August 6, 1951 - January 1, 2024

With great sadness, the Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials shares the news of the passing of one of our long-time officials, Ross Beaton.  Suddenly, on January 1, Ross passed away at his home.  He left behind his wife, Linda, who he credited with keeping him alive as long as she did, son Michael, and daughter Laura. 

Ross was involved in basketball his whole life, from high school through many years in the Senior Men's Leagues and was a long-time member of the MBOA.  He was a gifted scorer, a committed player, and a committed coach who gave back to his community.  A serious and conscientious referee for over 30 years, Ross was one of the first KPAC officials when that organization was founded. 

Ross was approached by the Interlake and Evergreen School Divisions to come out and referee their games as they recognized the need for serious officials if their teams were to succeed at Provincial competitions.  He promised to supply them with quality officials as long as he was involved.  The number of Provincial banners that hang from these schools are testament to this approach. 

Ross retired from officiating when COVID-19 started.  When basketball started after the pandemic eased, Teulon Collegiate had a special presentation before a home game thanking Ross for his 34 years of service.  It was the only time he was at a loss for words. 

His smile and dry sense of humour will be missed.  Our thoughts are with Ross' family and friends.  

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