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“I will miss Hugh forever. It was always a pleasure to share a museum visit with Hugh and Min, or a dinner, or a talk about travel, a shared passion....Read More »
1 of 2 | Posted by: Karen Allison - LAS VEGAS, NV

“My memory is losing to Hugh repeatedly in the GNT, but it was an honor to play against such a worthy and ethical opponent. You were the best Hugh. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Bill Harker - Santa Fe, NM

Hugh L. Ross died November 20, 2017 at Lakeside Park, Oakland, California, after living with vascular dementia for some years. He is survived by Min, his beloved and devoted wife of 47 years, sister Helen Ross (Federico Allodi) of Toronto, nephew Martin Ross of New York and niece Francesca Allodi-Ross of Toronto. He was predeceased by his older brothers Jim and Andrew.
​Born in Montreal, Quebec, Hugh attended Selwyn House in Westmount before entering Trinity College School, in Port Hope, Ontario on a four-year scholarship. In his final year at the boarding school he won the Governor General's Medal for Mathematics.
​Hugh attended McGill 1954-1957, graduating with a BA, honours mathematics. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the McGill mathematics society and the intercollegiate bridge teams of 1956 and 1957. His motto in the 1957 McGill yearbook was "Well-timed silence is more eloquent than speech."​
​After graduation from McGill he studied actuarial science and worked at Sun Life Assurance of Canada in Montreal. At the time, Sun Life was a pioneer in technology, buying its first computer - a 24-ton machine that sat on a half-acre of space - in 1958. Eventually deciding against an actuarial career, Hugh moved to California in 1962 where he took postgraduate courses in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.
​Hugh worked as a computer programmer and later as a systems analyst in the San Francisco area before starting his own computer service company, 101 Methods, with two partners in 1972. He met his future wife Min in the late 1960's and they were married in Sausalito in 1970.
​Hugh's interest and aptitude in bridge began early, playing with his family at home. Once at Berkeley, Hugh divided his time between course work and bridge games with other aspiring life masters. During four decades of top-level bridge play, Hugh won many international and North American champions, including three Bermuda Bowls (1976, 1985 and 1987). Hugh was inducted into the American Contract Bridge League Hall of Fame in 2002. After suffering a massive stroke in 2004 and two years of intensive rehabilitation, he started playing bridge on the internet and winning senior events at regional tournaments.
​He and Min shared a passion to travel far and wide. They also loved music, arts and the theatre.
​Hugh is remembered by his many friends for his kindness, modesty and his wonderful sense of humour. The family would like to thank Hugh's cousin, Dr. Jim LeMesurier, of Sebastopol, California, for his unstinting help to Min and Hugh in the sometimes difficult periods of Hugh's illness. Following Hugh's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.