Rooney, Ross Charles
Rooney, Ross Charles, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2014 after many challenges with his health in recent years. Ross was born in Watrous, SK and moved with his family to Truro, NS in the 30’s. In 1952, after marrying
Elizabeth McNutt in Truro, they returned to Saskatchewan. Ross was a printer and he began his career in the newspaper business in Macklin and Unity. After selling the Northwest Herald in the early 60’s, Ross spent a few years with New York Life while living in Saskatoon.
In 1968 the family moved to BC and lived in Kelowna, Prince George and Terrace, finally settling in Prince Rupert in 1973. Ross owned and operated “Rupert Printers” there until the late ‘90’s. He was very active with many clubs and service organizations over the years especially the Terrace Lions Club, Terrace Kiwanis Club, Prince Rupert Elks Lodge, Masonic Temple #35 and Prince Rupert Shriners. He was also a friend of Bill W. since 1981.
In 1997, Ross moved to Victoria to be closer to his daughters and
grandsons and lived there until 2007 when health issues caused him to move to
Courtenay to reside with his daughter, Kelley.
He is survived by his four children; Dawn Fielden, Kelley Rooney, Tracey Buker and David McCagherty, sons-in law Ron Fielden and Perry Buker, daughter in law Susan Skelton, grandsons Devon and Patrick Telford,
Devon’s wife Cara and great grandson Reid Telford, his sister Eloise Knight and her husband Ed, his sister Elaine Lunn and her husband Dave, as well as many nieces and nephews. Ross was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Ada Rooney, his older sisters, Jean and Margaret, his brother Ralph and his ex-wife, Elizabeth.
Ross was a man of unlimited optimism and energy. Besides his family, he loved Volkswagens, skiing, trips on his Goldwing motorcycles and telling stories, some of them even true! He touched many people’s lives and he will be missed.
The family sends its deepest appreciation to Dr. Brad Harris and the doctors and staff of the TCU at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, Ross’s home since last fall. Their kindness and compassion were limitless. There will be no
service. In Ross’s memory, donations can be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, 2137 Comox Avenue, Comox, BC, V9M 1P2,