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REPORTING · 10th November 2012
Merv Ritchie
My friend Mike Ross passed away last Wednesday. I am devastated. We only met a year ago but became almost soul mates. Our thoughts and ideas meshed like missing puzzle pieces. There are very few people in life one can truly refer to as a friend. Mike was that, my friend. We spent next to no time together actually. But every moment was like breathing pure oxygen.

Mike loved people, he loved nature and he loved humanity. He never told me that, he emanated it. His entire being exuded love, love for every one and everything.

No one knows how to fix the world, to stop wars, to feed the hungry or ensure life continues, but Mike wanted to.

He ran for Council last Municipal election in Terrace for that very reason; he wanted to make a stab at making life better for everyone here. He really wanted to make life better for everyone, everywhere.

God I wish I had spent more time with him.

I’ll miss you Mike. All I see now is your smile, your gracious manner. Humanity has lost a great spirit; may yours grace the heavens above and shine more light down here on all of us.

I know nothing much more about Mike Ross. I do not know his family, if he was married, kids, grandkids, etc. I just know I fell into a great deal of remorse the moment I received a message he passed away. It was like a long string of compassion was yanked away from me. I felt gutted.

Men and women who live love are treasures. We all just lost a significant jewel.

Mikes Sister in Law wrote a quick note to advise his memorial will be at Knox United Church on Tuesday, November 13th at 1:00 pm.
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Comment by Gerry Hummel on 11th November 2012
Like you Merv I just met Mike a few years ago, and was devastated to learn of his passing.It didn't take to long for me to realize he had such a great concern for his fellow human beings, his community and the environment. I think it also appropriate for me to mention at this time of year that Mike was a Vet and had represented his country, Canada, so proudly. He will sadly be missed! My sincerest condolences to his wife Freda, his son Dave and Mike's family.
Thank you for your kind words
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 10th November 2012
The things I will remember most about Mike are his fantastic ability of making people laugh and his generosity. Like any brother he could be a pain in the butt but he was sure damn easy to love.