SMIBERT, Ross Bannerman
In his 91st year, in London Ontario. Younger child of Agnes Ellen and Thomas Richard Smibert. Dearly loved husband of 68 years of June Eleanor (Boyce) Smibert. Dear father of John and father-in-law of Mary (Young) Smibert. Dearly loved grandfather of Emily (Toronto) and Ian (Calgary). Predeceased by sister Helen Marie Smibert (2011). Survived by many cousins in London Township, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Ross was born in London Twp. And moved to London during the Depression, attended Wortley Road Public School and South Collegiate. Following high school, he worked in the family dry cleaning business. The entrepreneur in him took over and within five years, he bought his first ice making machine and ice merchandiser and in 1954 founded North Star Ice Ltd. This has since grown to become the largest family-owned packaged ice company in Canada.
Ross enjoyed all facets of the ice business and many of his family holidays were spent visiting distant ice companies and traveling to conventions in Canada and the United States. He would always say, “There is so much to see and do on this side of the Atlantic!” He served as President of the Canadian Association of Ice Industries for seven years. As an ardent fan of country music, Ross also enjoyed many trips to Nashville, Tenn. to attend the Country Music Awards and the Grand Old Opry. He had been a member of Tuscan Lodge #195 since 1963.
Ross was active in supporting many community and charitable associations, including the London Devilettes Hockey, the Salvation Army Centre of Hope, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, Veterans’ Wing at Parkwood Hospital and the London Health Sciences Foundation. He contributed to the restoration of Carmichael Pioneer Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 3-5 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the above charities or a charity of your choice. A private family interment will be held at a later date.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ross Bannerman Smibert 2018.source