Ross Douglas CAIRNS (1928-2004)

Ross was born in Wadena, Saskatchewan on 24 May 1928. He was the son of George Cairns (1881-1959) and Mildred Crossley (1888-1947.  The family moved to Winnipeg when he was a child.

On 02 July 1955, he married Inez Yuill in Gilbert Plains and they had three children: Kim, Blaire and Brenda.

He attended Laura Secord Elementary School and Gordon Bell High School. He attended United College and the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Degree in Pharmacy (1954). He worked successively in pharmacies in Winnipeg (1955-1957), Minnedosa (1957-1959), Virden (1959-1965), Cartwright (1965-1972), Grandview (1972-2004), and Gilbert Plaines (1981-2004).

Pharmacist, Community Activist, Municipal Official

He served as a trustee on the Turtle Mountain School Division, as the Mayor of Cartwright (1968-1970), and on the board of the Grandview Personal Care Home. In 1978, he was awarded the Robins Bowl of Hygeia as Pharmacist of the Year for his community involvement and volunteerism. In April of 2004, Ross was awarded his 50-year pin, celebrating half a century as a licensed pharmacist in Manitoba.

Ross was active in all aspects of community life as a volunteer and, as a member of the Kinsmen Club in the various communities he lived in; he was the contact man for the chartering of the Kinsmen Club of Gilbert Plains. He taught Sunday School, coached or managed many different minor sports teams. He helped to spearhead the construction of a school for the mentally handicapped. He received many awards and acknowledgements over the years for his volunteer contributions to the different communities he lived in.

He was a true philanthropist, gladly supporting any number of causes, no matter how big or how small, either monetarily or by the sweat of his brow.

Ross died at Grandview on 20 September 2004 and is buried in the Chatworth Cemetery in Gilbert Plains.


  • Birth, Marriage and Death Registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • 1931 Canada Census, Ancestry
  • Obituary, Grandview Exponent, 05 Winnipeg 2004, page 16.
  • Obituary [George Cairns], Winnipeg Tribune, 09 April 1959, page 37.
  • Obituary [Mrs. George Andrew Cairns], Winnipeg Tribune, 16 January 1947, page 12.


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