The Squadron mourns the loss of one of our Charter Members, Ross Gilbert.
Ross grew up in the Beaches area of Toronto where he met Margaret, a lass from Scotland. He and Margaret started their careers at a company that was responsible for products scheduled for use on the AVRO Arrow. When that project was so abruptly stopped, Ross and Margaret moved to Deep River where they joined Atomic Energy of Canada, Limited. Their family during the early years, was comprised of a daughter, Christine, and a son, Kenneth. Ross continued to work at AECL as an expert in electron microscopy until his retirement. At the time of his retirement, the family had expanded to include two spouses and six grandchildren; three girls and three boys who all enjoyed boating.
Life in Deep River allowed Ross and Marg time to pursue their interest in sailing. Their current sailboat, ANTARES, was often seen out on the Ottawa River leisurely cruising with the spinnaker in full “bloom”. Their sailing, however, was not limited to the Ottawa! Every summer for many years, Ross and Marg joined their friends, Alan and Pauline Miekle on their boat, GROWLTIGER where they all raced in the well-known Georgian Bay Regattas.
Winter vacations for many years involved chartering and sailing boats in the Abacos and BVI’s with their Deep River friends, Dick and Doreen Parsons. After the Parsons retired and spent their winters in Marsh Harbour aboard their boat, SALTY SEVEN, Ross and Marg often joined them as crew and had many enjoyable adventures helping Dick and Doreen establish their new house and home in Cherokee Sound, Abaco.
Ross was a Charter Member of Oiseau Rock Squadron and over the course of his involvement in the Squadron attained the grade of Junior Navigator and received sixteen merit marks. Ross was best known as a member who was always willing to lend a hand with whatever activity was being performed. As Assistant Training Officer for several years, his knowledge of sailing was well known and every new Boating student benefitted from his enthusiasm for knots and marlinspike seamanship and his thorough knowledge of the magnetic compass.