John ROSS Gamble born on Afton Avenue, Toronto on April 19, 1917 passed away most peacefully on January 5, 2013, in K2 West, Sunnybrook Veterans Centre where he had lived so happily for the past eighteen months. Gone before him, his parents Franklin and Anne Gamble, his siblings Tom, Frank, Bruce and Mary, and his beloved wife of 68 years Lucille (2009) Ross leaves his daughter Wendy, son John and his wife Linda, grandson Matthew and his wife Heather, sister in law Catherine Wylie, and his special nieces and nephews. Ross volunteered for service in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served on the “high seas” through l945. Following the war, he worked at Bishop Building Materials and finally the Etobicoke Board of Education from which he retired in 1982. He loved sports of all kinds but particularly the Sport of Kings! Along with his wife, Lucille he was a long time Director of the Lakeshore Swim Club. Many happy afternoons were spent with “the boys” at Branch 3 Legion, New Toronto. Ross will be remembered for his loyalty to his family, endearing smile, quick wit and continual praise for those he loved so dearly.
The family would like to thank his long time family doctor, Gordon Preston and Brenda for their care and support always. Also the nursing and recreation staff on K2 West whose exceptional care made his life so special during his stay there. Here he remembered how to sing again every afternoon at 2 pm, went to the track (Woodbine) virtually monthly, saw Blue Jay games, enjoyed the summer barbecues in the gardens and Remembrance Day in Warriors’ Hall. He always led life to the fullest. Family and friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home (3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W., (between Islington & Kipling Aves., 416-259-3705) for the Funeral Service in the Chapel on Saturday at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Messages of Condolences may be placed at www.RidleyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Veterans Comfort Fund, Sunnybrook Foundation, 2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto, M4N 3M5 would be greatly appreciated by the family.