GABRIELLE MAE ROSS.
OCTOBER 13, 2010 – JUNE 7, 2013
Gabrielle passed peacefully at Canuck Place in the presence of her adoring parents and brothers. She is survived by her parents, Amy and Regan Ross; brothers, James, Michael, and Jonathan: grandparents Wayne and Jane Baldwin, David and Doreen Ross; great-grandmother Della Walsh; and many loving aunts and uncles and cousins.
Gabby had I-cell disease, an extremely rare and incurable genetic disease that would not allow her body to develop. Although her body was small and frail, her spirit was big and strong. As a frequent visitor to Canuck Place, Gabby’s big smile and sunny disposition made her a favorite there. In her brief life Gabby taught us many lessons: to smile and spread the love of life every chance you get; to seek help from those who know when you need to; to take care of your body – it is the temple and vessel for your soul; to work selflessly for life’s rewards; to embrace the riches of family life and to support each other; to live each day with love and meaning. Gabby was an angel sent to us from heaven and now has returned there, but her spirit will always be with us, and we will use the lessons she taught us. Gabby’s family would like to give special thanks to her day nurses: Delta, Carla, Kathy, Sue, Melissa and Dasha; the staff and volunteers at Canuck Place who made her final journey so peaceful; and the staff at Children’s Hospital for the expert care she received on many occasions over her brief life. A celebration of Gabrielle’s life will be held at 2 pm on Friday June 14, 2013 at Victory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canuck Place would be appreciated.