He was made Life Member of the Association in 2003.
Ross sat on the Bench and gave leadership in education, selection and protocols for Judicial Justices of the Peace. He was Chairman of Education and Training, Social Committee and was editor of Court Panel Information Bulletin.
During World War 2 Ross Familton served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Pacific Islands at the height of the Japanese threat.
After obtaining an MA with honours Ross became a teacher. In 1962-63 he was President of NZ Educational Institute, the primary teachers’ professional organisation. In 1971 he was awarded a Fellowship of NZEI and later went on to serve many years as Post Primary Teachers’ Association representative on the NZEI committee responsible for selecting teachers for awards. Tamati Howard, present member of the Council of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, was also a member of that committee. Ross retired from Principal of Avondale College.
Mr Familton was awarded the Queen's Service Order (QSO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2007 for services to education and Justices of the Peace.
He became Justice of the Peace, Retired, in December 2014.
His funeral will be held next Tuesday at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, 5 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, at 2pm.