Gone home: Susan Ross

26th May 2021


Susan Ross, Honorary Vice President of Clyde Region, passed away on May 20th at the age of 99 years. She died in hospital shortly after a fall at her home.


Although diminutive in stature Susan was a towering leader for Cub Scouting in Scotland for decades. She was CSL of the 32nd Glasgow (1st Kirkintilloch) Cub Pack for many years. Several prominent people, including one former Area Commissioner, can testify to the inspiration and guidance that she provided to them as Cubs.

Susan was Assistant Area Commissioner for Cub Scouts in Greater Glasgow Area. She piloted and then facilitated the introduction of the new Cub Scout programme, against significant resistance to change, doing so with her characteristic calm and charm. Cub Scouting in Glasgow thrived as Susan gathered around her a team of dynamic and visionary leaders. She was involved in leader training and in Scottish Scouting, including Blair Atholl. She was awarded the Silver Wolf 'services of a most exceptional character'. Susan maintained her links with Scouting and was a frequent attendee at Greater Glasgow Area and Clyde Region annual meetings.

In her professional life Susan was a schoolteacher and Head of Hillhead Nursery in Kirkintilloch. Between her career and Scouting she influenced the lives of thousands of children.

Susan lived an active life until the end. She was involved in Lenzie Old Parish Church (here shown raising the new weathervane), the Kirkintilloch Antiquaries and the Soroptimists. She travelled extensively with friends and relatives and was quite content to 'camp' well into her nineties. 'Miss Ross' was widely known and loved in the community as may be illustrated with a gathering of people assembled outside her house in Auchinloch to sing 'Happy Birthday' on her 99th.


I had the pleasure and honour to work with Susan as an ADC Cub Scouts and as a Sub-Camp Leader at the Greater Glasgow Area Father and Son Camps she organised when she was Assistant Area Commissionerfor Cubs in the 70s . They were fun times and her lack of height belied the immense stature she exuded when she took charge, sometimes standing on a chair. Susan was always cheery, had time for everyone and inspired many. Those of us who met and worked with her are blessed to have had that opportunity and she will be missed.

Peter McMahon - 27th May 2021 at 2:00am

She was my Sunday school teacher when I went to Lenzie Old Parish Church about 65 years ago. Three years ago, I met her when there was an Easter March round the churches in Lenzie, ending at St Mary’s church in Kirkintilloch. We were both going to be doing readings at each church, and she was the first to read. “Watch, and learn” she said with a twinkle in her eye!A Lovely gracious lady., bless her!

Graham Sherry - 26th May 2021 at 11:37pm

An inspiration to so many.

Marion Rankin - 26th May 2021 at 4:43pm

Rest in peace. A lovely lady.

Sandy Mowat - 26th May 2021 at 3:22pm

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