Family and friends gathered Saturday to say goodbye to Fred Ross, a well-known New Brunswick painter known for his portraits and murals. 

A funeral service was held Saturday at Trinity Church in Saint John.

Ross was remembered as "a good man" who had a passion for art and supported young artists.

Ross died Tuesday at the age of 87. His death prompted condolences from across the country.

Ross studied under Ted Campbell at the Saint John Vocational School and later in Mexico. He taught at Vocational School from the early 1950s until 1970, when he resigned as head of the art department to focus on painting full-time.

His work has been displayed at the National Gallery in Ottawa. He was the first New Brunswicker to have an exhibit in the art gallery of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

It was his 1993 Beaverbrook Art Gallery retrospective, The Art of Fred Ross — A Timeless Humanism, that secured his reputation nationally.

Ross was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2004 and the Order of New Brunswick in 2008.