Olive Elizabeth Barbara Ryckman (nee Rutherdale)
January 9, 1929 – September 3, 2021
Passed away peacefully on Friday, September 3rd at the age of 92
Olive (Ollie), daughter of the late Reverend Robert Thomas Rutherdale and Elizabeth Rutherdale was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on January 9, 1929. After emigrating to Canada at the age of three with her parents and two brothers, she attended schools in Alvinston and Port Colborne, Ontario, graduating with a degree in languages from the University of Toronto. Ollie started her working life in the catalogue department of The Robert Simpson Company, followed by a six-year long, part-time voluntary position as an editor with The Canadian Jewish News, and culminating in a career as a primary teacher with the Scarborough Board of Education, a position she held for many years while raising her two daughters.
Predeceased by her parents and brothers Dr. John Rutherdale and Gordon Rutherdale, Ollie leaves behind her daughters, Andrée Karen and Elizabeth Renée, her sons-in-law, Murray Shore and Ron Hill, and her beloved grandchildren, Lucas, Gabriel and Sedona. She will be sadly missed by her dear sister and best friend Mary Alexandra Jean, and her nephews David, Darren (Joni), the late Dr. Robert (Bob) Rutherdale, John (Elona), Tom, (Thanh) William (Diana) and niece Joan (Jose).
Ollie was a founding member and Elder Emeritus of St. Stephens Presbyterian Church, Scarborough, gaining many cherished friendships over the years and living life to its fullest while travelling, volunteering, reading with her book club group, never missing an episode of Jeopardy or cheering on the Blue Jays. Her happiest times were spent with her family, enjoying Sunday dinners, birthday celebrations, and cooking the turkey for a big Christmas dinner.
Ollie loved her family and friends, will be deeply missed but remembered for her strength, grace, loyalty, generosity of spirit, and a willingness to help and show compassion for others. Her memory and spirit are alive in us all.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Olive’s name to the University of Toronto .
Due to COVID restrictions, a private family burial will be held on October 23rd, with internment in the family site at Greenwood Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario.