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Saturday December 15, 2012

WILLIAM ROSS MORTIMER
Jan. 17, 1916 Dec. 9, 2012
Born in Toronto to John Mortimer and Edith Purkis, followed by sisters, Helen (McBride) and Marion (Thomson). Ross graduated from Parkdale Collegiate and the Ontario College of Art. During WWII he served as Assistant Chief Inspector for the Mosquito bomber. As VP and General Manager of Ridpath's furniture, he was a major contributor to its success, retiring at 70 after 50 years. Subsequently, he volunteered for World Vision for two years as corporate fundraiser. He served as VP of Administration at Institute of Christian Studies, until age 80. Ross married the love of his life Dorothy Reid in 1942 and almost celebrated 65 years marriage prior to her death. He was Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, and/or Chair of Deacons Board in Humbervale United Church, three Toronto Baptist churches - Weston, Yorkminster, Blythwood - and Ottawa First Baptist. Ross' dedication to helping included people with disabilities (as Rotarian), people living in poverty, and homeless youth who called him Grandpa. He contributed executive skills to Yonge Street Mission and Ottawa Inner City Mission. He, and Dorothy, received Caring Canadian awards in 2002 from the Governor General. This compassionate, generous gentleman is a remarkable role model. Ross will be missed as father by Miriam Stewart, Diane Lugsdin, Paul Mortimer, Ralph Mortimer; as father- in- law by Terry (deceased), John, Rosana, Karen; as grandfather by Andrew, Esther, Evelyn, Heath, Jennifer, Shauna, Tanis; as great grandpa by 13, two of whom share his name (Aidan Ross, Lucas Ross). Donations to Mortimer Little Lambs Fund for homeless mothers and children at Yonge Street Mission welcome. Ross is in the hands of the Lord he loved so much.

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