June 8, 1927 ~ January 27, 2009
Ross Marks passed away peacefully in the 100 Mile House Hospital on Tuesday, January 27th, after a rapid decline from cancer. He was 81. Ross befriended many with his upbeat personality, honest, straightforward manner, insatiable curiosity and fervent enthusiasm.
In 1948 Ross left Agricultural College, in his hometown of Toronto, for a job at Lord Martin Cecil’s Bridge Creek Estate Cattle Ranch in 100 Mile House.
Eventually, he shifted from ranching to community development and was hands-on with town planning and installation of water and sewer systems. Additionally, he took care of the generators supplying electricity to the village.
As time went on, Ross undertook many other roles in the community and beyond: Magistrate, Coroner, Fire Chief, Mayor, Minister; the Chairman of the Cariboo Regional District; President of the Union of BC Municipalities; Commissioner, Federal Task Force on Canadian Unity; Director, Municipal Finance Authority of BC; Executive Member, Canadian Federation of Municipalities; Director, BC Assessment Authority and Director, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation.
At 78, Ross semi-retired as the Managing Director of Bridge Creek Companies. However, he continued as a Board Member on the South Cariboo Health Foundation and was also active with the 100 Mile Rotary Club.
Ross is survived by his loving wife Marcia; sister Carolyn; children Ken (Brenda), Kevin, Barbara (Russ), Alison (Andrew); grandchildren: Julian, Sara, Braighton, Alex, Kenzie and Nicole.
A Memorial, celebrating the life of Ross Marks, will be held at 2 pm, Saturday February 7th at the 100 Mile House Baptist Church, 5495 Tatton Stn. Rd., 105 Mile. Everyone welcome. (Reception, hosted by 100 Mile Rotary, immediately to follow.)
In leu of flowers, donations can be made to the South Cariboo Health Foundation: P.O. Bag 399, 100 Mile House, B.C., V0K 2E0 www.southcariboohealth.com.
And/or send a card or note with a story or memory of Ross that can be enjoyed later by the family: P.O. Box 1, 100 Mile House, BC, V0K 2E0.
100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd.
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