Donald Ross

Donald "Donnie" Ross

1948 - 2015

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Obituary of Donald "Donnie" Ross

Donnie was born in Cheverie, Hants County, on October 7, 1948 to Donald Arthur and the late Joyce Marie (Weatherbee) Ross. Donnie attended school in Kempt until he started junior high at Hants West Rural High School. In grade eight Mr. Riley introduced Donnie to drafting and his life-long vocation was born. After high school Donnie attended Kings Regional Vocational School for the drafting program. Donnie worked with the Department of Highways in 1971 on a casual basis until 1974 when he started working in Structural Engineering, Bridge Division. Donnie saw many changes in his profession - most importantly the introduction of AutoCad - until his retirement in 2001 for health reasons. In 1974 Donnie married Leona McLaughlin and they had one child, David Alyre Ross. They built their home in Gore, Hants County and, as many of you know, Donnie was always puttering and working on one project or another until he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2014.Donnie passed over at home on March 8, 2015 with his family at his side. He will be greatly missed by his wife Leona, Gore; his son David, Halifax; his father Don, Cheverie; his brother Glenn, at home; his sister Judy (Ed McLellan), Gays River; his sister-in-law Sandra Bourn, Dartmouth; his brother-in-law Glenn McLaughlin (Juanita Swinemar), Lr. Sackville; his brother-in-law Mark (Donna) McLaughlin, Middle Sackville; his sister-in-law Monique McLaughlin (Gary Oickle), Windsor; several nieces, nephews and friends. His constant companion Bella will miss the treats and cuddles. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 7-9pm in the J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Summerville. A celebration of Donnie's life will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 2pm in the Cheverie United Church, Rev. Garnet Parker officiating, with private family interment at the Cheverie United Church Cemetery, New Cheverie Road at a later date. Following the service there will be a reception in the church basement. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Donnie may be made to the East Hants Palliative Care Unit, the QE II Foundation or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of the J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Hwy 215, Summerville; 1-902-633-2431. Please visit our website at www.allenfh.ca to sign the guest book or send private condolences.
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