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Norbert (Herb) Joseph James Ruth

March 22, 1947 ~ May 24, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old


Norbert (Herb) Joseph James Ruth

March 22, 1947 - May 24, 2023

Norbert (Herb) Joseph James Ruth of Wetaskiwin, Alberta formally of Hepworth, Ontario passed away on the morning of May 24th, at the age of 76 years, after a long illness.

Norbert is survived by his wife Patricia Ruth and his five children, Vincent Ruth, Vanessa Ruth, Matthew Ruth, David Schult, and Diarmid Hanna and his 5 grandchildren. 

Norbert is also survived by his siblings, Ed, Mike (Janet), Jim (Joan), Jeanne, Mary-Jo (Murray), Helen (Vic), Peter (Charlotte), Frank (Linda) and as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Edwin and Mary Ruth, brother George and sisters Doreen, Cathy, Ann and Teresa.

He married Patricia on May 23, 1975, and got his first job as a musician when he was 17 playing in a hotel. He then worked at Heintzman Pianos in Hanover, Ontario. In 1978 his first album, King of the Keyboard, featuring his favourite ragtime music was released followed by two more albums in 1987 and 1992. In 1988, his family relocated to Alberta where he ran his Repair & Tuning company until his retirement.

Norbert was an avid reader and master cribbage player and, from time to time, still entertained family and friends with his love of playing piano.

A Memorial Service will be held on June 28th from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at Spring Creek Farm (562 Spring Creek Road, South Bruce Peninsula, Hepworth, Ontario)

If desired, memorial donations are greatly appreciated and gratefully accepted by the Hepworth Shallow Lake Legion Branch 586.

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Memorial Gathering
June 28, 2023

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Spring Creek Farm
562 Spring Creek Road South Bruce Peninsula
Hepworth, ON N0H 1P0


Hepworth Shallow Lake Legion Branch 586
9 Legion Road, Hepworth ON N0H 1P0
Tel: 1-519-935-2902


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