Chester Keith Ross

April 23, 1928 – May 29, 2019
Passed away on May 29, 2019 at the age of 91 in Port Alberni, BC.
Predeceased by his loving wife Jean; parents William and Elizabeth; his siblings Preppa, Bertha, Glen and Ray; and grandson Jason. Survived by his children Russell (Paula), Danny (Brenda), Lea (Dermot) and Keith (Kobe); grandchildren Christine, Steven, Yessica, Crystal, Kara, Samuel, Kelly, Darilyn, and Kea; 8 great grandchildren as well as many friends and a large extended family.
Born in New Holland, Manitoba on April 23, 1928, it wasn’t long before Chester’s family went west to Port Alberni in the 1930s. They had lived first at McCoy Lake, then Great Central Lake. Chester became a Merchant Marine at age 15 and travelled the seas during the Second World War.
He found his way back to Port Alberni and had no shortage of careers, from truck driving, being a longshoreman and even an undertaker before meeting the love of his life, Jean. Soon after, they had found a home on Sproat Lake in 1958 and raised their family. They would go on to stay there for 54 years until Jean passed away.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 293, 4680 Victoria Quay, Port Alberni, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations in Chester’s memory may be made to the SPCA, 4936 Broughton Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8R6 or the Bread of Life Centre 3130 3rd Ave, Port Alberni, BC.
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