ROSSEN, Frances J. - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Frances Jean Rossen (nee Fordyce), 86, in Pickering, Ontario.
Fran passed peacefully September 1, 2016 after a short illness.
Frances was predeceased by her husband Peter (Bill) Rossen and son Steven Rossen (Lillian).
Surviving sons are Bruce (Terri), Blair (Louise) and Stuart (Dinah). Fran also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren who were the joy of her life. She will be deeply missed by grandchildren Lisa, Jeffrey, Brianne, Samantha, Brooke, Katie, Paul and Stephanie.
Her great- grandchildren (who knew Fran as GG) include Aubrey, Ben, Ella, Lucas, Arya, Kai and Everlee. Fran had a special bond with her "Girls Group" whom she had known since they were all in elementary school.
Over the years Fran had a huge influence over hundreds of young adults who played hockey or football with her sons.
This found her house as the neighborhood drop-in centre. She was always happiest with a houseful of boys, cooking and listening to their achievements and their hopes and dreams.
Fran was just known as "MOM" to hundreds. To know Fran was to love Fran and heaven is certainly a better place today with her presence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada.
On Monday, April 25, 2016, 'Gus', surrounded by his family, passed away peacefully in his 92nd year. He was born in Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland in 1924. He flew in World War II with the RAF and immigrated to Canada in 1946. As one of twelve children, he is survived by his sister Eileen Hickey. Devoted husband to Dr. Vera Solowska for 60 years. Loving father of Helen (Marc Carere), Tom (Anne) and Peg (Tom Best). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Matthew, Emily, Andrew, Dominique, Luke, Jeff, Richard, Melanie, Amy, Colin, Jenna and his great-grandchildren Anna Bella, Sophia, Cosmo and Kiana. He was always a mentor and loving advisor to his children, their peers and his grandchildren. On May 2nd, friends may visit at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Rd. (East Gate entrance) from 10-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service in the Chapel at 11 a.m - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=andrew-duane&pid=179788240&fhid=17702#sthash.yZVARBov.dpuf