John Ross Hailed For Contributions Across Many Fields

This Saturday, we will feature the last column written by the late John Ross, who was the Fiji Sun columnist and writer. Mr Ross, 82, passed away on Tuesday at
13 Feb 2020 13:04
John Ross Hailed For Contributions Across Many Fields
The late John Ross.

This Saturday, we will feature the last column written by the late John Ross, who was the Fiji Sun columnist and writer. Mr Ross, 82, passed away on Tuesday at the Lautoka Hospital after a short illness.

Long time friend, Rosie’s Group managing director Tony Whitton said: “I received news this morning of John Ross’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts at this time for Makita and all the Ross family.

“I talked to John before Christmas and he was not too well. But he was curious about the feedback he was getting about the slowdown in China visitors into Fiji and if we had to do some work on the Fiji brand.

“My experience with John was he loved to chat. He had a very inquisitive mind and wanted to know how things in the Tourism industry worked and should have worked.

“I personally enjoyed his columns.

“Particularly the ones on marketing and brand positioning which was his expertise, working in some of the largest advertising agencies in Australia and the South Pacific.

“We would chuckle at the saying, “Advertising is the tax companies pay for having a poor product. I would say his authenticity. He was always brutally honest matched with that Aussie wit.”

Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island managing director, Abbas Ali, a good friend of Mr Ross, said he had lost a good friend who brings change to what he does.

Mr Ali described his friend as a gentleman who is helpful and supportive in regard to investment and tourism in Fiji.

“This morning I was told that John had passed away. Actually I spoke to him just one day before. He sounded to be all right but I knew he was in and out of the hospital recently even not too well,” Mr Ali said.

“He was a good man who means no harm to anybody. He was helpful and supportive to everybody especially to the investors.

“He was quite active and a very keen person who keep a look and on track on investments. He was quite a helpful man and has a lot of acquaintance with business friends who have business successes,” he said.

“He made some good comment about investment and economy. I think he contributed to bring about issues that were of concern to private sector and the government. He was very informative in his writing.

“He writes about people, characters, important personality of tourism Industry. He has a lot of past historical knowledge. That is what we going to miss about him and his writings. His contributions are remarkable.

Fiji Sun Publisher/chief executive officer Peter Lomas said: “John was a remarkable person who transformed advertising in this country during the heyday of the agencies.

“Then he turned his vast experience into developing marketing, research and branding.

“Visionary people like Rosie and Fantasy made use of his multi-talented skills. Sadly, outfits like Tourism Fiji who could have benefitted from this too perhaps thought John was too old. John was never old.

“We were honoured to have his weekly must-read columns in our Saturday business liftout. We will miss him”

Mr Ross’s funeral will be held on Monday in Suva.

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