Kenneth “Gary” Foss


Kenneth “Gary” Foss passed away suddenly at home on March 29, 2012, after a three year bout with cancer. He was 76 years old.

Gary was born in Ottawa, on September 10, 1935, to the late Wilfred and Amy (nee Workman) Foss and attended school in Morrisburg. He was employed for a short time on the “Lakers” before moving to Sudbury, where he worked for Bell Telephone and met his wife to be, Cynthia Jarvis.

Gary and Cynthia were married in June of 1955, and one year later, their oldest son, Gregg was born. In 1958, they moved to 70 High St. in Morrisburg, where they resided until the present day. Three more children were born here…..Tim in 1959, Jennifer in 1962, and Jill in 1965.

Gary loved, not only his own children, but the neighbourhood kids as well. The house usually rocked with the sounds of kids, cats and dogs.

He was a proud grandfather and will be sadly missed by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild

He was very active in his younger years, building an addition to the family home with the help of his dad, serving as a volunteer firefighter, attending the Masonic Lodge, coaching hockey and playing for the Morrisburg Oldtimer’s Hockey Team.

Gary retired in 2000, after working as manager at the Crysler Park Marina for 12 years. After retirement he took up the hobby of making fine inlaid wooden boxes. 

In 2009, Gary began his first bout with cancer. He accepted his illness and all the accompanying treatments with grace and dignity while accepting the inevitable outcome. 

He and his love of life will be missed by all who knew him well.

Gary is survived by his loving wife Cynthia and by his children  Gregg of Morrisburg, Tim of Stittsville, Jennifer (Clare) Tatton of Iroquois and Jill (Rick) MacDonald of Orleans.

He was cherished grandfather of Shannon Foss of Ottawa; Richard Foss of Calgary; Andrew Foss of Ottawa; Caitlin and Adrianne Foss of Manterville, Minnesota; Michael Tatton of Sydney, BC; Kiersten and Bradley MacDonald, both of Orleans.

He is survived by one great- grandchild Francis Blackmore of Ottawa and will be sadly missed by sister-in-law Helen Foss of Carrying Place and brother-in-law Don Jarvis (Sue) of Morrisburg.

Gary was predeceased by his parents, by an infant daughter, Leslie and by his brother, Glen. 

Friends were received at the Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg on Wednesday, April 4, from 7-9 p.m.

Gary was a member of Lakeshore Drive United Church where a memorial service to celebrate his life was held on Thursday, April 5, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.

Memorial donations to the Lakeshore Drive United Church Memorial Fund will be gratefully acknowledged.  

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