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Ross McIlvenna

August 9, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, friend,  Ross McIlvenna.  Ross passed away peacefully on August 9 at age 77.  Better known as “Ross the Boss”.  Born in North Bay, lived on Salt Spring Island for 37 years and in Sidney this past year.

Always youthful, excited for a new day and ready for a new adventure,  Ross is remembered for his enterprising spirit.

 He was a commercial diver, offshore sailor, former owner of Ross & Ganges Marine & Equip, Harbours End Marine & Equipment, Salt Spring Marina & Ross the Boss Marine & Equipment.  A self made man with many very accomplished skills.  Whether tackling a tricky engine, carving a totem pole or pirate or painting a lighthouse, he was never restricted by the impossibility of anything.  In Ross’ world, everything was possible!  He always gave it his best shot.  Knowing Ross was like having a ring side seat at a one man circus.

 Forever wheeling and dealing, dispensing advice “You know what you should do” always fixing  and helping people make things better.  Even set backs were greeted with only a momentary pause and then it would be “well, let’s try this” all with a trade-mark phrase “it’s a hell of a deal”.  At the end of the day, a drink of rye at the kitchen table with a good friend….it doesn’t get better than that. Ross will be remembered for his positive spirit, his zest for life and his sense of wonder.

Ross is survived by his children, Rhea (Oman), Kathy (Kingston), Teus (Coquitlam), Tabias (Langley), Alexandra (Vancouver) and his beloved wife, partner, soulmate of 27 years Jo.  Also survived by his brothers Jim & Robert.

Forever grateful to Dr David Woodley “the best doctor ever” for guiding us through this journey.  There will be no service.  Ross’s request “Raise a glass to me”.

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