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 https://foveo.stream/beechwood/major-jessica-ross. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Jessica was such a kind and positive person that I remember so clearly from high school back in Vancouver. Such a heartbreaking tragedy that she lost her fight with cancer. My prayers and condolences go out to Eric, Clive, Vesper and all of Jessica’s family and loved ones.
Jess was an amazing person, friend and colleague. My deepest condolences to Eric and all of the family. It is truly heartbreaking especially for someone as amazing as she was.
My sincere condolences to all of Jessica’s family and friends. She was a great leader and I was fortune to call her my OC and eventually friend.
Very sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.
Randy and Reshanna Balkaran
An amazing person gone to soon. Jess was a true friend to many, a loving mother and wife, and a great leader. She will forever be missed and remembered. Condolences to Eric, Clive, Vesper and the rest of the entire family. RIP Jess.
Vesper, Clive, Eric, and all extended family, we are all heartbroken to lose one of the kindest people I have ever met. From the first time I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica I knew she was a special person. Easy to talk to, tremendously intelligent with a self-deprecating wit that made every statement make you smile. As I remember my time spent with her, I tried to find photos, and realized that there are none. Every minute spent together was in the moment with no thought about anything aside from catching up, telling stories, sharing professional experiences, or being excited for future plans. The world and our lives will be less complete without this wonderful person. She will forever be in our memories.
John & Matt Swanguen
Our condolences to all the People in Jessicas life that are affected by her loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Eric.
Jess was such a rare person - empathetic and smart. She could sense peoples emotions and respond kindly with grace. Will miss her lots. Rest in peace, Jess.
Jessica, the kindest, bravest woman I've known. We are so proud of you, you are in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace. Love from Auntie Vivian and Omi. xx
Jessica was a beautiful person. I’ll forever remember her laugh and smile while we were in school, band class especially, and her inspiration to make the world a better place for all those around her, one nerdy reference at a time. She continuously worked to bring people together, organizing and adapting - even during Covid while our HS reunion had to be put off, she found a way to pivot it to support the new grads coming through. <3 “Temba, his arms wide” - thank you for the gift of your spirit and heart with us. You remain an inspiration to me. All my love to you and your family.