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Ross Edward MacDonald

Ross Edward MacDonald

August 7, 2022

Ross Edward MacDonald

MacDONALD, Ross Edward - Peacefully on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Strathcona Long Term Care, Mount Forest, in his 96th year. Beloved husband of the late Iva MacDonald (neé Whetham) and dear friend of the late Valerie Dickey. Loving father of Doug (Ruth) MacDonald of Mount Forest, Doris Carmount of Mount Forest, and Murray (Patti) MacDonald of Waterford. Predeceased by his son Eldon, son-in-law Dave, and four brothers: Arnold, Russell, Gladwyn and Ken. Survived by 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Ross was a lifetime resident of Mount Forest whose passion was farming. He had a great love of horses, especially his team of Belgians – King and Barney. He was regularly seen pulling floats in various local parades and was in great demand for his winter sleigh rides. He had a variety of jobs throughout his lifetime – CN Express deliveryman, auxiliary police officer, arena manager, billiard hall owner, restaurant owner, farmers market manager (who made the best hot dogs ever), building inspector and by-law officer.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Strathcona Long Term Care for their excellent care and compassion. 

The funeral service will be held at Mount Forest United Church, 175 Queen Street East, Mount Forest, on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 12 noon, with visitation from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Interment at Mount Forest Cemetery. Due to the ongoing construction on Hwy. 89 in Mount Forest, please visit www.mountforestunitedchurch.com for instruction to access the church parking lot. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.  


Doug and Ruth
Our sympathies to the family.
Bill and Pat

— Bill and Pat Stortz, August 16, 2022

Sincere condolences to the MacDonald Families on the passing of Ross. He will be remembered for his smile that couldn't help but make others feel happiness, too. The love of his horses and appearing in all the local parades will always come to mind at any future parades.
Blessings, thoughts and prayers.
Marlyn Howard & Family

— Marlyn, August 11, 2022

We are so Sorry to hear of Ross's passing, he was such a great man,
May he Rest In Peace

— Jerry and Valerie Arthur, August 11, 2022

Our deepest condolences to all of you. Ross was a great friend of our Dad Jack, and our families intertwined many times over the years. Guess who Murray Douglas Markle was named after? It has been many years since we have seen Ross, but we will always remember the twinkle in his eye and his great laugh. We know he will be missed by many.
Thinking of you at this difficult time... Mary-Anne, Murray and Elva Lee

— Mary-Anne Markle, Murray Markle and Elva Lee Ball, August 11, 2022

Condolences to all the family. You picked the perfect picture to capture Ross. Every parade that highlighted his horses, keeping the rink rats in their place at the arena. Ross was everywhere with that great smile. When I was little I thought he was the Mayor. A wonderful man.

— Cheryl (bye) Murphy, August 11, 2022

My deepest sympathy to you, Doug & Ruth, and to the rest of your family. Be strengthened in the memories of all the great things Ross did.

— Tim Andrews, August 11, 2022

Doris & Family .. We talked so much about your dad .. he was truly loved by family & we enjoyed hearing about your life together. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love Diana & Bogdan

— Diana Figg & Bogdan Rog, August 11, 2022

My condolences to MacDonald Family ,Uncle Ross is going to be missed dearly

— James, August 10, 2022

Sorry for your loss Doug and family condolences to the family


— FRED AND DIANNE HOEHN, August 10, 2022

Ross. A true gentleman always with the most welcoming smile while sharing lots of great stories. A true angel.. May the macdonald families cherish all the memories througb this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to all of you. Heather

— Heather walker, August 10, 2022

We are sorry to hear of your loss- condolences to you all of the Macdonalds

— Lee Temple and Ralph Reeves, August 10, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Ross and family.

— MacDonld, McIntyre & Thompson Families, August 10, 2022

Many treasured memories of our farming life in the Tollgate community with Ross and Iva as our neighbour and friend. Sending our most sincere sympathy to all the family. Donald and Irene Neal

— Donald and Irene Neal, August 10, 2022

My deepest condolences to the MacDonald Family. I have very fond memories of Ross & Iva and their family of many years ago. We were neighbours when my Dad & uncle Ivan were farming. Ross had that million dollar smile and I will always remember that. My deepest sympathy to all.
Linda (Drewery) Brenner

— Linda Brenner, August 10, 2022

Ross was a gentleman and such an involved member of the community over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
Mary Allen & Bob Dippel

— Mary Allen, August 9, 2022

My condolences to all the family on the loss of Ross. His smiles will be missed by all

— Sharon Wilson, August 9, 2022

Sending our deepest condolences to your family during this difficult time with the loss of Uncle Ross.

Dwight, Jennifer Dunsmoor and family

— Dwight and Jennifer Dunsmoor, August 9, 2022

Doug, Ruth & Family. We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Jim & Karen

— Jim & Karen Bodendistle, August 9, 2022

Please accept my sincere sympathy on Ross's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.🙏

— Brenda Harris, August 9, 2022

Ruth, Doug and family.
May it help to comfort your sorrowing heart to know that we are remembering you during this difficult time of loss.
Our sincere condolences.
RoseAnne Desmarais & Bruce Chapman

— RoseAnne Desmarais, August 9, 2022

Doug & Ruth & family
Was sorry to see the loss of your Dad Doug, he was one of the last generations 'true gentleman'. You and your family are going to miss him so much, as a father, father-in-law, grandfather and great great grandfather.

Paula & Bruce Ghent
Belleville Ontario.

— Paula & Bruce Ghent, August 9, 2022

Dear Doug, Ruth and all the MacDonald Clan
I remember watching Ross and his team of horses in all the many parades in Mount Forest! May, the memories of Ross live on in the generations to come. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with all of you!🙏

— Patti Young, August 9, 2022

Doris and families:

Deepest condolences and blessings to all. Donna

— Donna Marchesich-Henderson, August 9, 2022

Our sincere sympathies on your loss of Ross. We have many fond memories of him pulling our float for us in the Holstein Christmas Parade. He will be missed by many. Barb & John Stevenson


Love & Prayers go out to each of Ross's family. Our thoughts go back to MANY opportunities we had to share with a terrific neighbour and friend. We will miss his GREAT SMILE and jolly attitude and talks. Praying that God will give each one of you the peace and contentment that only comes from HIM. Best Wishes Garn & Barb

— Garn & Barb Troyer, August 9, 2022

Our condolences to Ross’s family and close friends. The day always seemed a little brighter after a small chat with Ross.

— Gord and Mary MacEachern, August 9, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to all of the families.

— Karen K Switzer, August 9, 2022

Sending the whole family our condolences at the time of your loss. Lots of great memories for all of you. Sorry for your loss.
Michele and John

— Michele Kleinsteuber, August 9, 2022

Condolences to the MacDonald family, thoughts & prayers are with you.

— Robert Weber, August 9, 2022

Our deepest sympathies to all of the MacDonald family.

— Jason and Amber Oakes, August 9, 2022

Jeff and Lorie, our sincere condolences on your loss of Grandpa. We never met him, but always love to hear your stories about him.

— Mike & Lori Thompson, August 9, 2022

My condolences to all the family. Ross was a very special man Murray and I will cherish all are memories we have had with him.

— Murray &Karen Rachar, August 9, 2022

I am truly sorry for your loss and for mine....i thought he might be one that would live forever....i will never forget my first trip to st Jacob's market .....where he spoiled my daughter Danielle with his favorite chocolate treat macaroons.....I adored our love of horses and how he was able to help my mom, Valerie, get over her adult lifelong fear of them....he was always there with a smile and a laugh or kindly ear ....he was one of the good ones ....God bless him and l hope he is at peace... driving his Belgiums with his ladies and many family and friends....drive on my friend drive on till we meet again Tammy

— Tammy Bos, August 9, 2022

Doris, Doug, Ruth & families:
Our heartfelt condolences to each of you as you grieve Ross' passing. Thinking of you...
with caring & prayers,
Gary & Gwynne

— Gary & Gwynne Smith, August 9, 2022

We are saddened to hear of Ross’ passing. I have fond memories of him and my grandmother Valerie and their time together. Our deepest deepest sympathies.

— Amanda (Person) and David Shortt, August 9, 2022

We are so very sorry to learn of Ross's passing. We were very fortunate to have Ross in our life if even for a few short years. We appreciated his knowledge, company, love of tractors and witty card playing. We will always treasure the joy he brought to Valerie's life. He will be forever missed.

— Shirley and Mark Person, August 9, 2022

Awwww so sorry to hear this sad news!! Just know that we are praying for you all as you mourn his lose. Loved his smile for sure!! Hugs!!! ❤️

— Don and Wendy Williamson, August 9, 2022

Our condolences to you Doug, Ruth and Family. May family, friends and all your wonderful memories support you at this time.

— Douglas & Michelle Stone, August 8, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to the MacDonald family. Gary and Anne Matthews.

— Gary and Anne Matthews, August 8, 2022

Our condolences to the MacDonald family, Ross rode with me on the Town Police as an auixually officer and he had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed his company over the years.

— Bob &Mary McIntee, August 8, 2022

We are sorry to hear about Ross, treasure the memories of our family gatherings and take comfort in them.
Bill and Donna Dingwall

— Bill and Donna dingwall, August 8, 2022

Our sincere condolences to the MacDonald Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time!

— Joe and Faye Meulensteen, August 8, 2022

Our deepest sympathy for you and your family of Doug's & Ruth's, we never met Doug's father, but any loss is sad. It sounds like he passed all of his attributes on to all of his FAMILY. Again our deepest sympathy 😔🙏

— Robert & JEANNE McAllister, August 8, 2022

Our sincere condolences Doug and Ruth and your families. He certainly lived a good life though many interesting times. Our thoughts are with you.

— Dianne and Richard McWatt, August 8, 2022

Our condolences to the MacDonald family for their loss. Love the picture of Ross with that smile! Always admired how the farm on 89 looked when he and Ida lived there.

— Joan Arthur, August 8, 2022

Our condolences to the whole family. It was always a pleasure to run into Ross.

— Dave and Marg Echlin, August 8, 2022

— Dave and Marg Echlin, August 8, 2022

Many great memories of Ross in the community, at family gatherings, and of him just being a great person to have a visit with - there was always laughter and that special smile that lifted the spirit. A family sleighride remains a treasured memory of three generations. We hold Ross in our thoughts and his much-loved family in our prayers. Our sympathy, George and Bonnie Holliday

— George and Bonnie Holliday, August 8, 2022

Wow, what does one say about such a dynamic and caring person? A man who leaves such a lasting and positive impression on so many lives he touched?
Our great uncle Ross was so much fun. He always extended a hand to anyone in need, his friends and especially his family and extended family.
My fondest memories in my youth which shaped who I am today, was spending time on the beautiful MacDonald family farm learning all about horses and livestock along with picking stones in the vast fields, swinging on a rope in the rafters of the barn then letting go and landing in the piles of grain! Uncle Ross had a ruggedness but also a gentle side which always made me feel safe and loved. You will be missed dearest Uncle Ross! Now you are with those loved ones who have passed before you which include your brother (my grandpa Russell MacDonald) along with your loving niece (my dear mom) Eleanor MacDonald-Dunsmoor.
Rest In Peace, love you always and forever, Pamela Dunsmoor-Rogers ❤️

— Pamela Dunsmoor-Rogers, August 8, 2022

Rest easy Grandpa!

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— Tricia & Jeremy Goetz, August 8, 2022
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