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Submitted by justine on Sun, 10/02/2022 - 10:25:AM

It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform you, Major Jessica Zane Ross passed away peacefully, in the arms of her husband and children, after her struggle with Colon Cancer. Jessica was an inspiring leader within the RCEME Corps and the wider CAF, and a brilliant academic.

Jessica was a loving and proud mother of Clive and Vesper, and the beloved wife to LCol Eric Ross. She is survived by her mother Regina Michaelis and father David Webb.  Dear sister of Miles Michaelis, Holden Michaelis and Marita Michaelis. Jessica will also be missed by her in-laws Cameron and Laura Ross, as well as brothers-in-law Thomas (Emily Ross) and Alexander (Kelsey Greer). Jessica was also a proud aunt of Oliver and Ruby Ross.  Jessica will also missed by Chad Stevens, Jennifer Mathison, Sam and Cole Stevens, in addition to extended family and many friends.

We are heart-broken by the loss of Jessica whose unsurpassed energy, kindness, and grace left a mark on all the lives she touched. She was a wonderful person. Rest in peace Jessica - we love you.

Friends and Family are invited to visit at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa on Friday, October 7th, 2022 from 1800 to 2000hrs and on Saturday, October 8th, 2022 from 1200 to 1400hrs in the Hall of Colours of Beechwood. A Funeral Service will be held – due to limited capacity of seating, the family will be sending a private invitation for those to attend the funeral in person. To all others, you are invited to register for the Livestreaming of Jessica’s Funeral at A Burial Service with Full Military Honours will be held at the National Military Cemetery of Canada within Beechwood Cemetery at 1500hrs.

Serving Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are invited to wear their uniforms (DEU 1A).

To those that wish to share photos of Jessica to be displayed during her visitation service, please send your photos to the following link by 1500hrs on Wednesday, October 5th. If you have a gmail account photos can be shared to this link or you can also email them along with any written letters or memories for the family for future to:

In lieu of flowers please consider the GoFundMe that we have prepared to honour Jessica’s memory: Fail Forward Innovation Fund in Memory of Major Jessica Ross

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 10:16:AM


James Chorley

Condolences to you and your family Eric.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 11:47:AM


Luc Pedneault

So very sorry to hear. My condolences to you and your family.

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Kristi and Jim

Eric, Clive and Vesper we are heartbroken for all of you with the loss of Jessica. She was the epitome of joy, she loved learning, playing and I will forever remember her contagious giggle. We are here for all of you in this very difficult time.

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Cpl Patrick Reddick

I’m so sorry for your loss, this is a great loss to anyone that had ever called her boss. Super kind and easy to talk with.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 06:09:PM


Mike Hughes

Eric, Clive, and Vesper,
My deepest condolences on the incredible loss of your wife and mother.
Words seem so feeble in times like these, however, I hope they serve as a reminder of how many people care for you and Jess. Know that all these people surround your family right now, and may this love and support hold you up when you might otherwise lack the strength.
I will be with you in spirit this weekend and watching the virtual ceremony.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 06:47:PM


Ricki-Lee & Jonathan Richard

She is gone too soon, but will never be forgotten. Sending love to Eric, the kids and the rest of the family in this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Jess.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 06:48:PM


Todd Scharlach

Eric, my heart goes out to you, your children and your extended family at this time of extreme difficulty and profound sadness. Please accept my condolences and best wishes.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 07:13:PM


Tony Burrell

Eric and family our deepest condolences. We are so sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 07:18:PM


Kevin and Kori Klein

Eric, we are deeply saddened by your loss. Jessica was such a light in the CAF community and beyond. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 07:26:PM


Necole Miller

I was so shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Jessica’s passing. Her quiet strength was an inspiration to many. Her amazing smile and determination will be missed by all that were lucky enough to have met her.
Eric, my thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

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