After a long and courageous fight against dementia, James Ross Covert passed away peacefully on June 15, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas.  He was born on Feb. 20, 1946 in Campbellford, ON and always regarded this spot on the Trent River as God’s country.  He is predeceased by his parents Jim and Jean (Hendy) Covert, his younger sister Cathy (Rick) Court, and his first wife Gisela (Frank) Tobiens-Sherman.  He is survived by his wife of almost 44 years, Marie (Bethune) Covert, his daughter Rebecca Anne (Becky) Covert, and his sister Sheila (Bob) Wilson.

He leaves behind nieces and nephews and even 8 ‘greats’, as well as many friends and neighbours.

When James (or Ross or JR) left Westinghouse/Camco, he started his own tax business, Romarco Consulting.  This work gave him many years of satisfaction as he felt he was able to help people with their tax questions.  He became friends with many of his clients and even did free pick-up and delivery of tax forms.  He loved this ability to serve and be part of his community.  He was a ‘life’ member of the Hamilton Air Force Association and the Dundas Legion, Branch #36.  For many years he volunteered with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association on the Fundraising Committee and coordinated many events; he loved the people interaction and knowing that the funds would be used for a good cause.  Similarly, he chaired a golf tournament (in conjunction with the HAFA) for several years for Rygiel Homes and once more enjoyed the camaraderie of the golfers and the generous cheque for this favoured charity.  

Visitation prior to the funeral will take place on June 19, 2023 at 11:00 at St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park Street West, Dundas.  The funeral service will follow immediately after, at 12:00.  Interment to follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery near Campbellford  at a later date.  He will rest with his grandparents, at the feet of his grandfather whom he adored. 

A reception will follow the service and will be hosted at the Dundas Museum and Archives, 139 Park Street West, Dundas.

Special thanks to Dr. Boyd and the amazing staff of Orchid Garden at Saint Joseph’s Villa where Ross has resided for the past 7 years.  They have shown a great capacity for kindness and care  which has been much appreciated during these difficult times. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton or St. Joseph’s Villa, Dundas. 

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home at 53 Main St., Dundas, if that is your preference.