Alma Joan Ross

27 May , 195423 August , 2018

Devoted mother, wife, sister and daughter Joan Ross (nee Champion)(64) was born in Hamilton, PEI and received her early schooling in Hamilton and Kensington. A strong personality with an early disposition toward equality in the workplace she was the first woman to manage a liquor store in PEI and went on to work for the City of Ottawa, Trinity Western University, the University College of the Fraser Valley and the University of Northern British Columbia where she fulfilled numerous roles including parking manager, auditor, administrator and professor. Joan was a strong advocate of education and spent her lifetime learning new things. She earned degrees from Acadia (BA) and the University of Ottawa (MA) in Economics and later in life, at 56, she obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Northern British Columbia. She is survived by husband, Eric -White Rock, BC, daughter Bree -Prince George, BC, sons Slade -Prince George, BC and Scot-Fort McMurray, Alta, brother Willard(Sandra) – Hamilton, PEI, sister Bev(Richard) – Culloden, NS and brother-in-law Glenn(Carol)-Lower Sackville, NS. Joan was predeceased by parents Horton and Leita Champion and father/mother in-law Frank & Merna Ross. Joan is fondly remembered by her family as a person with faith who valued others and had little time for the unnecessary details of life. Joan possessed an amazing mind and memory contributing greatly to the lives of all with whom she had contact. In life, as in death, memories of her are filled with some of her most quoted sayings which perfectly sum up her attitude toward life: “Be Brave”, “Nuts to this”, “If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much space”, and last but not least, in an obituary that cannot be too long for fear of inciting her complaint, a directive to those left behind, “Get on with it.” As per Joan’s wishes there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Alma Joan Ross

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Linda Henshaw

18 September 2018

Eric, Slade, Bree and Scott,

I am so sorry for your loss. As you know, Joan and I had been friends for over 40 years and I benefited from her pithy wisdom, humour, love, support and loyalty. There are too many memories to share but one of the things I remember her doing for me was repeating this wise fellow’s words: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Joan did. Or did not.

Linda Kupp

11 September 2018

Eric and family: My deepest condolences to you. I remember Joan as the person who interviewed and hired me for the Analyst position in our 2 person institutional research department at UNBC. We spent many hours together while she taught me how to extract data from Banner using MS Access so that we could generate reports for the myriad requests we received. We had great discussions on all sorts of topics during noon hour walks to get out of the office. I will miss you Joan. Rest in peace.

Ed & Diane Hankinson

8 September 2018

Bev, I am so sorry and hope that the memories you have will last forever. I did not realize when Richard told me, that Your were Joan's sister. Please take all your memories and bottle them up for safe keeping.

Frank & Elizabeth MacKinnon

6 September 2018

Our sympathies Eric to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wish we could be with you.

Lee Francis

5 September 2018

Sending my deepest condolences to Bev and her family. May you all find much love and comfort during this time. God bless all!

Greg and Susan Jamieson

5 September 2018

Our deepest sympathies Bev, to you and your family. May memories of your sister give you strength and peace.

Zoe Nunes

5 September 2018

Joan - You will forever be missed by everyone who was fortunate to have met you.

To her family, I would like to extend my condolences for your loss.

Zoe Nunes & family