Reverend Dr. Douglas Ross


ROSS, Reverend Dr. Douglas Harry…

It is with sadness that the family of Reverend Dr. Douglas Harry Ross of London and formerly of Foxboro, ON, announces his passing on November 6, 2021, in his 93rd year.

Doug is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Ferguson) Ross, for over 66 years. They met on the bus, while traveling from Kingston to Perth, since they were both graduates of Queens University. The path to Queens began in 1953; however, prior to that Doug was an electrician and owned a farm raising Aberdeen cows.

In 1957, Doug was ordained as a United Church Minister and was called to churches in Schefferville, Quebec, Ottawa and London. In 1980 Doug was president of London Conference and in 1984 was appointed executive secretary of London Conference until his retirement. Doug never really retired and was involved in interim ministries at several churches. His final job was minister of pastoral care at Wesley-Knox United Church until 2019, as well as Minister Emeritus.

Doug was a kind and reflective father to Jennifer Burnside and her husband Royce of Madoc, ON, Mary-Janet Ross and her husband Chris Watterton, and Liz Phoenix and her husband Dave, of London, ON. Doug was the big brother to Betty (Ross) Demille of Foxboro, ON.

Papa, as he was affectionately known to his grandchildren, will be greatly missed, but the many mini sermons live on with Jessie and Adam Read, Dillon and Jack Phoenix and Brennyn and Avyn Watterton. Doug was predeceased by his parents, Olive and Milton Ross, brother Glen Ross and brother-in-law, Wayne Demille. Doug will be affectionately remembered by nephews and nieces, as well as the congregational members of churches he was called to during his 65 years as an ordained minister.


In 1959, Helen and Doug purchased property on Moira Lake and built the family cottage soon after. The cottage was a big part of their lives as they raised their girls and grandchildren there. Doug and Helen enjoyed entertaining family and friends over the years at the cottage and many memories come from those special times! Doug always took peace from the times on the lake in his red canoe and the setting sun each night.

Reverend Doug Ross was known by many to be a wonderful visitor in times of need, even in his 93rd year. The family would like to express thank you to so many who made the last few years of Dad's life so rich. The Wesley-Knox Family and Kiwanis Group provided much joy and friendship. A special mention should be given to Yvonne, a devoted caregiver who shared many happy times with Doug in the last year, as well as the staff at McCormick Home.

Friends will be received by the family from 2-4pm and 6-8 pm on Friday, November 12, 2021 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral service will take place at 11am on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London, ON N6C 1E7. At the family's request, those attending both the visitation and the funeral service are required to be double vaccinated. Proof of vaccination and photo identification will be required. Family and friends are invited to watch the service live from the comfort of their homes, by visiting Please call the funeral home between 9am-5pm (519-433-5184) to reserve your spot for the visitation and/or the funeral service. Per the directive of the BAO, a limited number of people can attend. All those attending are required to wear masks and follow COVID-19 protocols.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Doug Ross may be made to Wesley-Knox Memorial Fund or the Karen Shaw Watterton Memorial Bursary Fund, c/o Elgin Children's Foundation, 410 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, ON N5R 3C7.  Online condolences, memories, and photographs shared at