PARKER, Ruth Adela Kennedy

Ruth Kennedy ParkerPARKER, Ruth Adela Kennedy – In her 94th year, on Saturday, April 2, 2011, after a short illness at Toronto General Hospital. She was born in Port Crewe, Ontario, on January 26, 1918, the daughter of Lloyd Harris Kennedy and Cora Olive Crewe. In April 1945, she married Herbert Moore Parker, with whom she shared fifty-nine years of love and friendship and global travels together, until his death in March of 2004. She is predeceased by her brothers, William Alexander Kennedy and Donald Lloyd Kennedy. She is deeply missed by her nieces, Anne Marie Reinhart; Patricia Kennedy, Phyllis Young, and Ellen Kennedy, and by her nephew Donald Kennedy, and by their families, all of whom loved her dearly and greatly enjoyed her wit and vitality and enthusiasm for life. Ruth was a wonderful conversationalist, with many insights on current events and well formed opinions on many subjects. She was a delightful dinner companion, and a formidable bridge player. She was very fond of cats, and in her later years became recognized worldwide as an expert on feline qualities, serving as a judge at cat shows all across North America and in Europe and Australia. A resident of Mississauga for 55 years, she leaves behind many friends from a long life well lived. A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen-on-the-Hill (998 Indian Rd., Mississauga) on Monday, April 11th at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Princess Margaret Hospital or to a local cancer society.

7 replies
  1. Nancy Grandison
    Nancy Grandison says:

    It was a privilege to know Ruth as a member of Seneca Cat Fanciers. I was very new to CFA when the Annual was in Toronto many years ago & learned a lot with all the work our club did to host the event. Many meetings were spend with Ruth & Herb having dinner & talking cats. She was a devoted Siamese breeder & cat lover as well as an excellent Judge. You are missed.

  2. Marg & Neil Baird
    Marg & Neil Baird says:

    We met Ruth when we first started showing cats and we put on many shows and an Annual together. She was an honest judge, a great representative of CFA, a real lady and a cherished friend. Safe Journey Ruth, say Hey to Herb!

  3. Deborah & Clinton Parker
    Deborah & Clinton Parker says:

    Our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ruth. We knew her from her cat show judging, having had the honor of showing under her experienced eye and gentle handling. Her enjoyment while judging the cats was obvious, and she will be missed. Godspeed Ruth…bless you and your family.

  4. Lori McClain
    Lori McClain says:

    To the family and friends of Ruth, my deepest sympathies. I knew her through her judging of CFA cat shows. She was knowledgeable, competent, gentle, not afraid of giving a quiet chastisement when needed and most memorable of all, Ruth was a lady.

  5. Toronto General Hospital, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit
    Toronto General Hospital, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit says:

    We had the priviledge of caring for Ruth immediately post operatively. Ruth’s vitality, wit and patience were formidable during our time with her. For one who stayed so briefly in our care- Ruth made a large impression. Our condolences go out to family and friends.

  6. Jerry Hamza
    Jerry Hamza says:

    I had the honor of showing under Ruth several times and hiring her once. She was a credit to CFA. Her gentle nature translated so well in the ring. To Ruth’s family please accept my deepest sympathy.

    Jerold Hamza
    CFA president

  7. Lois Jensen
    Lois Jensen says:

    A long time admirer and friend of Ruth and her late husband, Herbie, as we called him. They were so cute together. We have missed Ruth behind the judging table and know she has gone on to better things. Lois Jensen


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