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Ruth Elizabeth Rowe 

April 9, 1936 – May 25, 2019

Ruth Elizabeth Rowe  Lesperance
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Ruth Elizabeth Rowe Lesperance

Ruth slipped quietly and peacefully from the surly bonds of this earth and entered the Kingdom of our Lord at 4:50 PM on Saturday May 25th 2019.

Ruth was born on Fairview Boulevard in Riverside, Ontario on April 9th, 1936. She was the 7th child of Anne Sylvia Hilton Fish Rowe and Francis Stanley Rowe, formerly of Southport England and Brighton England.

Ruth was pre-deceased by her husband of 57 years, Denis Henry (Denny) Lesperance (2014).

She is survived by her three children: Roderick Jay, Jennifer Elizabeth (Gaudette) and Renee Angelique Lesperance. Dearest “Gigi” to her granddaughter, Ariane Angelique Lesperance Petryna. Mother-in-law to Marc Gaudette and Mark Petryna.

Ruth was pre-deceased by her brothers: John Francis Rowe, James Stanley Rowe, and Frank Hilton Rowe and sisters: Dorothy Francis Rowe Pitman, Sylvia Emily Rowe and Joan Rowe Vannatto. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, the Reverend Canon Thora Wade Rowe and Doris Blakely Little.

Ruth is survived by her godson and nephew, (George) Brian Pitman, the only grandchild seen by Anne Sylvia Hilton (1950) and her goddaughter and niece, (Sylvia) Margot Pitman Kneale who was the flower girl at the wedding of Ruth and Denny in August 1957. Survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins in England.

Ruth was a life-long friend to Lorraine Clark Bateman, Marilyn Lyman Arsenault and the late Arlene Jackson Stephens.

She was a special friend to Marian (Stinchcombe) and Gus Milot, Fort Myers, Florida, Ginny Thomas and neighbour Sandy Morley.

Ruth was a life-long resident of Riverside, Ontario and was proud her birth certificate acknowledged Riverside as her place of birth. She held the same Bell Whitehall telephone number for over 60 years.

Ruth loved life and cherished every moment of it, living life to the fullest, despite the many adversities she experienced along the way.

Her early career was spent at Bell Canada as a long-distance operator and later in the office of Bell until she left the company to devote her time to raising a family. Ruth worked part-time in retail for many years and spent several years working at Sears Canada in ladies sportswear.

Ruth enjoyed her bi-annual trips to Naples, Florida where she stayed two months every year at the Marriott Residence Inn where she formed many friendships with fellow guests from England, Germany, and the continental United States. The hotel staff at Marriott greeted her lovingly each day she spent at the hotel.

Ruth was a life-long parishioner of St. Aidan’s Anglican Church and lived next door to the church at 116 Westminster Boulevard. She attended Sunday school at the clapboard structure on Lawrence Road which still stands to this day. She was married at St. Aidan’s Church and all three of her children were baptized there and her youngest daughter Renee was married at the church.

Ruth was a very spiritual lady and drew her strength in knowing the Lord as her saviour. She attended Bible Study and read her bible on a regular basis.

Ruth was a life-long advocate of animals and the prevention of cruelty to animals. She loved her garden and the English flowers her mother had cultivated in their family garden on Westminster.

Life with our mother was both magical and whimsical. We grew up listening to the Tales of Beatrix Potter and the Flower Fairies, thus instilling us with a love of animals and a knowledge of gardening.

Ruth touched many lives during her time on this earth, especially those of her three children and granddaughter. She always referred to her children as her “family jewels” and treated us accordingly. Mum was a beacon of hope to us all, a true steel magnolia and will live on in our hearts for all eternity and in the heart of her beloved granddaughter, Ariane Angelique.

Ruth’s private funeral service (at her request) was presided by Reverend David Pennylegion of St. Aidan’s Church. She was cremated and a Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date.

“Some people come into our lives,

Leave footprints on our hearts

And we are never the same”.


We love you forever and ever, dearest Mum. A beautiful life -well-lived.

Service Information

A private family service was held.