In Celebration of

Jacky Ross (nee Meyer)

April 9, 1930 -  August 6, 2018

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jacqueline (Jacky) Marie Ross (nee Meyer). Born April 9th 1930 in Alsace France, Jacky celebrated a full and wonderful 88+ years. On the morning of August 6th 2018, suddenly but most peacefully while in the care of the emergency department of the Montreal General Hospital, with her daughter Caroline Ross and son in law Michael Verrall at her side, Jacky moved on from this earth and into the universe where she is no doubt fixing and rearranging her new realm.
She is also survived by her eldest daughter Bettina Jenkala (nee Attal), son in law Harvey, grandsons Daniel and Adam Jenkala as well as siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and close and loving friends too numerous to list.
Jacky, with her “joie de vivre”, has left us with a rich legacy of indelible impressions and memories shared by all who knew and loved her – at her home at the Manoir Westmount, here in Montreal, across the country the continent or the oceans of the world. We all know Jacky was the main character in her own life, a unique individual of experience, world travel and accomplishments.
Some of Jacky’s many accomplishments aside from admired mother, grandmother, friend, companion, confidant, must include her varied careers. She worked in interior decoration and design, Commercial window dressing fabrication and design, was a Public relations consultant at The Ritz-Carlton. Highly educated in palliative care, Jacky devoted 25 years to Hospice Palliative volunteer work at both the Royal Victoria and Montreal General Hospitals. Jacky was a leader of Educational programs at Thomas More Institute. She was Directress of social awareness and life.
Throughout her journey, Jacky presented herself with flair and pizzazz.
Her eye for design and fashion whether she wore it, lived it, designed it, borrowed it or purchased it created those interesting and beautiful results that were uniquely Jacky and that we were fortunate to share.
Her family and friends, both near and far will all miss her terribly, but with love in our hearts we have to say Adieu…for now…
A special celebration of Jacky’s life will be by private invitation Tuesday August 14th, 2018
***In lieu of flowers and with the memory of Jacky in mind, please make a donation to a charity of your choice***


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Susan Upham (Fellow PCU Volunteer)

Entered August 8, 2018 from Montreal

I met Jacky at the Vic PCU and worked with her on the Bereavement Follow-up Team. LIke others, I was drawn to her vivacious spirit anchored in reality, as our work led us. She spoke well, with heart and humility in our Bereavement meetings, so I always listened closely when she offered her experience. Jacky had an accident that left her shaken at one time, so I used to give her Therapeutic Touch to help her cope with the resulting anxiety. I admired her resourcefulness with her involvement with the Thomas Moore Institute. She was a special person. Your obituary here captures her so well. Jacky has been on my mind for awhile now, so seeing her picture this morning seems fitting. She brings a smile to my face when I think of her. What a beautiful spirit for us to celebrate.

Jo Anne Kelly Rudy (friend)

Entered August 8, 2018 from Westmount

My sympathies to Jacky's many friends.....Jacky and I met at Thomas Moore.
On Sunday last I spoke with Jacky while she was lunching with Phillippe at NICK"S - their favourite hangout!! Jacky told me as she wakened Sunday morning she was thinking of me and then I called her a few hours later.
Jacky said she would call me when back at The Manor. About 15 minutes following my chat with Jacky
Phillippe called me (on Jacky's cell) to ask if I would attend a private party that he and Jacky
were going to plan in a salon at The Manor - I said "of course I will attend so long as there is MUSIC".
We had a nice chat and I hope to have another with him one day soon.
Tonight I will be, with friends, at the BAR LOUNGE on the Lachine Canal where I"ll raise a glass to my friend.....
As Ellen DG says "be kind to one another" you never know when your time is UP!!!!

Diane Roch 

Entered August 8, 2018

to the family of Jackie - my profound sympathies. Indeed Jackie had la joie de vivre. I hired Jackie at the Ritz Carlton where she did our XMas decorations - always beautiful. We remain friends, we were neighbors when she lived on Drummond street, we always enjoyed a glass of wine or two together. I always appreciated her knowledge and her great mind. I did not realize her age....she looked fabulous. Diane Roch

Kathleen Dunn (Thomas More student and leader)

Entered August 8, 2018 from Westmount

I participated in many Thomas More courses with Jacky and always enjoyed her contributions to our discussions. I also remember her hosting a fund-raising house tour in Upper Westmount many years ago. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. In recent years, I would meet her in and around Westmount Manor. She was always up for a chat.

Marilynn Domleo (Friend)

Entered August 8, 2018 from Montreal

What can one say in few words about Jacky,
We met on Palliative Care floor,
Enjoyed movies , dinners entertaining
Dining at good restaurants, and as long as Jacky was the STAR ⭐️🌟
Brightened up the room as she entered it
Ups and downs , people come and go , but Friendship remained,
Need something Jacky will see you have it
Never a dull moment
You go take charge of everyone Jacky and they will all be shushing around to her
You will be Greatly Missed , a Void From People’s Lives
You were not supposed to leave us quietly and unexpected
Should have been at one of your Great Dinners
Rest In Peace
Deepest sympathy to Caroline and Bettina, two Great Daughters
Condolences to all members of family

For Ever Remembered


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