It is with profound sadness that the family announces the unexpected and tragic passing of Calum W.M. Ross in his 50th year. He was the beloved son of William and Ruth Ross. He will be missed beyond words by his cherished daughters, Abigail and Lexie Ross, whom he loved immensely. Fiona, his sister, and husband Richard and children Kieran, Cameron, and Kyla will miss him dearly. His Uncle Colin and Aunt Lynn were some of his greatest supporters and will deeply feel his absence. Calum had a multitude of dear friends, fraternity brothers, and business partners who he held dear to his heart, many of whom tried to help him through his darkest times.
Calum moved to Canada with his family in September of 1978, where he adapted quickly to the new country, making friends easily and trying to capture and tame the native black and white striped “squirrels.” His sunny disposition and easy-going attitude made him many friends with peers and adults alike.
Academics weren’t especially important to Calum in high school, but nonetheless, he graduated from North Park Secondary School in Brampton, and went off to the University of Guelph to complete his B.Comm in Management Economics and Finance in 1996. While at Guelph, he joined the Fraternity Delta Upsilon and participated in a plethora of charity fundraising events where he also made many deep and lasting friendships.
In 2002, he married Michelle Card. They welcomed two incredibly beautiful daughters, Abbie (2004) and Lexie (2008) who he loved immensely. His passion for his work, drive for excellence, as well as the inner battles that he faced often kept him away and prevented him from being the man and father that he wanted to be.
Calum found his passion early in his career by becoming an incredibly successful Mortgage Broker. He earned his MBA from The Schulich School of Business in 2002 and graduated from the Comprehensive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School in 2010. He was regularly featured in the media as a financial expert, including appearances on Global, CTV, CNBC and BNN. In 2017, he wrote the book The Real Estate Retirement Plan and donated all of the proceeds to Sick Kids Hospital.
Calum won many awards such as Mortgage Broker of the Year (2016), Top Mortgage Brokerage in Toronto (2016), Hot List – Canadian Mortgage Professional (2015), Best Customer Service – Canadian Mortgage Awards (2014), Mortgage Broker of the Year (2014), Hot List – Canadian Mortgage Professional (2014), and the Mortgage Broker of the Year Finalist (2011).
Anyone who truly knew Calum, knew that he was larger than life and commanded a room. His fast pace, quick talking, and charismatic personality always inspired people to be better, become more educated, and to help others.
A private family service was held at the Egan Funeral Home to celebrate his life and accomplishments.
Calum had an incredible love for animals and was passionate about helping others. In lieu of flowers, his eldest daughter Abbie, has requested that donations be made to your local humane society, CAMH, or local food bank in his memory.
Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com