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Memorable Manitobans: Eldon M. Ross (1931-2016)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at St. James on 26 October 1931, one of thirteen children of Earl and Margaret Ross, he served in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Reserves then, in 1952, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving with the 427 Squadron in Germany and French Morocco. He then worked as a locomotive fireman with the Canadian National Railway before going into sales, operating an electronics supply store from 1966 to retirement in 2006. He was Vice-President of the Manitoba Lacrosse Association and President of the St. James Flames Senior Hockey Club. Elected in 1971 to the Winnipeg city council, he stepped down in 1980 and was later commemorated by a public swimming pool in Brooklands. He was a member of the Winnipeg Police Commission, as a Director of Winnipeg Enterprises, Director of Winnipeg Convention Centre, Chairman of Wards Review Commission, Director of Manitoba Development Corporation, and on the board of The Manitoba Military Tattoo, and President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (1994-1995). He died at Winnipeg on 14 March 2016.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2016

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