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John Left A Model That The Family Will Continue To Use

Mrs Ross said she often told her late husband that he should leave his mind with her upon his earthly departure.
15 Feb 2020 12:13
John Left A Model That The Family Will Continue To Use
From left: Issac Wedlock (grandson), Robert Ross, Makita Ross (wife), Mere Ross holding her father’s picture, Seleni Ross, Mereani Wedlock (niece), and Netani Ross at their home in Nasoso Nadi. Photo: Mereleki Nai

John Ross,  a regular columnist for The Fiji Sun, and Nadi-based marketing, research and advertising specialist,  was 82 years old when he died this week.

His wife Makita Ross said her husband left behind a model the family would continue to follow.

The 40-year-old mother of four said the life she learnt from her husband made her the person she is today.

“John was full of ideas,” she said.

“What I learned from him is what I am today.

“I admired him for his mind.”

Mrs Ross said she often told her late husband that he should leave his mind with her upon his earthly departure.

Passion for his work

“I love the passion he had for his work.

“Even on his sickbed in hospital, the laptop was with him.”

Mrs Ross said her husband told their children to never give up.

She said he told them whatever they wanted to achieve, they had to ensure they got it done and got it right,” she said.

Mrs Ross said her husband pushed their children to where they are today.

“He was happy when his children succeeded in their school work or in whatever they did.

“He never wanted to say anything about anybody because he had his own ways.”

John Ross’s wife Makita Ross. Photo: Mereleki Nai

John Ross’s wife Makita Ross. Photo: Mereleki Nai

John’s letter

Mr Ross’s niece, Mereani Wedlock said he told them of a letter that needed to be sent via email to various people on particular dates.

There was a particular letter which he told them to send to Tony Whitton the morning he died.

“We were shocked when we opened the letter to be sent to Mr Whitton and found out what he had said about his body.

“He stated in the letter that he was going to die at the hospital and he wanted his body to be clean, washed and be fresh and be taken to the mortuary.

“It was like he already knew what would happen to him,” Mrs Wedlock said.

Mr Ross is survived by his wife, Makita and their four children, Robert Ross, Seleni Ross, Mere Ross and Netani.

He passed away at Lautoka Hospital after a short illness and will be cremated in Suva on Monday.

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