Ruth grew up in Belleville, graduated from St. Michael’s School of Nursing in Toronto, married, and settled in St. Catharines.
Predeceased by her husband Harvey, sister Marcia, brother Bruce, she leaves her children, Marcia, Judy, Bill, Jamie, and John; 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; as well as in laws Richard Lovering, Marlene Blatherwick, Jack and Gladys Stewart, and Mary Sherwood.
Ruth Sherwood was known for her fierce intellect, empathy, and wit.
In school, Ruth could sleep through lectures and still get 100%. Although she didn’t practice nursing long, it was useful when helping others, including relatives at the end of life. She was a good mentor. She believed she was right, and usually was. She would clip out items from the Globe or Guardian believing they would interest us, and they usually did.
Ruth believed “the best thing you can give someone is your time” and she opened her home, heart, and mind to the people that she loved. She celebrated our rites of passage, attended our successes and failures, and helped us when we needed it.
Often described by strangers as “the lady that looks like the queen”, Ruth had a presence, confidence, style, and grace to match. She was unconventional: ate pie for breakfast and hit the road in a snowstorm. Ruth loved to laugh, and make other people laugh. She was known for her smart remarks right up to the end.
The family sends a special thank you to the staff of The Village of Winston Park, Kitchener, for their care and kindness.
At the request of Mrs. Sherwood, there will be no visitation or service. Donations in Ruth’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice. Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremations.com. Please visit Ruth's obituary notice on Facebook.