Retail mourns Tom Ross

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Tom Ross, who headed the Canadian Retail Hardware Association for 33 years, died June 26 at the age of 83. In 1989, the Canadian Society of Association Executives honoured him with its Pinnacle Award. Inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame in 1999, his citation noted that he fostered close relations with the associations’ overseas counterparts and took part in market research projects aimed at increasing the profitability of independent dealers. In addition to his role within the industry, he advocated on members’ behalf on legislative issues such as gun control, metrication, and Sunday trading. He is survived by his wife Marg, their three children and four grandchildren.