It is with a heavy heart that I share that Ross MacKay, member and Treasurer of NSUPE Local 2, passed away on June 4, 2018, at the age of 60.
Ross was one of the most amazing people I have had the privilege of knowing. Union members often address each other as brother and sister as a sign of respect and unity but I can say with confidence that Ross was truly a brother to me, and to the members of the Local 2 Executive, as well as the many of the other NSUPE members with whom he crossed paths with along the way.
Ross served as Local 2’s Treasurer since 2014. He was also a valued member of the NSUPE finance committee since 2015. Ross had a true passion for the labour movement and for NSUPE. He always saw the good in people and gave some of the best advice I’ve ever received. Ross was one of the most generous people I knew and would do anything for someone, without judgement. He was kind, passionate, strong, courageous, and genuine. Ross represented our members with these qualities and more no matter the situation.
Beyond his activism, Ross had an avid interest in genealogy. In his spare time, he volunteered as a member of the RCMP Graves Recovery Project. I had the honour of joining him on a few of these searches and I won’t soon forget his passion and hard work.
I encourage members to share your memories with the Local 2 Executive or with the NSUPE office. I will never forget the last conversation I had with Ross, and I will carry his words with me always. The strength and courage that Ross showed throughout his illness was inspiring and another shining example of who Ross MacKay was. Our hearts go out to his lovely wife Jemma, his son Kemp, and his entire family as they mourn Ross’ passing. Ross will be greatly missed by NSUPE, the Local 2 Executive, and our membership. Rest in peace my brother.
NSUPE Local 2 Vice President (At-Large)