Anthony Lauder

Ross Lauder

Saturday, July 23rd, 1960 - Thursday, January 9th, 2020
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LAUDER, Anthony Ross Eric, July 23, 1960 to January 9, 2020.
It is with disbelief and profound sadness that we announce the passing of a truly unique and amazing man, one who treasured life, was always thankful for what he had, and who encouraged everyone around him to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

Ross loved living on the North Shore all of his life, and enjoyed the last 13 years living in the home his father built in Eagle Harbour where he grew up. After apprenticing with Lauder Bros., custom home builders, his wise dad encouraged Ross to start his own business, providing renovations and new home builds on the North Shore for over 33 years as Lauder Construction Ltd. Ross greatly enjoyed nature and the outdoors, was an Ironman and marathon runner. During his younger years, Ross was a member of the North Shore Ski Patrol on Cypress Mountain, and the North Shore Search & Rescue. He also more recently volunteered for the West Vancouver Streamkeepers Society. As well, Ross was a drummer, always tapping his fingers or cutlery when not at the drums. After being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009, Ross’ zest for working with wood increased exponentially resulting in skillful carvings of animals, birds, and people.

Ross is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia, his treasured son, Nicholas and daughter-in-law, Lisa, and his treasured daughter, Elissa and son-in-law, Jason Liang, his siblings, Mark, Carrie, and David, his nephew, Sean O’Sullivan, and niece, Jessica O’Sullivan, his aunts, Maureen Morford and Ione Kuzek, and his many cousins. Ross is also survived by loving sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews-in-law, nieces-in-law, and his life-long friends.

We are so grateful for all the love and support provided to us by extended family and friends, and for the amazing care provided by the doctors, the nurses and staff at North Shore Hospice in the last week of Ross’ life, and Dr. Thiessen, the nurses, and staff at the BC Cancer Agency. Notably, a very special thank-you to Dr. Rosemary Cashman who was there whenever we needed her throughout this devastating illness.

A Celebration-of-Life will be held at the Capilano Golf and Country Club on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, please donate to Brain Cancer Research at or by mail to the BC Cancer Foundation, 150-686 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1G1 (604-877-6040).
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  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 2:00pm
    Capilano Golf & Country Club
    420 Southborough Dr
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    Celebration of Life date, time and location to be determined in the next few days. Please refer back to this page for details.


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Nicki Ershad

Posted at 11:18pm
I, along with my staff at COMPAC Financial, had the privilege of being the accountants for Ross and his company Lauder Construction. Ross was a truly loving and gentle soul. Seeing him every time brought a smile to our face and happiness to our day.
Ross loved his family and always talked about them with great admiration.
It saddened us to hear about his passing. I know you all miss him greatly.
We wish the family, specially his loving wife Sylvia, patience during this sad time.
May you take great solace in knowing that missing him this much meant you were so loved and cherished by him.
Love always,
Nicki Ershad and staff at COMPAC Financial

giorgio verdicchio

Posted at 04:22pm
I cannot count how many years I have known Ross, an absolute great human being, he will be missed.
Giorgio Verdicchio

John Barker

Posted at 08:04pm
I knew Ross from his volunteer work with West Vancouver Streamkeepers. His time at the Hatchery, conducting salmon surveys and undertaking creek temperature logging were just a few of the contributions he made with his volunteer time. On December 2nd last year, Ross and I had coffee at the Gleneagles Rec Centre coffee shop. I picked up him from home, knowing he was not driving, and we spent about an hour and a half just chatting. It was a particularly special time because I knew the clock was ticking, and we during that time we got talking about athletic achievements. He told me about 6 Iron Man triathalons that he completed and 25 marathons. I suggested he should shoot for one more - then he would equal my 26. We had a good laugh about that. It was not long ago, I was thinking, I should get in touch with Ross for another coffee get together. I really thought he had about a year to live. What an unexpected notice I received. He has gone far too soon. And I am sure, right to the end, he would not have wanted to be a burden on anyone. My memory will be that great outlook on life, positive and giving. What a great man. You probably know that he donated a mounted stealhead, that he carved, to Streamkeepers. He thought it might make a nice door prize at the annual Streamkeeeper Seaside Social. I thought differently and we agreed that we would make this a perpetual award to one Streamkeeper each year. In 2018, Hatchery Manager received the award. Last year, the Coordinator of Community Events and our Membership, Liz Leduc, was the recipient. The award now has an even more precious meaning. This will be one more lasting thought about Ross and his generosity. His will be dearly missed.
My sincere regards to all the family. John Barker, past president, West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society.

Jason Hannah

Posted at 06:17pm
Although I did not know your father, please accept my condolences. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Jason Hannah

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