria, BC.
Married in 1945, Bill and Helen started a retail business selling farm equipment and feed in Stellarton, NS under the name of W.I. Ross which later became Ross and Williams Ltd. Bill was a respected and extremely active member of his community and served for a term on the Board of Managers of the Presbyterian Church and as an elder for 35 years. In his earlier years he was a 10 year volunteer of the Stellarton Fire Dept., a past president of the Kiwanis Club, received his 50 year jewel as a Shriner and a 45 year member of the Gyro Club in New Glasgow. Bill was also a life member of the YMCA, RCAF Association and a Charter Member of the Keith Lodge.
Forever busy, Bill had numerous hobbies from coin collecting for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, stamp collecting, building his own airplane (Piper Super Cub replica) and restoring a 1926 Model T Ford as well as tending to his former treasured property at Black Point.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow, from where a memorial service will take place for Bill and Helen at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, with Mr. Mike Simmons and Rev. Aidan Kingsbury officiating.
Donations in Bill’s honour may be made to the Presbyterian Church in Little Harbour, NS.
Messages of condolences to the family may be made by visiting: www.rhporter.ca.