Alexander Ross Caldwell, who was affectionately known as Ross, passed away unexpectedly at his Calgary home of 42 years on September 27, 2021. He was 82 years old.
He is bereaved by Gwen, his wife and love for 58 years, his four children Kimberley (Craig), Charles (Marva), Patrick (Casey), Nicole (Ed), and his grandchildren Isabel, Camden, Nolan, Haden, Duncan, and Cormac. He will also be dearly missed by extended family as well as numerous friends and neighbours.
Ross was born in Trail, BC and grew up skipping school and playing sports in a number of small BC towns before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age of 17 years. He served in many capacities and on numerous bases throughout his twenty-four-year military career, which included five years at RCAF 3 Wing Germany. In 1979, he retired from the Armed Forces and moved his family west to Calgary to begin a new career as a realtor for the next 30 years.
Ross was known for his quirky catchphrases such as “Is the rain going to hurt the rhubarb?” or referring to items he didn’t remember the exact name of as a “Frank Mohovlich”. He especially enjoyed hiking and golfing in Alberta’s gem, Kananaskis Country, and travelling to warm locations including annual trips to Kauai, Hawaii. Ross had a passion for politics and pro sports though both tended to disappoint him.
His four kids grew up to become his pride, but his true joy were his grandchildren. He loved hosting and cooking for family occasions, where there could never be too many flower-filled planters or Christmas decorations around the house.
Ross lived life with laughter and love until the end. There will never be another like him.
Only a private service is planned at this time.
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