POLLARD, Ruth Barbara - August 7, 1931 - April 13, 2017
Peacefully, in her 86th year, Ruth passed away at Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice with family by her side. Mother of Elizabeth and Anne (John), grandmother of Nick, Joseph, Jamila, and Lindiwe, aunt and great-aunt. Ruth will be missed by us all.
Born in Berea, Ohio, and raised in Cleveland, Ruth dreamed of a life of adventure and first left home on a ship to England - the Queen Elizabeth - when she was twenty-one years of age. Life abroad suited Ruth, and she soon joined the American Foreign Service which sent her to a posting in Barbados, where she met her future husband, Jim.
In England Ruth and Jim married and had their two daughters. The family immigrated to Toronto in 1964 where Ruth worked as an administrative assistant. Between 1968 and 1996, work, circumstance, and that incessant sense of adventure took Ruth to Windsor, London, Ottawa, New Mexico, France, and Switzerland. After retirement, Ruth moved to Hamilton to be once again close to family.
A lover of literature, art, music, theatre, travel, movies, good food and good company, Ruth endeavoured to live a full and eventful life. After her retirement, Ruth volunteered at Theatre Aquarius, Brott Music Festival, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, and the Hamilton Public Library teaching English as a Second Language. Each new experience in Ruth's life gave her the opportunity to cultivate new and interesting friendships, many of which have lasted for decades.
Ruth will be greatly missed by family and friends from far and wide.
A celebration of life will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, 170 Dundurn St. S., Hamilton, on Monday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m. In honour of Ruth, please wear colours that reflect her joie de vivre. According to her wishes, Ruth's ashes will be interred in her parents' grave at Riverside Cemetery in Cleveland at a later date.
Many thanks to all the wonderful health-care workers, volunteers, and cherished friends who helped Ruth through this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Assistance Program, 569 Concession Street, Hamilton, L8V 1B2, or to Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, 277 Stone Church Rd. E., Hamilton, L8B 1B1.