In Memoriam – Ruth Dyke (1921 – 2016)

We are saddened too announce the passing of Citroënvie member Ruth Dyke on December 5 at 95 years of age after a brief illness in Guelph ON, Canada.  Ruth is the mother of George Dyke, President of Citroën AutoClub Canada and Citroënvie.  She and her late husband of 67 years, Gordon Dyke who passed away in 2010, attended various Citroën events in both the US and Canada.

ruth-gordon-dyke-2010-carlisle  Ruth and Gordon Dyke at Carlisle in 2009.

Ruth attended Rendezvous in 2014 and in 2015 with Ruth Bryson from Kingston ON.  Both widowed at the time, they were affectionately called the “Two Ruths” and Ruth Dyke as was given recognition as the oldest Rendezvous attendee.

ruth-dyke-ruth-bryson-crop  The two Ruths    ruth-dyke-exits-mehari-crop  Ruth Dyke gets out of the back seat of George’s Mehari at age 92!

Up until September of 2016 Ruth was still able to live by herself in her condominium in Guelph.  Mentally alert up until her final days, Ruth had the uncanny ability to remember people, places and her activities over the years with family and friends.  She was always thinking of others and their happiness.

Born Ruth Livermore on June 10, 1921 in Montreal, she was the oldest daughter of Alice Manhire and George Livermore.  After achieving top grades in public and high school, she took a job with The Bell Telephone Company in Canada where she rose to being a lead operator trainer in Montreal’s downtown core.  After WWII she left Bell and moved with her husband Gordon to Halifax. She took on the role of being a housewife and made family her priority.  They moved to Hamilton, ON in 1953 to Toronto in 1954 while Gordon was store manager with the D’Allards ladies ware stores, and then back to Montreal in 1961 to be closer to family.  As family moved from Quebec to Ontario in the 1980’s she and Gordon decided to do the same and in 1995 they moved to Guelph feeling that it would be a lovely place to spend the balance of their retirement years.

Ruth is survived by her son George and his wife Marijke Dyke, her granddaughter Elizabeth and her husband Jaret Voce, and her great grandaughter Cassidy Voce.  Ruth’s younger sister, Marjorie Scott (91 years of age), remains in the same nursing facility in Guelph.  They had rooms across the hall from each other and were able to be close and visit to the last day.

A private memorial service will be held for Ruth in Guelph at a time to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

7 comments

  1. To George, Marijka, Elizabeth, Jaret and Cassidy,

    It is so very hard to express words of condolences, as your mother was always very kind and considerate of all she had touched, she truly was an angel.
    She will be very missed always..

    Kindly accept our Condolences on your mother’s passing away,

    May Ruth rest in peace

    Raj and Divya

  2. Very sorry to hear of your mothers passing George. I hope the fond memories of happier times will guide you through this time of sadness. in a way it is comforting to know that one’s loved one will not have to bear the hardship of suffering. I hope the future will bring you only good things. All the best. Barbara and Arnold Korne.

  3. Dear George and Marijka,
    We are saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing George, please accept our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.
    Richard and Lynn Bonfond

  4. Maureen and I extend our condolences to you and your family, but also wish to remember the fun and joy that Ruth brought with her wherever she went. I believe she lent a lot of that to you, and so her legacy lives on. Cheers, Ruth.

  5. Dear George and Marijka, very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My deepest condolences. Elizabeth Matthews

  6. Dear George and Marijka and family,

    We are very saddened by the news of your mother’s passing. Both your mother and father were wonderful people and we all enjoyed meeting them at club events and chatting about the “good old days.”
    May the fond memories live on and comfort you in the future.

    Ken, Frances and family.

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