MARSHALL, George “Ross”
December 17, 1932 — November 6, 2023
In loving memory of George Ross Marshall, a consummate gentleman, who peacefully departed on November 6, 2023, at the age of 90.
Throughout his entire life, Ross remained an independent individual, embodying the qualities of kindness, true gentility, generosity, and humility that made him one of the most pleasant people you could ever encounter. Ross spent his time on this earth helping people, there was nothing more natural to him than extending a helping hand or offering support to someone in need of something.
On December 17, 1932, Ross was born to Hazel & James Marshall in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In his youth, he was an enthusiastic boxer. He was always a diligent worker; his journey into the workforce began with a job delivering meat on his bicycle after school. From 1949 to 1974, Ross dutifully served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 25 years, and as a result, he had the opportunity to reside in various regions across Canada. Following his military service, Ross dedicated 15 years to working at Manpower. Subsequently, he ventured into entrepreneurship, successfully running his own business for an extended period.
Ross’s love for his wife, Margaret, was truly unparalleled. He cherished her above all else. As her dementia developed, he was her devoted caretaker until her final day. Their love story was remarkable, having met and shared their lives for 54 years. Their union was so deep and genuine that it felt as though they had always been together. They were not only bound by love but also by their son, Robin (and later, also by their beautiful daughter-in-law, Jackie). In Margaret’s later years, when she needed care in a home and struggled to sleep, Ross would lovingly bring a chair beside her bed and stay with her through the night, epitomizing their enduring love story.
Ross had a deep-rooted affection for animals throughout his life. He was particularly fond of black labs, having trained a series of them, starting with Pal, followed by Shorty, Tara, KC, and Kayla. His love extended to his “grandogs” as well, forming special bonds with a golden retriever named Abbi Rae, Mini-Pin a little Chihuahua, and, of course, the cherished Rosa, lovingly referred to as “Grandpa’s Little Rosebud”. Ross was a skilled outdoors man and fisherman, which was something he and son enjoyed together. Ross possessed a remarkable knack for handiwork. Notably, he refurbished and generously donated a 1929 Ford Truck, showcasing his skill and generosity. His favourite hymn was the timeless “How Great Thou Art,” performed by Jim Neighbours.
Ross was a bright soul, and he will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
It was his wish not to have a funeral, and to respect those wishes, family and friends will honour him, each in their own way.
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