Monday, October 29, 2007
A Much Overdue Mention in Passing
RIP Ross Moroz
It was with a good deal of regret that I learned today of the passing of a former colleague of mine, from my time writing for the University of Alberta Gateway.
I wouldn't go so far as to claim any close personal friendship with Ross. That being said, I believe fellow Gateway alumnus Caitlin Cranshaw said it best when she wrote, "I had a lot of respect for Ross and his remarkable originality. He was always the coolest guy in the room, as someone else put it, but was surprisingly modest and kind."
At times, Ross could be a little much to take. The rest of the time, Ross possessed a unique gift for passion and eloquence. He loved what he did, and did it as well as anyone, anywhere. He had a very bright future ahead of him, and it's unfortunate that a great many people probably don't realize what has been lost in Ross Moroz's sheer potential.
Of course, Ross wasn't perfect. Unfortunately, there has been some impertinent speculation as to the manner of his unfortunate and sudden passing. But nobody deserves to die young, and those who knew Ross even passingly knew that he lived life to its fullest.
They say that only the good die young. For those who knew Ross, it isn't hard to recognize his inherent goodness.
Rest in peace, Ross. While the world may be a little bit poorer for your absence, all of those who knew you know you're in a better place now.