After 82 years of an incredibly full, honorable and beautiful life, Ross Campion Jardine left this world on May 18, 2016. Ross will be remembered as a very humble, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. Born January 17, 1934 to Ted and Helen (Young) in Coronation, Alberta, Ross spent his early years in nearby Compeer where his parents owned the General Store. In 1944 the family moved to Kamloops and started their new family business, Jardine Hardware. Growing up working in the store and playing hockey and football ignited his lifelong passions for sports and business. Ross married his high school sweetheart, Arline (Carter) in 1958 and they were blessed with five children, Jody, Arlana (Shane) Dagneau, Terry-Jo (Dale) Kaiser, Rex (Nicole) and Nancy.
Ross was a visionary man of multiple talents and exceptional persistence, resulting in success with his many business ventures. Early on Ross partnered with his older brother Glen to open Kamloops Sport Shop on Victoria St. His love of boating and the Shuswap then led him to develop Kamsport Marine. In the 1970’s Ross became a partner in manufacturing boats and in 1983 created Campion Marine sending his boats throughout the world. He was inducted into the National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame in 2012. In 1974 Ross moved the family to ‘the country’ on the river just outside of Kamloops, here he started Jardine Turf Farm, a creative way to make the acres profitable while enjoying his dogs, horses, gardening and the river outside his door . Ross didn’t just build boats, he loved to build anything ....multiple homes, cottages, commercial buildings, barns, furniture, go-carts and was instrumental in the development of Rivershore Golf Course. None of these successes would have been possible but for Ross’s work ethic, keen mind that never seemed to stop, honest and fair business ethics, strength of character and pure determination.
Ross played hockey successfully for the Kamloops Chiefs team, twice Coy Cup Champions and part of the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame. He coached local teams, played for the Kamloops Oldtimers and enjoyed serving as a director for the Kamloops Blazers.
Ross was an amazing family man and became an adored Grampa to 13... Marissa, Zachary, Matthew and Mitchel Ledding - Tana (Josh) Jones, Bailey and Laine Dagneau - Calli (Travis) Huyghebaert, Spencer (Nicole) Duncan - Carter, Marina, Shayl and Jordyn Jardine - as well as great-grampa to Ariella Dagneau. They will miss his loving, helpful, teasing, gentle, caring ways.
Ross is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Arline, and brothers Glen and Mac, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his favorite sister Gay Desireau and his parents.
Ross was a long time member of the Kamloops United Church, he possessed an unwavering faith in God, and we are comforted knowing he lives on in peace.
The family is grateful to Dr Montalbetti for his dedicated care, and to the wonderful staff at Kamloops Seniors Village. Funeral Services are to be held at Calvary Community Church on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11am, Reverend Don Waldon officiating. Following Burial at Hillside Cemetery there will be a reception at the Coast Hotel (Vista Room) 1250 Rogers Way.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Fund or Canuck Place in Ross’s memory are appreciated.
Condolences may be made at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com