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
Josh Van Tine
Eric, Clive, and Vesper,
I am absolutely heartbroken to hear of Jessica's passing. Her exuberance was a ray of sunshine that makes me smile when I think of her. It seems like yesterday I was sharing a coffee with her in Petawawa or chatting in Toronto. Our most sincere condolences on her passing. She will be fondly remembered.
The Van Tine family
I was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Jessica's passing. I'm sending my love and support to her family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Rich and Courtney Power
Eric, Clive, Vesper and family. Sending you our deepest condolences. We love Jess; she was a bright light for everyone she knew. Sending you endless comfort and strength from your military family in Petawawa.
I met both of you in Petawawa and frequently crossed paths with Jess after that. As you stated in your eulogy, Jess was an intellectual, passionate, and committed leader. The CAF and especially the RCEME Corps are better because of her. Personally, I relished each interaction we had and always left better from our time together, be it from her contagious enthusiasm, her positive outlook, or her unbridled energy. She was a leader in everything she engaged in and a mentor to many, including me.
Her legacy will live on within the RCEME Corps and I will always remember the time we had together. I am a better person because of her and I know of many who can say the same.
My utmost sympathy,
I feel deep sorrow with Jessica’s passing. She was a loving mother and wife, a talented and compassionate officer, and an incredible person. She will be missed but never forgotten. To Eric, Clive and Vesper, I offer my deepest sympathies. My thoughts are with you all.
Condolences to you and your family
Peter & Janet Volkes
Us, like Carly & Jay only knew her as a fun loving woman who wore colourful skirts and organized great neighborhood events. We deeply appreciated learning more about her in the eulogies at her funeral. Jess leaves a very large hole in the military and even more so in the lives of her family and friends. May she rest peacefully with the stars and be a light to all who knew & loved her.?
I remember what a bright spark Jessica was as a teenager when I'd pop by for visits at the family home. Jessica was a girl with pluck, creativity, and sweetness in equal measure. Sending love.
I feel this with so much weight. Eric, Clive, Vesper, I am so sorry. This is shocking. Jessica was so full of love and positive energy.
We are thinking of you all today, and remembering some great times with Jess. Sending our love xo