We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ruth Fryer, known affectionately as “Ruthie” to Club members, and always lovingly called so by her husband and former Citroën Autoclub Canada president Glen Fryer. Though in ill health for many years, Ruthie attended our annual Christmas party and occasional Club outings for over 40 years!
Ruth (née Burke) was born in Stratford Ontario , on February 2, 1931, the second of four daughters to Harry (Sheffeild, England) and Catherine (Motherwell, Scotland ) Burke.
Ruthie grew up in Stratford, just a few blocks from Glen and graduated from Stratford Collegiate. She then began a career in nursing at the Salvation Army Grace Hospital in Toronto , after which she successfully qualified as a Registered Nurse. Over the years her nursing career took her to hospital nursing (Toronto General, West Park Hospital ) as well as to Seniors’ Homes in the community.
Ruthie and Glen raised four children – Glenda Ruth, Richard (Maxine ) Catherine (Scott) and John. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Marie Christine, Patricia Ruth, Catherine, Arthur, (Catherine) Mark, Paul (John) and Rebecca and by her four great grandchildren, Zuraya and Ezren (Marie) Jacob and Elena (Patricia).
Always quick with a joke or funny story, Ruthie was known for her amazing spirit and love of fun.
She enjoyed travelling with Glen throughout Canada, the U.S. and Greece. Their first trip cruising to the Caribbean was a hit and they were planning another one together this winter.
An avid photographer, she always had a camera at the ready and she cherished her memories of these trips through her pictures.
Her grandchildren saw her playful side the most as she taught them how to ice skate, took them tobogganing, horseback riding, go kart riding, deep sea fishing, mini golfing, and with Glen sending them all each summer to Mini-Yo-We camp in Muskoka.
It is with deep sadness that we say good bye to Ruthie – but we know that as her quiet devotion to her Lord sustained her during her life – it will also sustain us, confident that she has found eternal life, peace and rest – in the words of one if her favourite hymns “Safe in the arms of Jesus”.