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Ross Foster

July 12, 1937 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Ross Foster Obituary

We are saddened to announce that our husband, father, brother, grandpa (Papa), father-in-law, uncle, and friend, Ross Foster passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday February 2nd, 2024.

Left to cherish his memory, are his wife of 62 years Joyce, sister Coleen Todd, children Allen (Lori), and Cecile (Richard), grandchildren Ethan (Lauren), Avery, Marika, and Alexander, sister-in-law Willa Graham, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Ross was pre-deceased by his parents Byron and Annie Foster, sister Mollie Parakin, brother Billie Foster, and brother James Harold Foster.

From the moment he was born on the family farm in Keyes Manitoba, Ross was destined and determined to be a farmer. He was tireless in his efforts to develop a thriving beef cattle operation. The care of their animals and farm were a great source of pride for Ross and Joyce. They stayed on the family farm until 2018 eventually retiring to their second home, the town of Gladstone.

Gladstone was not just a place to live for Ross. Before moving there, he was already volunteering countless hours to the community’s Auction Mart Board, 4-H Beef Club, United Church, Seven Regions Health Centre Board, Landsdowne History Committee, Gladstone History Book,  minor hockey and baseball teams, Big Grass Community Foundation  and finally the Gladstone Museum. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to neighbours, friends, and the community.

Ross also had a great affinity for sports. His presence and reputation on the hockey ice, ball diamond, and curling rink were very well known. Like everything in life, he tried his very best at all times and played with passion and tenacity.

However, it was his family that was always his first priority. Whether as a volunteer, or attentive observer, Ross always took immense pride in the academic, athletic, and artistic endeavors of his children. That carried over even more so with his grandchildren. Rarely did he miss the opportunity to watch his grandchildren pursue their own passions, even when they lived halfway across the country.

While he was a pillar of physical strength and lived life to the fullest, the final years of Ross’ life were not kind in terms of his health. With that in mind, the family would like to express our deep gratitude to the staff at Third Crossing Personal Care Home, Gladstone Home Care staff, along with the health care professionals at Portage, Neepawa and Gladstone.  We also want to give special mention to our parents’ neighbours in Gladstone, Rita Spek-Robidoux and Louis Robidoux, Karen Lemky and Helen Fehr for the support and compassion they showed our dad at all times.

A funeral service for Ross will be held at the Gladstone United Church on Saturday February 10 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests that donations be made in Ross’s name to the Big Grass Community Foundation Inc, Gladstone fund.

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Funeral Service
February 10, 2024

2:00 PM
Gladstone United Church


Big Grass Community Foundation Inc re:Benefit Fund
Box 497, Gladstone, Manitoba R0J 0T0, AL


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