Driving by to wish Ross a happy 90th birthday

On May 22, about two-dozen vehicles were driven past Legacy Square at Thompson Rivers University — where Ross Styles and wife Donna Geefs live — some adorned with balloons and signs and all being used to honk happy birthday.

Ross Styles turned 90 on Saturday, May 22, but an in-person celebration was not possible due to the pandemic and its related restrictions on social gatherings.

So, Styles’ friends in the Thompson Rivers Probus Club did the next best thing — they organized a drive-by party of well wishers.

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Fellow Probus Club member Kathy Brand contacted others in the group and about two-dozen vehicles were driven past Legacy Square at Thompson Rivers University — where Styles and wife Donna Geefs live — some adorned with balloons and signs and all being used to honk happy birthday.

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Brand delivered a basket of goodies to a waiting and delighted Styles, who earlier in the day connected with family in Alberta and the United States via Zoom.

He told KTW turning 90 doesn’t feel that much different from turning 89, or 88, or 87.

“Sometimes, inside, I still feel 19 or 21 or 23,” Styles said, with a laugh.

His career was spent in the education system and he was counsellor at Brock secondary when he retired in 1987.

The Thompson Rivers Probus Club is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit association of retired people who come together to meet others in similar circumstances and with similar levels of interest, make new friends and maintain and expand their interests.

For more information on Probus which is an international organization, go online to thompsonriversprobusclub.com.

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Well-wishers pass by Ross Styles on May 22.
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