Dr. Ross Hunter Finlayson

February 22, 1921February 28, 2014

FINLAYSON, Dr. Ross Hunter Peacefully on Friday, February 28, 2014 at Shalom Village at the age of 93. Ross is now reunited with his beloved wife Betty (2011). Dearly loved father of Don Finlayson (Lorraine) of Hamilton, Joan Scott (Gary) of St. Catharines and Nancy Finlayson (Rick Willms) of London. Devoted and proud grandfather to Ryan, James and Eric Scott, Emma and Kate Finlayson. Ross was preceded in death by his parents Hunter and Mercaline Finlayson, and his brother Robert. He is survived by his sister-in-law Donna Smith and will be remembered with fondness by several nieces and nephews. Ross proudly served his country as a Mosquito pilot in the RCAF during World War II. He was a highly respected dentist in Hamilton for over 50 years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed serving on the Boards of The Hamilton Academy of Dentistry, The Ontario Dental Association, the Rotary Club and Central Presbyterian Church amongst others. He also held the position of clinical demonstrator at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto for several years. Visitation will be held at the MARLATT FUNERAL HOME, 615 Main St. East (east of Sanford), Hamilton, on Tuesday, March 4th from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the Marlatt Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1 p.m., with reception to follow at the funeral home. Cremation to follow with interment at Bayview Cemetery, Burlington. As an expression of sympathy, contributions to Central Presbyterian Church or Shalom Village would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dr. Ross Hunter Finlayson

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November 22, 2014

Dr. Finlayson was a class act! I was a patient of his for over 30yrs and when he was shopping at my work place, he would always make an effort to come and find me and say "Hi". I think of him often, my deepest sympathy to his family. BRUCE COOPER

Tony Jenkins

April 15, 2014

I had a root canal yesterday. During a break in the proceedings I told the dentist about my first dentist, Dr. Finlayson. I do that often; anytime dentistry is mentioned in a social or business situation and frequently when it isn't. Dr. Finlayson the dentist and Ross Finlayson the husband, father, and citizen was so exceptionally competent, generous, kind and personable that the snippets of his story that I saw first hand, as long ago as 1959, never fail to impress and inspire me and those who never knew him. So it was with great sadness that when I investigated Dr. Finlayson's whereabouts I read that he had recently passed.
Hail to an exemplorary life.

March 11, 2014

Ross was an extremely kind and generous man as well as an excellent dentist. He took good care of my young family and for my kids going to the dentist was not the terrifying experience that I experienced before we discovered Dr. Finnie. My condolences to Don, Joan and Nancy!

Paul Tomlinson

Chris Bowlby

March 7, 2014

What a lovely photograph of Dr. Ross Finlayson! We lived across the street from his family in Hamilton. My condolences to Donald, Joan and Nancy and your families. He was a well respected professional and a caring father. Chris Bowlby (Courtenay, BC)

Derick McQuarrie

March 4, 2014

Dr. Finlayson was my Dentist for some 50 years. I first was a patient when i was 5 and continued to see him yearly first with my parents, then by myself from about age 12, and later he looked after my Wife and 3 Children.
He as a great Dentist and an even better man. I was never afraid to have a dentist appointment because he was so cheerful and funny and made the experience so great. i especially remember the paintings of World War !! airplanes in his reception room. I will miss him and always thing of him with a smile. Derick McQuarrie, Hamilton

Cathy Hillgren

March 3, 2014

When I think of Ross, I think of his smile and cheerful attitude. He will sure be missed.

Betty Krieger

March 3, 2014

My condolences to Dr. Finlayson's children, Don Joan and Nancy. I'll always remember the photo of the 3 of you in his office when you were mere children. He was my dentist from the time I was a child and for nearly 20 years after moving to Toronto I drove to Hamilton to see him at Terminal Towers. He was a warm, kind and gentle man and a great (and gentle dentist). I've never forgotten him and never will. - Betty Krieger

March 2, 2014

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Ross Finlayson. Growing up with his daughter Joan I was at his house a lot and I remember he was always so cheerful and cordial. I always sensed he had great respect and love for his family. Also my son, having met Ross at Shalom in the fitness centre, always appreciated his sense of humor and cheery greetings. I am sorry to not give my condolences in person as I am out of the country.
Donald, Joan and Nancy you were blessed to have such a supportive and loving Dad.
Rosemary Almas (Hamilton On)

Pete Jarvis

March 1, 2014

Dr.Finlayson was our family dentist for as long as I can remember.I'm now 55.As soon as I was old enough to take a bus by myself (10 or 11),It was an adventure for a kid to travel to Terminal Towers on my own.I'll always remember the pictures of planes in the waiting room.Ross and Betty were close friends of my parents,and lived a block and a half from us in Westdale. Rest in Peace Dr. Finlayson-Pete Jarvis and my Mom-Helen Jarvis.