Archive for March, 2016

Tracy Bachmann | March 14, 2016

Sad news

89889545-B3C5-479A-AF60-608EF5051F5FIt is with deepest sadness that we pass along the news that our beloved friend and Highlands man Ross Freeland has passed away.

After a valiant battle with late stage gastric cancer, he passed away earlier today with his wife and son, Anna and Eli, and his mother and father Jani and Jim by his side.

Ross influenced hundreds of young men and women through his teaching, coaching and counseling. One of his most outstanding traits is that he brought out the very best in all of us; inviting us to his positive world view and the simple but honest belief that if we will, we can. His never-ending positivity, optimistic view and heart of deep kindness will be a beacon for all of us to look to in all the days ahead.

Memorial service plans are have not yet been determined, but as soon as we have a time, place and date we will be sure to let you know.

In the meantime, do what Ross would want us to do. Have a catch. Watch the sunset. And live your life with meaning, putting God (however God is known to you) first, others second, and be third. Just like Ross.

4 Responses

  1. Riley Ewen says:
    March 14th, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    So sad to hear this. If someone from Camp Highlands can get me in contact with Jim and Jani and Anna and Eli for me to send a personal note, I’d greatly appreciate it. I don’t have any contact info. My prayers are with the Freeland family, and I’m very thankful to God for this worthwhile man.

  2. Kris Milner says:
    March 14th, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    This is humongous sadness for the Highlands family! Barely getting over the loss of Mike, now Ross! Stay strong, Highlands, and continue the Worthwhile Way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, The Milner family, John, camper 2008-2012, staff 2013-2015

  3. Tom Sullivan says:
    March 14th, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Owen Sullivan and the Sullivan family are devastated by this sad news. We send our thoughts and prayers to the Freeland family. If we can live life with half the spirit that Ross did, we will be better people. A worthwhile man indeed.
    Tom (75-78), Owen (13-15), Laura and Emma Sullivan.

  4. Rusty Magner says:
    March 18th, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Ross was certainly a worthwhile man and lead my sons to be the same. He will be missed. Tonight’s wake for Ross was very sad, it was difficult to imagine how quickly he left us. Reuniting with so many friendly Highlands staffers this evening re-affirmed what a remarkable person Ross was and how fortunate we are to have a place like Highlands to call home.
    I just registered my youngest for his first summer at Highlands and look forward to him becoming a worthwhile man, like me and his brothers. And of course, Ross Freeland. #I’m Third

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Tracy Bachmann | March 9, 2016

Share the love: Let’s give Ross the gift of our memories

Ross in the stern of the war canoe about 2014.

Ross in the stern of the war canoe about 2014.

Dear Highlands Friends,

One of the most powerful Sunday Assemblies from the past decade was when Shaun Trenholm unpacked his trunk, but instead of bringing forth clothes or camping gear, he pulled out letters that he had written to the people who had most influenced him in his life. In that assembly, he encouraged each of us to write those letters to the people who have made a significant impact on our lives.

In this spirit, we invite you to send a verbal letter to our most worthwhile man, Ross. As you know, Ross is in a fierce battle with gastric cancer right now. He and Anna and Eli are doing everything they can to wage this fight. But it is an exhausting battle. And the difficulties weigh heavy on everyone’s hearts. In a recent visit I had with him, the best time we spent was when he and Anna and I could laugh about stories from this past summer and other great moments from our past. It was clear that the cherished memories bring a smile to his heart, and to Anna and to Ross, those smiles are golden.

So we invite you to participate in keepsake CD of cherished memories and stories with Ross. The instructions are simple.

Call in to the number listed below. Enter the 5 digit code. And, when prompted, share your name and then share your story. When you are done you can simply hang up, or listen and re-record your message if you are so inclined. It’s as simple as that. We will keep the recording lines open for one week, ending next Wednesday, March 16th. Then the CD’s will be sent to Ross and Anna by the end of next week.

We think he would love to hear your voice talking about a special time you shared together, a story about him that always makes you smile, or what you think makes Ross uniquely special. Remember when leaving your message that a meaningful story or shared memory will make the most impact. 

This is simply one more way we can boost Ross, Anna and Eli’s spirits and let them know how loved and cared for they are by people the world over. So, if you are so inclined, prepare your thoughts, remember the joy, and share your story with our most worthwhile man.

Thank you for your love and support.

Here is all you need to do: 

1) Call LifeOnRecord, 1-800-606-0697 by midnight Pacific Time on March 16.

2) When prompted, enter your Invitation Number: 16075

3) Record your message after the tone. Remember to say your name. When finished you can either hang up or press the # key. If you press the # key you’ll be given options to listen to your recording, accept your recording, or re-record it.

Feel free to forward this onto other people that know Ross so that they can contribute to the keepsake as well. Callers outside of the US and Canada can reference this link for dialing instructions: ‪http://www.lifeonrecord.com/faqs.htm#countries

Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful gift for Ross, Anna and Eli.

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  1. Laura Gilkey says:
    March 9th, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    This is so wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity. Banyan and I have been struggling to find a way to show him how much we are thinking of him. This is so perfect and so genuine.

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