We Remember

NEIL, Ross E.

July 8, 1948 — September 24, 2022

Ross Neil, age 74, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on September 24, 2022.  Ross was the kind of guy who (no matter who you were – young or old), he would make you smile, make you chuckle, and give you a sense of happiness. He was funny in a natural sort of way, if you were the right kind of person, he might even pull out a colourful joke, but kids loved him too. And, he liked them, he would reach them at their level. Ross had a genuine heart, an authentic personality. Honest with himself, he was a straight shooter, he didn’t have time for lies, and you could bet he would let you know what he thought.

Despite the fact that Ross was born in Peterborough, ON, to the late Eurwin and Florence Neil, he spent most of his life in the Okanagan Valley. That was a good thing for Ross, since he was the outdoors type, he loved camping & fishing, and he would go quading as often as possible, he was well suited to the valley’s landscape. In 1973, he married his dear Lorraine, and they were married for over 40 years. They had two children, Theresa and Derek, and in turn they became grandparents, when Theresa had her daughter, Grace. Ross was wild about his family, and he loved spending time with them. He was a good, loyal friend, and if you were his friend, he made you feel like family.

Ross wasn’t the kind of guy that took well working for someone else, so during his working years, he was an entrepreneur. He was a jack-of-all-trades, good with his hands, and he either owned or partnered with others to run different businesses. For the most part he owned a successful plumbing & heating company, and he partnered up to run R&R Irrigation (one of the Rs is for Ross). He had a sharp mind, was good at math, and figuring out solutions; this allowed him to be able to fix just about anything, whatever it was that wasn’t working, was a puzzle, and he would crack it.  As he got older and had more time on his hands, he could be found outside tinkering on anything mechanical, fixing things, or working on his model trains.

Theresa, her husband Ron, and Grace are going to miss their strong, yet loveable father and grandfather; and his extended family members are also going to miss him too, Ross was one-of-kind. He was predeceased by Lorraine, and sadly their son, Derek.

A Celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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