Robert “Bobby” Ross, age 57, passed away peacefully with his family surrounding him on Friday, April 5th, 2019. Bobby was born on October 26th, 1961, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to Joan (Olstad) Ross and Gordon Ross. He was a beloved brother to his sisters Lori (Ross) Block and Patti (Ross) Barr. Bobby eventually relocated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, BC, and then to Calgary, Alberta, where he began his career in the car business at Shaganappi GM with his lifetime friend Gary Sartorio. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1993 and married the love of his life, Yvonne Ross on March 27th, 1994. He continued his 30 plus year career in the car business as the Vice President of RC Auto and was a star performer in sales. He enjoyed spending time in Hawaii with his wife and sons, and was an avid golfer here in the Valley of the Sun. Bobby was loved by everyone he met, and he had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. He is survived by his wife Yvonne of 25 years, his two sons Cameron and Niko, his dog Ohana, loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and a community of long-time friends in Canada and the U.S. Those whose lives were touched by Bobby are invited to attend a Memorial Mass celebrating Bobby’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at St. Thomas The Apostle, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue in Phoenix.
Bobby brought so much joy and happiness to our family. He was a wonderful husband, father and brother-in-law. He was a gift to us all; he touched everyone, in one way or another, that knew him. He will forever be missed, never forgotten and eternally loved by us all. It’s not bye but until later, brother Bobby. Thank you for always loving unconditionally ♥️ I love you
We all lost an absolute amazing man,friend,husband and father on April 5th. Bobby was always there for me and moulded my life to the person I am today which I will always be grateful. He showed me the right path to follow and that was a huge commitment. I will always cherish his friendship,his leadership and most of all,his love. Even in his last days,he smiled and talked about his love for his family,his friends and the life he enjoyed. You can travel the world and if you are lucky enough to meet a man like him you have met an angel. My friend I will never forget you never stop thinking about you and never stop thanking you. I loved you like a brother and my heart is darkened with your passing. I promise you that I will be there for your beautiful partner and adoring sons. I will see you soon my friend
Yvonne Cameron Niko and family I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful sweet guy . Bobby was a wonderful friend and cousin to me
I will be forever greatful he was in my life
He always treated me and my kids with love and respect
You will be missed never forgotten
I am so saddened to hear of Bobby’s passing. I worked with him for a number of years at Shaganappi. He always called me his ‘kid sister’. I have such fond memories of him, and I still have every post card he sent to me at Shag from his holidays! RIP ‘big brother’. My deepest condolences to the Ross Family. He was definitely one of a kind.
Ronnie and Elke Brock
Our deepest condolences Yvonne and family, we were very fond of Bobby and we will always remember that smile!
Ronnie and Elke Brock
Kevin M Etheridge
I met Bob when he was at Canyon Ford years ago, I knew right from the start he was a special person. Over the years he would come to call me “Big Fella”. Bob always made me feel like he had my back. As I told Bob in my last text a few weeks ago: “Bob know how many you have touched in a positive way on this journey we call life.”
My heartfelt condolences to his family and dear friends. Know that Bob is in the next chapter now, there is no way a man who touched so many is not safely in the arms of God! I will miss you my friend and I love you….
Lori (Ross) Block
My heart is broken.
I loved my baby brother to the moon and back.
He was my brother but also my friend.
My memory box is full.
Growing up with you was a blessing and joy Bobby.
Memories of singing “Down on the Corner” at the piano together…..
Memories of you walking me down the aisle when I married Stan……
Memories of you becoming a first time uncle to Chad at 15……of you cuddling Jayda when she was born….
Memories of Stan teaching you to drive…..
Memories of the 3 of us siblings in matching outfits as kids…..
Memories of your wedding at the Tropicana……
Memories of Phoenix visits…..the Grand Canyon……Sedona……Thanksgiving turkey dressing contests….
Memories of discussing spiritual things….
The list is exhaustive. Could never name them all. But I carry each one in my heart.
You were a wonderful brother………and an incredible husband and Dad. You were an amazing son to our precious Mom. You were a loving uncle……son-in-law and brother-in-law You were a good and loyal friend.
Go rest high on that mountain…….your work on earth is done.
Like you told me as we parted….
It’s not goodbye……it’s “see you later”…….
I will remember and miss you forever.
I will continue to love on Yvonne Niko and Cam…..
You will always be my baby brother……forever and ever……Amen.
Yvonne, I am so sorry to hear of this sad news. My condolences to you and your family.
Nadine Smith Arney
Yvonne, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Bob. He helped me through several car purchases and it was always a wonderful experience. I’ve never forgotten the times you and I worked together, and my prayers go out to you and your family for comfort and peace.
All my Condolences
So sorry for your loss
Gary and Kathy Sutton
To the family of Bob Ross.
So sorry for your loss. He was such an awesome man. He always had a smile and a hug whenever we met him. He was the reason we bought our cars at RC Auto. It truly was more than just getting the keys. It was a friendship. We will miss Bob.
I will always remember Bob for his kindness and help in always finding just the right deal of affordable cars for my granddaughters. Because of that, we developed a lasting friendship both through business and golf. He was a wonderful person, genuine and caring and I will always be grateful that he was part of my life. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
I knew Bob only through being his customer at R.C. Had things been a little different, I’m sure we’d have been good friends, too. The way he handled our business was the reason I now have a good attitude toward purchasing a car. He was fair, honest, accommodating, and respectful. From what I’ve read from others who knew him better than I, he was just being Bob. I will miss seeing him, but some of him will still be around because he has passed on his standards to those who will now be working in his stead.
It was a privilege to have known him.
Bob was not just an incredible business partner, he was a great friend. He was a man of good character & integrity who was sincere, fair, and fun. He is already missed by the Hensley family. We send our most heartfelt condolences. Bob Delgado, Andy McCain, Doug Yonko, Tom Holtrup and everyone at Hensley Beverage.
Bob and Mary Macgregor
Bobby was a great guy that is loved by many. It is not goodbye, but see you later!
So sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. Sending love and prayers to the family.
The special bond of memories that Bobby and I had are simply immeasurable. From our early days of playing racquetball at Edgemont Club, to the hockey leagues, Bobby was a great athlete.
He had a special warmth that people felt and it attracted all types of good people to him, Bobby had a natural instinct and could pick up on conversations, in a moment. Educated and extremely quick-witted, he was a true entertainer, from impersonating Louie Armstrong to dancing to blue suede shoes, Bobby loved life!
His love of life, was rewarded by his beautiful family, and friends. He was great family man and a very loyal husband.
I am so grateful for our unique friendship.
My dear friend, you will never be forgotten; it was my honor to be your best man, at your wedding and to watch you raise your beautiful family. We have so many great memories of the fun, the BBQ’s and countless gatherings that we shared over the years.
Bobby loved children. At so many gatherings, I would look to find Bobby on the floor, coloring with our grandchildren or helping them to put a puzzle together. His childlike enthusiasm, was one of his most endearing qualities. He was such a gifted individual and extremely caring of others. .
I miss our daily talks. I loved you as a Brother and Bobby, you will forever be missed but never forgotten.
Rest in peace knowing that Lisa and I will always be here for Yvonne and the boys.
Enjoy your golf games in heaven, go easy on them up there.
~ John & Lisa
Cameron and family
My deepest condolences to all of you. I always enjoyed visiting with Bob and talking shop when I stopped by RC Automotive. He was a professional and I considered him having the highest integrity of anyone I deal with. I will always have great memories and will miss seeing him.
Arthur and Caroline Mckinn
First time we met Bobby he came to our house to ask us if he could marry our daughter Yvonne. We knew right away he was a great man. He told us he played several sports in Canada, I asked him if he liked to play golf and he said that he didn’t play much , so I took him to Encanto Golf Course which is a fairly easy golf course,and he couldn’t break 100. So he told me that he was going to get better… determined, he would hit buckets every night. The last time we played at Pinewood Country Club he was upset because he couldn’t break 70!
He loved to teach kids to play golf and 2 became great players. He loved life and never met a stranger, our family loved him very much and will miss him dearly.
See you later, love you
Your Arizona ,
Mom and Dad❤️❤️
Offering my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family…and his colleagues at RC Auto. I was as stunned as everyone else when I first received the news. Bob assisted me in getting my first car from RC Auto and I never met a more generous, sincere, genuine person. A first class guy. He will be greatly missed.
Bobby will be missed by all of us. It will be hard to fill his shoes in our family.
My prayers go out to Cameron and the family that Bobby has gone ahead of.
Bob was a great man and great friend. I will miss him. With heartfelt condolences to his family. Rest in peace my friend.
Lee R Jarolimek
Yvonne, Cameron and Niko we are so sorry for your lost and ours. We will always remember the great times we had together with you and Bobby. He will always be in our hearts and thoughts forever. We are always hear if you should ever need help with anything. God Bless you and your entire family.
Aunt Veronica and Uncle Lee
Marilu t Clair John Paurich
John and I were very sad to here about Bob. He was a pleasure to know and we will miss him a lot. We wish the whole family God’s help and peace during their time of grieving and sadness. May they see God in the faces of friends and hear Him in their voices. May God’s peace and love sound you all.
With caring thoughts, John Paurich and Marilu St Clair
I’m so sorry for your loss
You and your family are in my prayers
Donald Pato Garcia
Yvonne. I just recently learned about your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God watch over you and your husband be at eternal peace.
Donald Pato Garcia