Ross Dever Styles

22 mayo , 193117 septiembre , 2021

The Styles family lost our beloved father, mentor, teacher, grandfather, partner, grassroots social justice and environmental activist, entrepreneur and philosopher September 17th, 2021.

During his life Ross had many roles, many ideas, and touched many people through his diverse career paths, interests and activities. Born in Prince George as the sixth child of Clara and Eddy Styles, his curious mind and adventuresome spirit lead to varied life experiences spanning house building, hardware store ownership, industrial education teacher, counsellor and reforestation contractor. Ross had a deep affinity with nature spawning recreational pursuit of hiking, canoeing, photography, and skiing and also afforded the motivation for his career involvement in silviculture. He was also a forward and liberal-thinking person, genuinely caring about all people, and embracing diversity in all its forms.

Later in life Ross had an extensive intellectual journey of reading, dialogue and integration of religion, philosophy, physics, and holistic systems in pursuit of distilling a new unified approach to living in harmony and stewardship with Nature. As a part of this, he mentored a local environmental thinktank and lead the movement for Kamloops to become a Blue Dot community (David Suzuki Foundation) at the age of 87. A classic archetypal teacher, Ross loved to capture every teachable moment and took advantage of this to his last day.

With his wife Daphne of fifty four years they raised three children, and had the joy of three grandchildren with whom they were very connected. Travel was a priority, the style of which varied from local hiking and tenting to significant international travel, always learning along the way to deepen his understanding of culture and natural history.

In recent years his partner Donna brough much additional joy and companionship, and he valued this relationship deeply.

Ross established a Foundation Fund at Kamloops United Church (KUC) to promote the teachings of Thomas Berry that focuses on harmonizing the relationship between humans, the earth and its diverse life forms in order to find a new sustainable way into the future. No memorial service by request. Donations can be made to this fund in lieu of flowers. KUC address: 421 St Paul St, Kamloops, BC V2C 2J7 or phone 250-372-3020.


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Ross Dever Styles


Diane Bacon

28 septiembre , 2021

Dear Donna & Family,
May fond memories of Ross make your hearts smile!
NS cousins, Victor & Diane (Stiles) Bacon

Gisela Ruckert

26 septiembre , 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Ross' passing. He was an inspiration to many of us in the environmental community. I was particularly thrilled with his personal book-lending library! His commitment to lifelong learning is an example I hope to follow.

Sincere condolences to the family and to his partner, Donna, whom I had the pleasure of meeting.

The world needs more people like Ross Styles!

Dan and Dorothy Smith

26 septiembre , 2021

So very sorry for your loss. I do not believe that I met Ross but I do remember meeting his father, "Uncle Eddy Styles" when he came to NS to visit his little and youngest sister, Etta, my grandmother. If Ross was much like his father, then he must have been a truly kind man. Not sure of the date but I believe it was in the early 60's and we (my brother and I) were very young teenagers. I enjoyed his stories and found it so very interesting when he explained why there was a "y" in his name (Styles) - "Just made it so much quicker to sign my name as I only had to stroke across the top of the letters to cross the "t" and didn't have to stop and go back to dot the "i"." Sending hugs to all of Ross's family from the daughter of one of Ross's Nova Scotia cousins.

Sheila & Bob Koster

26 septiembre , 2021

I first met Ross thru my dad, Everett Wayne Stiles, his 1st cousin. More recently we connected in 2015 when we spent a week with he & Donna in Golden, BC, sharing so much history while they toured us around eastern BC. In 2017, as we were planning to meet up in Kamloops, but because of the fire they were in Victoria, where we were visiting. Ross invited us again to meet family and to travel north & meet his daughter & granddaughters. I loved the fact that Ross would tell me linage in the family, 1st cousin, once removed, etc. We kept in touch at Christmas for as long as I can remember. Sending our sympathy to Ross's immediate family. A Southern California cousin, once removed!

cogi Smith

26 septiembre , 2021

My most heartfelt condolences go out to all of Ross' family. Your tribute was a perfect description of the kind and worldly neighbour we knew for many years. Ross also had a great sense of humour and I so enjoyed sharing stories when we would meet on the street. Although, he moved to the other side of town, I enjoyed bumping into him and catching up with his latest stories of travel, interest and projects. He was a fine man, a great neighbour and a friend and resource. He loved his family and cared deeply for the world, always trying to make it a better place. Ross' smiling face is my memory. It is my hope the memories of his time with you, help in your healing.