A celebration of life for Ross Irwin
March 25, 2013, Guelph, Ont. – Ross Weston Irwin of Guelph, Ont., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17, in his 92nd year.
He was a loving father to his children John and Carol Anne and was the proud grandpa of Trevor, Tim, Troy, Robbin and Christine. Ross is survived by his wife Doreen (Webster) and his brother Lorne of Peterborough and is predeceased by his parents James and Myrtle (Wakelin) of Oakwood.Ross was born at Cambray, Victoria County on Sept. 11, 1921. He joined the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and served for 45 months in Italy and Northwest Europe. Following discharge, he briefly worked for the Canadian General Electric Co. in Peterborough, and then attended the Ontario Agricultural College. After graduation, he was employed by the College in land drainage planning. He attended Iowa State College, and then researched and taught soil mechanics and land drainage at the University of Guelph for 35 years. His hobbies were many. An amateur historian, like his grandfather, he wrote many historical books and articles. He collected war medals and memorabilia, postage stamps and coins. He was president of the Guelph Historical Society for five years, president of the Guelph-Wellington Men’s Club, and an original planner of Trinity United Church.
A celebration of Ross’s life will be held April 28 at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Guelph.