Ross Philip Small of Harriston passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday April 21, 2022 in his 79th year.
Loving husband of Betty (Ross) Small. Father of David Small of Minto; Lee-Ann and Brian Sutherland of Aberdeen, Scotland; Dennis and Jeanne Small of Markerville, Alberta; and Ben and Sarah Small of Glencoe. Beloved Papa of Michael, Katherine, Joseph, Nathan, Monica and Rebekah Small.
Brother of Fern Mclean, Mildred Francis and Jim Stewart, Roy and Carol Small, Ruth and Terry Kerr, and Glen Small, and sister-in-law Marjorie Small.
Ross was predeceased by his parents Elvet and Myrtle (Hellyer) Small, sister Irene Millson and her husband Gordon, Keith Small, Lorne and Jennifer Small, and brother-in-law Bob Mclean.
Ross will be remembered for his passion for family, farm and community. He was very proud of the four children he and Betty raised, and ensured the farm they built known as 'Dora Lee' was a haven of laughter, tranquility and meaningful work. The Dora Lee prefix became known internationally to represent top quality cattle and swine genetics. He had a passion for Fullblood Fleckvieh Simmental Cattle.
In his younger years, Ross was very active in the community, including work with Harriston United Church, organizing 'Sportsmen's Dinners' to raise funds for the Teviotdale Ball Diamond, adding a Simmental Show to the Harriston Minto Fall Fair, as well as giving countless hours as a Director of Ontario Pork, the Canadian Pork Council, and the Ontario & Canadian Simmental Associations. Later in life, Ross enjoyed more of his time at home on the farm, and travelled to Europe, Australia and across North America to meet other Fleckvieh breeders.
He loved helping his children, sharing family stories, a good joke and watching movies together. He enjoyed 'daffodil hill' in the spring, autumn colours and regular outings to 'St Timothy's' (Tim Horton's). His wisdom, humour and deep love for his family will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be held at the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston on Wednesday April 27th from 4-7pm. Please wear a mask to both the visitation and funeral service.
The Funeral Service will be held at Harriston United Church on Thursday April 28th at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Jessica Cottrell officiating.
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Interment in Harriston Cemetery to follow.
Memorial donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.