'Rock-hard' dad, technician remembered

Ross Angus, 48, died Wednesday after falling several feet while working in the elevator shaft of a west Ottawa condo building under construction.
Ross Angus, 48, died Wednesday after falling several feet while working in the elevator of a west Ottawa condo under construction. ((Facebook))

Family and friends are mourning the loss of an Ottawa elevator technician who died from a fall at a west Ottawa condo building.

Ross Angus, 48, was working in the elevator shaft of a building under construction Wednesday morning when he fell several feet to the bottom of the elevator pit. Another worker found him around 10 a.m. but it is unknown when he fell or how.

The building at 101 Richmond Rd. was one of the contracts owned by Schindler, a manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walks.

Angus had worked there since January 2007 when he joined as a supervisor, the company told CBC News. He then returned to the field as an adjuster in November 2008.

'He could walk through walls'

In all, the Ottawa man worked 30 years in the elevator business. He also leaves behind a wife and three children.

Ross Angus, 48, worked as an elevator technician and co-owned a hockey undergarments company with a close friend. He leaves behind a wife and three children. ((Facebook))

"Ross was a rock-hard kind of guy and we always joked he could walk through walls," said Rolf Loyens, a close friend and business partner of Angus.

"To hear the news he has left us too soon has been very, very difficult for people to take and obviously something that his family is dealing with, with intense pain right now."

Loyens added Angus was a long-time hockey coach in Nepean.

Advocate for minor hockey safety

Together the two men also ran a protective undergarments company after seeing a child almost die from a skate blade cut. Angus was very passionate, Loyens added, about his family and the safety of minor hockey.

The Ministry of Labour is now investigating the fall and Schindler released this statement regarding the death: "We are saddened to learn of the tragic accident," the statement read, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Ross Angus and his family. The precise cause of the incident is not yet known.

"The situation is under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further. We are providing the authorities our full support and co-operation."