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Ross Wallace
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
at age

Sunday, November 25th, 2018 from 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. & 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Innisfil Funeral Home

Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 2:00p.m. with visitation starting at 1:00p.m.

St. James United Church, Stroud


St. James United Cemetery


There willl be a reception at the Church following the Funeral Service


WALLACE, Ross - (B.A., M.S.W., U.E.) Passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital, in Barrie, On November 21st, 2018. Harold Ross Wallace in his 89th year, was the son of the late Harold and Helen (nee Guest) Wallace. A proud descendant of Dalhousie Settlers who came from the Glasgow area of Scotland to Dalhousie Township, Lanark County, Upper Canada in 1819 and to Innisfil in 1832. A descendant of Luke Brady; a United Empire Loyalist who came from Crown Point, New York and settled in Cornwall Township, Stormont County, in 1784. Also, a descendant of Thomas Jobbitt. Friends may call at the INNISFIL FUNERAL HOME, Stroud, on Sunday, November 25th, 2018 from 2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. & 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. James United Church, Stroud, on Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 2:00p.m. with visitation starting at 1:00p.m. Spring interment at St. James United Cemetery, Stroud. If desired memorial donations may be made to St. James United Church or to a charity of choice.


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Our hearts are broken that Ross has passed away. He was a true gentleman and gentle soul. I first began corresponding with Ross in 2001 after we had learned he wrote the book, Guests of Innisfil. Ross began his research from 1959 to 1961 without the use of the internet. He wrote out all his notes in long hand and had it professionally typed to be put together for his Guest relatives. Ross was a walking history book and I will be forever grateful for his guidance and input to my own Guest Family research. Our family in Winnipeg will miss our regular phone calls and his wonderful sense of humour. Ross, we have so many special memories of you. You will not be forgotten! Judy and Bob Labossiere
By Judy & Bob Labo...

RIP Ross. You will be greatly missed. Rowena Thornhill
By Rowena Thornhill

Ross was a brilliant man with a talent for research and a heart for storytelling. His heart took him on great adventures where he met many cousins and earned the affection of them all. He was a joy to visit with whether in person, by phone, or in writing. He imparted his knowledge of the Guest family with grace, intrigue, and humour. He certainly sparked an interest and pride in my own family's history, for which I will always be grateful. Rest in Peace my sweet cousin. Linda Guest, Winnipeg (Stonewall Guests)
By Linda Guest, Wi...

While we attended Barrie Collegiate at the same time, our friendship really began in the summer of 1950 when we were both attending summer classes at ty U of T. We were both boaron Mountalan Ave., a tiny Street off Jones Ave. We did many things together that summer and kept in touch with each other from then on. When my engagement was announced in the Barrie Examuner in 1957, Ross’s Uncle Will Blake informed my mother that my future father-in-law was his (second) cousin! Since then we have collaborated on family history! He has been a good friend and my family and I will miss him. Many of my friends here knew him and all speak well of him.
By Robert Halfyard

Out thoughts are with you. We have very fond memories of Ross. He and his parents were good family friends of my mon and dad (Lloyd and Edna) and my brother and sister. Rest In Peace good friend.
By Bob and Louise ...

I got to know Ross through the UELAC, Toronto Branch. His interest in genealogy took him far and wide to conferences and meetings. Will miss this gentleman.
By Martha Hemphill UE

Paul and Ross have been friends since the 50s when they met in Regina. They shared a passion for the church, for politics and or family history. He was best man at our wedding in 1971, and as a family we have many fond memories of visits to his home in Stroud. We were so lucky to have had lunch with him about 5 weeks ago, meeting half way near Orangeville. His death is a shock, but we are grateful it came gently. He lived a full and vigorous life to the end. Rest in peace. Barbara and Paul. Kitchener
By Paul and Barbar...

Very sad to hear about Ross. Our Aroha (love) to his family from our whanau (family) Lance, Mark & Fern Jobbitt. Our late mum Kath enjoyed his reunion visits to NZ and kept up correspondence with him for decades with a joint interest in genealogy after Ross wrote his Eight Score Years and 12. And we think he would be pleased that other family members have taken up the baton and are enjoying investigating and discovering further information on the Kiwi family connection. We all enjoy the reunions with our Canadian, American and English relies! He was a lovely, interesting man interested in others. Kia kaha
By Fern Jobbitt Au...

Ross will be sadly missed He was like a New Zealand Kauri Tree to the Jobbitt Family he had so much knowledge that he could share I was so lucky to stay with him 8years ago and my dad Bert 18years ago and to have him come an stay with me in New Zealand my heart goes out to all my cousins few an far God Bless You All xxxx. Clare & Paul Armstrong
By Clare Armstrong

Ross meant a great deal to all the Jobbitts in New Zealand, he connected us to our whanau (family) in Canada and was always a welcome sight with great stories on his visits over many years (all of my life) My personal favourite is that in all his research in our family tree, over many centuries, if ever money was to be found, it only ever lasted a generation or so!! LOL RIP Ross Naumai, haere mai, Kake mai e hoa
By Rick Jobbitt

What a Man!!Ross was a powerhouse of genelogical knowledge and had the ability to translate the most complicated relationships into layman terms.It was after my first visit to see him in 1996 that I was able to go back to New Zealand with loads of material pertaining to the Jobbitt Family and then in turn being able to share all that information with my Cousins in N.Z.This has led to family in New Zealand becoming more aware of their past and many family gatherings.Ross had a keen sense of humour and I will miss our frequent Sunday catchups.Rest in Peace old Mate and God Bless.
By Kevin and Rhond...

We are very sorry for the loss of the very kind Ross. The NZ jobbitt Family all have very fond memories of Ross which we will all cherish. Thinking of you all today.
By Anau, Rachel, S...

Ross was a true Christian gentleman. His passing is a sad loss to all who knew and respected him. I remember him and his parents fondly from my youth at St. James' Church in Stroud. When I left to pursue my university studies at Western in London, Ross, by then a professional social worker, was employed there. He became a source of support and encouragement to a local boy away from home for the first time in the City. I remember our sharing an occasional meal together and exchanging stories of family and mutual friends. Later, of course, Ross moved back to his beloved Innisfil Township and Simcoe County where his roots were firmly grounded. Here he became known for his passionate commitment to recording and preserving local history. RIP, Ross.
By Lawrence S. Cumming

Ross was a very special man with tons of family knowledge. I have fond memories of him staying the night and listening to his many stories. Such a gentle kind man. I value the letter he wrore me after my husband Derek died in 2013. Itis very special. Rest in peace Ross. God bless to all the family Olwyn and Lindsay Jobbitt
By Olwyn jobbitt a...

My mother (Lylia Culbert) and myself have heavy heart hearing that Ross has passed away. Ross travelled to my home in PEI a few times with and wirhout his cousin Mary. I would visit him on the farm when home and he was always busy exploring the family history as well as the history of the community. My Mother had Ross as a student in her first school on the 10th line of Innisfil. Mom was only 8 years older than Ross and they had a close bond throughout the years. When Ross took ill and could not get to school Mom would stop at the farm each night and help with his studies. Ross was always asked and attended our family functions and was always at Moms birthday parties in later years. Unfortunately this year Mom spent her 95th in Royal Victoria Hospital after breaking her hip. I am sorry we could not be at Rosses funeral. It will not be the same not able to give him a call when home in Ontario. Rest well dear friend.
By Jim Culbert

Ross was so generous with his extensive knowledge of Innisfil. If I had a question, one of my first thoughts would be, "Ross probably knows", and indeed he usually did. What a help he has been to so many! He will be greatly missed! I particularly have fond memories of the periodic "work days" he organized with a number of us helping him work on Document Centre at Knock.
By Diana Gendron

Ross was a wonderful, quiet man of great depth. I too am a Scottish Settler Society descendant from those who came to Lanark Co, U.C. in 1820, one year after Ross's ancestors, settling into Dalhousie township, but mine never moved to Innisfil when his people did. There is a large cairn in the 6th Line Cemetery to those Dalhousie settlers who came this way because the soil was largely rocks. I only found out that Ross was a Dalhousie settler last spring - I wish I had known earlier; I knew him from his time with us in the 1990s founding of the Sir Sam Steele Art Gallery, now the Orillia Museum of Art and History, where Ross was so important. If there are any papers or documents that pertain to Ross's family history it would be important to preserve them. If the family does not want to keep them, I visit Lanark Archives regularly and could make a legacy gift to them on his behalf. I have done that before with Tommy Caldwell of Orillia, whose family came from early Lanark. My 'Ross' family came to Innisfil in 1834, but is not connected to the Lanark families. I will miss talking to him at our OMAH events.
By J. Donald Ross

Post Script: I will send Ross' Obituary and picture to the Lanark Genealogical Society for the newsletter.
By J. Donald Ross


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