WEST, John Ross
Passed away peacefully at Laurel Place Hospice in Surrey, B.C. on May 18, 2017. He was born in Grand Junction, CO on Oct 17, 1932 but was raised in Brandon, MB where he met and married his wife, Joan Christ who predeceased him in 2000. His very successful insurance career took him to Ontario for over 30 years before finally settling in BC, which he considered home, retiring at age 57, as Senior Vice President of Canadian Reinsurance Company. John was predeceased by his parents Rob Ross & Valentine as well as his sister and her husband, Yvonne and Russ Pettigrew. He is survived by his sister Mary-Jane Kennedy (Jim – deceased ), brothers Robert (Dianne) and Raymond (Anne), brother-in-law Gerald Christ (Ginny), daughter Barbara (Pierre) and son Mark (Carolyn) as well as his beloved 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
John enjoyed his career but loved his hobby, barbershop singing. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society (then called SPEBSQSA) at age 17 and recently received his 68 year renewal. As a member of numerous choruses and quartets and as a past chorus director, he was always ready to sing a barbershop song. John was a lifelong Catholic, who attended church regularly and often directed the church choir (which included most of the family) while his wife, Joan played the organ.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 20675 87 Ave, Langley BC on Saturday, June 10th at 11am followed by an “afterglow” to celebrate John’s life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local hospital or hospice or just come and sing!
Kearney Columbia-Bowell Chapel 604-521-4881