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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 Tue, 10/04/2022 - 11:12:AM


Rowena and Sean Williams

Eric, Clive and Vesper,
We were so saddened to hear the news of Jess's passing. She was such an inspiration and light in this world. We are holding you in our thoughts and sending you strength and love. Deepest condolences.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 11:35:AM


Amber Warnat

This just isn't fair! Jess was so lovely! My heart is with you, the kids, and your family. If I could carry even a bit of the pain for you, to make it more manageable, I would.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 12:37:PM


Mike Major

Eric, sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 01:58:PM


Kari-Anne Murphy

Eric, Clive and Vesper,
We are so very sorry for this terrible loss. Our hearts are with you.
K-A, Justin, Amelia and Benjamin

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 02:30:PM


Esmé's parents (Megan & Scott)

It is with heavy hearts that we express our sympathy to all of you in your time of tremendous loss. We struggle to find the right words. The magnitude of your loss is too great. We hope that you find comfort and peace in the memories of Jess that will live on in your hearts forever. Vesper, you are in Esmé's thoughts. She is deeply sorry for the loss of your wonderful mum.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 03:17:PM


Bill Lister

I'd like to offer my deepest condolences to the whole family. What a tragedy! Jessica was a truly wonderful person and friend; she will be missed dearly.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 03:40:PM


Mike Cole

Condolences to all family and friends. I had the pleasure of being Jessica’s CSO for EME Ph 3. She was a bright, energetic and highly capable young officer who always had a smile on her face. While she possessed immense talent and was clearly a leader, I will always remember her for her compassion and willingness to help others around her. While my heart aches for her children, the love and respect shown by everyone who crossed her path will be very evident to them in the days, weeks, months and years to come. You will be missed Jessica but never forgotten

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 05:57:PM


Melanie Gareau & Oleksiy Kryvtsov

Eric, Clive and Vesper -- Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 06:50:PM


Heather Brierley (Campbell)

Eric and family,Laura and Cameron:
So very sorry for your loss. May all your special memories help get you through this difficult time.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 09:47:PM


David Vessey

Condolences to you and your family

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