Rosalind Fraser Plummer, owner of Clearmount (asi/45440) and a luminary in the Canadian promotional products industry, has passed away unexpectedly. She was 58.
Over the course of 27 years, Plummer and her husband David built Toronto-based Clearmount into a premier provider of customized awards, recognition items and other premier products such as SIGG water bottles. Not only did Plummer spearhead a supplier firm known for producing outstanding work, she also led the development of a positive company culture that encouraged employee loyalty, with many employees celebrating anniversaries of 20 years or more.
Additionally, Plummer was highly active in the broader promotional products industry and her community. A strong proponent of education, professional development and women’s empowerment, she was a regular presence at PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference and was instrumental in making PPPC’s Women’s Empowerment Event a success for six consecutive years. Her family liked to joke that there was never a sign-up sheet that she didn’t put her name to.
“She had an outsized impact on the lives of those she touched,” her family said in a statement. “Her smile and laughter made this world a brighter place.”
“Ros,” as she was affectionately known, spent her final two weeks on a vacation with friends and her husband. She died suddenly on the trip home. Next week would have marked her 59th birthday. Her family plans to celebrate the day in her honor.
“She loved her family and friends fiercely, and they loved her back with that same intensity,” the family statement reads. “She lives on in the strength she passed on to her three daughters, the memories that she created with her best friend David, and in the joy and laughter that she shared with her mother Rose and sister Sharon.” Indeed, Plummer’s legacy includes daughter Kate, who joined Clearmount 10 years ago and plays an integral role at the company.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Plummer’s memory to two organizations that held a special place in her heart: the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada and Peacebuilders International. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
The Plummer family had one other suggestion for those who wish to honor and remember Ros in a manner that would be in line with the spirit and verve with which she lived. “In her memory,” the family said, “please read a good book, open a great wine and make a toast to those you love.”
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue on Friday, April 21, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. There will be a funeral service held at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive on Saturday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, a reception to celebrate Ros’ life will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto.