John Kenneth Leveson Ross (1876-1951)
Commander "Jack" J.K.L. Ross C.B.E., of Montreal; Deputy-Governor of Jamaica
He was born in Montreal and educated at Bishop's College School, Lennoxville; and at McGill University. He made a name for himself as a sportsman and thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder. He is best remembered for winning the first United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1919 with his Hall of Fame colt, "Sir Barton". In 1911, he set the world record for catching the largest tuna (680 lb, 308 kg) by rod and line at his fishing lodge at St. Anns, Nova Scotia (where Princess Patricia became engaged to Alexander Ramsay while his guests). After his father, he was the second Canadian to be made a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron. He was a generous philanthropist who donated $500,000 in cash to the Royal Navy gave a further $500,000 to be distributed between the families of enlisted men killed in World War One. He gave $1 million to the Royal Victoria Hospital and gave liberally to McGill University. Through a combination of lavish living, generosity, and bad business decisions, he managed to lose $16 million in twenty years and was forced to leave Montreal for Jamaica.
Image Courtesy of the Notman Archives at the McCord Museum, Montreal; How J.K.L. Ross Spent Sixteen Millions (James Bannerman, Macleans April 2, 1955)