'Dan the Man' One Heck of a Great Guy
October 10, 1950 to February 5, 1996
August 17, 1949 – August 6, 2016
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ross Waslenchuk our beloved husband, father, uncle and friend; just 11 days short of his 67th birthday. Forever remembered by his loving wife of 34 years Brenda, and his son Brent. Ross was predeceased by his mother Mickey (2008), his father Nick (2012) and his brother Dennis (2015).
He was born in Calgary but moved at a young age to Monte Creek where his parents ran the Chevron station. After graduating high school in Kamloops (1967) Ross worked at a number of different jobs including I.D.L. and Sears, but ultimately decided to return to school in 1976 earning an Electronics degree from Cariboo College. He took a job with BC Tel in Port Coquitlam but always dreamed of returning home to Kamloops which he did as an Installation & Repair supervisor in 1988, following the birth of his son. Ross spent 20 years in the telephone industry before deciding to be his own boss, taking on the challenges of running two successful Petro-Canada gas stations. Ross was also busy during this time coaching his son’s minor hockey teams. He especially enjoyed mentoring young minds while teaching the basic principles of life using sport as a model. He retired in August 2005 and was active doing some of his favorite things such as golfing, camping, fishing, playing pickleball and attending Blazer games. Ross was also fond of travelling south to Yuma, AZ. He had many "happy hours" in the dry desert heat, playing in the sun and meeting new friends.
Ross was an avid reader enjoying novels and using the internet as a tool to quench his constant thirst for knowledge. He was our "go to" guy; always there to support his friends and family with his enthusiastic spirit, excellent sense of humor, and well rounded advice. He never complained about what he had been dealt in life, always choosing to see the glass half full. There are no words to express the pain we feel. He will be greatly missed and in our hearts always.