It is with sadness that we announce the passing of William Ross Durie on Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 at the age of 92, after a brief illness.
Ross will be missed by son Andrew (Jennifer) and grandchildren Keegan (Katie) and Elise. Predeceased by wife Hilary and daughter Wendy and brothers Neil and Hugh. Ross is survived by sister Jean (Michael) of San Carlos, California.
Ross immigrated to Canada from Scotland in the early 1950’s settling in the Toronto area and eventually moving to a farm in the Beaver Valley. Ross worked hard dividing his time between working as a stationary engineer and running the farm. He became known in the local farming community as the fellow who could fix just about anything. He was extremely generous with his time and willing to help night or day. Ross and Hilary sold the farm and retired to Meaford 10 years ago. Ross was happy to indulge Hilary’s active social life but preferred staying at home. He liked to keep up on current events and enjoyed conversing about the issues of the day. He was never shy about expressing his opinion. His cat Lily was his best friend since Hilary passed and he cared for her diligently as he always had a special place in his heart for animals. Recently Ross was living at the Meaford Long Term Care Home. He was adjusting well and starting to enjoy the social aspects of communal living.
The family would like to thank the network of heath care professionals in Meaford who supported Ross in the past year including Dr. Ellingsen, Dr. Klages, the staff at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre, Home and Community Support Services of Grey Bruce, PSW Myrna Goetz and the staff at the Meaford Hospital. In addition, we would like to thank special friends Anita Hunter and Randy Woodhouse for their ongoing compassion and care for Ross.
At Ross’s request, cremation has taken place with no formal funeral services being held.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
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