Ross Bigham of Sointula passed away on March 3, 2012 at his home of heart failure. He was predeceased by his parents Pearl (Orser) and Clifford C. Bigham.
Ross worked as a surveyor for the Dept. of Fisheries out of Vancouver for several years and for the City of Prince George Engineering Dept. from 1956 to 1960. Then he bought land, built a house, and moved his young family to Moose Heights, from where he made a living for 27 years. Besides logging and farming, Ross operated a small sawmill with the late Joe Hall for a short time during the 60’s and occasionally worked in camps, bucking and scaling logs. Ross built three boats during his life. He left the “Zinger” in Fish Lake. In 1974 he began a 36’ wooden sailboat. In 1989 Ross launched the “Grey Owl 1” at Steveston and went from working the land to retirement on the West Coast water. He later set final anchor in Sointula, where he remained in his own home until his death.
Ross enjoyed hunting, fishing, fixing/welding, designing and customizing his own farming and logging equipment, boat building, working with his metal lathe and other tools (toys).
Ross is survived by his wife Fern, 6 daughters; Teresa of Gibsons, Rita & Walter Olson (Erika), Wendy of Telkwa, Lianne of Bragg Creek, Jennifer, Terry Wanner of Quesnel, Alberta & Domenico D’Agnone (Antonio, Tamara) of Skiff, his 2 brothers Bruce Bigham of Deep River, On. and Bob Bigham of Kamloops, 9 nephews, 3 nieces, several cousins and their children.
Cremation took place and a private family memorial service is planned.
A donation may be made in Ross’ memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Arthritis Society.
The family wishes to thank all of Ross’ friends and former neighbours for the years of great friendship and many fond memories.