John was born on October 15, 1881, in Lynedoch, about 20 kilometres southeast of Tillsonburgh, Norfolk County, Ontario. His father was John Campbell Ross (a merchant who was born on September 8, 1844, in Ontario; died September 3, 1925); his mother was Ada Elizabeth Bottomley (born September 2, 1857, in Ontario; died 1946).
In 1891, John was living with his parents in Tillsonburg. In 1901, he was still living with his parents; his occupation was “banker.”
He first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1907; he was an accountant for the Union Bank of Canada. By 1910, he was in the real estate department of Robertson Brothers, who were insurance, estate, financial and mining brokers. (William Ritchie Robertson, of 1951 Robson Street, was the president of the company.)
John enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. After the war, he resumed his brokerage business in Vancouver. In 1919, he was the manager of Burdick Brothers and Brett, Ltd.
On May 18, 1920, in Portland, Oregon, he married Gretchen Day. She was born on October 7, 1887, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Her father was Richard Vincent Day (born November 16, 1842, in Tazewell county, Virginia; died July 29, 1919, Los Angeles); her mother was Cordelia Harriet Noble (1861-November 29, 1916, Los Angeles). The Day family was successful in business in Iowa and Wisconsin. After they moved to Los Angeles about 1903, they became prominent in Los Angeles society, and lived at 12 St. James Park [http://stjamesparklosangeles.blogspot.ca/2012_06_01_archive.html].
By 1925, John was a broker with Waghorn Gwynn. In 1930, he was vice-president of R.P. Clark Ltd; Brigadier General Robert Percy Clark was the president of the company. In 1940 and 1950, John was a director of Ross Whittall Ltd. By 1952, he was retired.
John died on March 21, 1961, in West Vancouver, British Columbia.
Gretchen died on June 22, 1973, in Vancouver.
Although John and Gretchen had no children of their own, John’s will left large amounts to needy children.
John Cameron Ross
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