STAFFORD, MERRILL ROSS Passed peacefully with his family by his side at Matthews House Hospice in Alliston on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. In his 89th year, Ross was the beloved husband of 57 years to Doris (Vondette), and loving father to Art Lord-Stafford (Robina) and Nancy Stafford.
He is dearly missed by his grandchildren Rayne, Savion, Jurnee, and Willow. Predeceased by his brother Frank Stafford and his sister Merilyn Reinholdt, Ross is survived by his sisters-in-law Carolyn Stafford, Jeanette Burke, Judy Land, and his brother-in-law Arthur Vondette (Margaret) as well as many nieces and nephews. Ross was the owner of Staffords’ Red & White store in Beeton from 1971 to 1975, employed by National Grocers in Brampton for 10 years, and rounded out his career by being the proud owner of one of the first Bulk Barns, located in Brampton, from 1986 to 2001.
A man of great integrity, he was deeply loved by his friends and family, and will always be warmly remembered as a “gentle giant” with tight embraces and a hearty laugh. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Alliston on Saturday, March 13, 2021 with cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston or Matthews House Hospice, Alliston, would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Rod Abrams Funeral Home, 1666 Tottenham Road, Tottenham, 905-936-3477. RodAbramsFuneralHome.com