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Montgomery, Ross


1957 - 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ross Montgomery, who was surrounded by loved ones, on May 15, 2023.

Ross was the son of George and Dorcas Montgomery, both of whom preceded him in death. He will be so deeply missed by his daughters Kaitlyn (Lukas), Sarah, and Rachel; his beloved granddaughter, Briar; girlfriend Brigitte; former spouse and friend, Nancy; his sister, Laura (Mike); his brother, Brian; and a circle of friends and loved ones. He deeply loved and was so proud of his daughters and his family.

Ross was born and raised in Ottawa and attended Bell High School. He joined the Armed Forces at 18 years old and spent much of his professional life working in communications in Ottawa; he also lived in Inuvik, Gander, and was posted several times to CFS Alert. Despite his service, he was a self-proclaimed hippy who casually practiced Jainism. After his retirement from the Armed Forces, he grew a beard and kept his hair long. He spent the last years of his working life at the Canadian Border Services Agency and enjoyed working and living downtown.

Ross had a quick wit and dry sense of humour. He had many interests and was a lover of an eclectic variety of music, history, and a fine scotch. For many years he had a longstanding breakfast date with his daughter Sarah on the weekend and was one of her best friends. He enjoyed spending time riding his motorcycle and took many trips throughout and across Canada and the United States – what he loved most was the journey and the open road.

We would like to extend our thanks to the staff in the ER, ICU and at the Cancer Centre at the General Hospital, for their care and compassion.

A celebration of life will be held at the Montgomery Legion, at 330 Kent Street, on Sunday June 11 from 1-4PM. In lieu of donations, please raise a glass in his honour and spend time with your loved ones to celebrate Ross’ life.

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Ross' family

My sympathies to Ross' family, close friends and long time girlfriend Brigitte. Ross and I worked together in the "box" at CBSA from 2010 to 2018. He had a big heart and was always ready to listen and give you his take on things. He often spoke of his daughters and his lastest bike trip (and his next trip)! I last saw him just before Covid hit and he was in great spirit then so his sudde passing was a shock. Rest in peace buddy!

Carl LeBlanc, May 23, 2023

Family of Ross

My deepest sympathies to the soulmate, family and friends of Ross. I was so saddened to receive this news. Ross was my boss at Leitrim for a couple of years, and to say he made life interesting and fun would be an understatement. He was also my neighbour, and a great friend. His sense of humour was second to none, and if he didn't have me in stitches several times a day, he was having a bad day. My father was elderly and sick living with me, and Ross always gave me the time I needed to look after him. I lost track after I retired and moved to Turkey, and wish I could have had the opportunity to keep in more contact. He truly was a great man, something there is not enough of in this world. I am so sorry for your loss, RIP Ross.

Stephen Brunette, May 24, 2023

Ross' family

Ross was a Very good friend, neighbour and colleague for over 35 years. We shared many good times together both in and out of work, and I shall miss him a great deal. My condolences to Brigitte and Ross' family. RIP my friend.
Mike Tarasco
Rockland, ON.”

Mike Tarasco, May 24, 2023

Relatives and Brigitte

Very sorry to hear the passing of Ross, I got to know him last few years and keeping good memories of our conversations, he was a nice person to talk to and was always willing to assist others.

He will be greatly missed.

Danny B, May 24, 2023

Brigitte, Nancy, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Rachel, Family Members & Friends,

The members of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio (SUPRAD) System Oldtimers Association were saddened by the news of Ross' passing. Those who proudly served with Ross, in Inuvik, Gander and (more than a few times) Alert will forever remember the many laughs we shared as a result of his quick wit and sense of humour. Please know that as members of your extended military family, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
'Friends Forever'

Ray Lebeau, May 25, 2023

Ross' family

It is with great sadness that I learned via a colleague that Ross had passed away. I always liked him and he was a great colleague through the years. He always had a smile for you.
I wish to express my sympathy to all of you in this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anne-M Charbonneau, May 25, 2023

Family and friends

I am so sorry to hear that Ross passed away. I worked with Ross on and off over the years at the CBSA, and the photo in his obituary takes me right back to those times. I can hear his laugh looking at that photo. Ross always spoke fondly of his daughters and his love of long distance motorcycle roadtrips. My sincere condolences to his daughters and girlfriend Brigitte. Sending you all love.

Sylvia Riedel, May 25, 2023

Ross’ family and loved ones

I had the pleasure of working with Ross over 10 years ago during my time in the box. I really appreciated his presence as he provided an atmosphere of levity to an area that could quickly become tense.

I enjoyed chatting with him, whether it be telling each other former military stories, or just popping in to share some info.

CBSA intell was a better place with him in it. My deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.

Niky Joyce, May 30, 2023