Ruth Ward nee Massiah

It is with sadness that we announce her death on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at the age of 91. Ruth was amazingly determined and courageous and will forever be an inspiration.
Mother of Andrew Ward and the late Jennifer LaPlante. Grandmother of Jennifer Clarke and Melissa Hoad. Great Grandmother of Ava and Abby Clarke and Andrew and Ivy Hoad. She will be greatly missed by so many close friends and family in Barbados and overseas.
The memorial service for the late Hilda Ruth Ward Née Massiah will take place on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at St. James Parish Church where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Barbados Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated.
Please be aware that all COVID restrictions will be observed.

The event is finished.


Aug 19 2020


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 19 2020
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


St. James Parish Church
St. James Parish Church
St. James Parish Church, Highway 1, Folkestone, Barbados

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Russell Griffith
Russell Griffith
(246) 426-4170

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Gary van Hartogh Gary van Hartogh wrote on September 11, 2020 at 10:58 pm
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ruth. She was truly the matriarch of Sion Hill and I so enjoyed our conversations over the years. I had always hoped I would see her again, but it was not meant to be. I have many fond memories of Sion Hill. Andrew, you adopted me while I lived in Barbados, and invited me to the house on many occasions which continued with my family over the years. These memories I will never forget. Andrew, I think of you so often particularly now with the lose of your mom. It has been a blessed having known your family. My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Jen, and Mellisa. Sion Hill will always have a special place in my heart.
Wendy Redwood Wendy Redwood wrote on August 20, 2020 at 7:17 am
Sending sincere condolences from all our family here.. I will miss her unique character, long chats and visits, as you will too. Remembering the happy days and fun times we shared through the years. Her drive and determination was truly remarkable and and it was incredible what she achieved through her hard work Now Rest In Peace Ruth, your job was well done. Love to all.
Valerie Ward Valerie Ward wrote on August 19, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Andrew- Jenn- Melissa- Husbands and 4 little ones..
..With sorrow in my heart but great memories, and stories to repeat I hope we can find the strength to move on. Ruth /mum/ Gran/ Great Gran.... you are at peace now, so we too, will find ours in time. Rest In Peace.
Nancy Stenhouse & Maurizio Tacchi Nancy Stenhouse & Maurizio Tacchi wrote on August 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm
We met Ruth a short 7 years ago and enjoyed several visits here at The Chase in Mississauga and in Barbados. We had a visit at Sion Hill this winter catching up on life, events & more. We will miss the enjoyable company of this interesting lovely Lady.
We will remember.
Nancy Stenhouse & Maurizio Tacchi
Janet, Tom & Thea Sachade Janet, Tom & Thea Sachade wrote on August 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm
To Jennifer, Melissa and family, we send our deepest condolences to you. While I was not close with Gran for the short time that I spent with her I could see what a positive impact she made on so many of your lives. How fortunate for both you and her that she was able to experience one of the best gifts in life, the joy of not only grand children but great grandchildren. We hope you find comfort in knowing she is at peace with her daughter Jenn.

all our love
Teresa Palermo Teresa Palermo wrote on August 19, 2020 at 3:32 pm
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She will be missed.
Gina Ward Gill Gina Ward Gill wrote on August 19, 2020 at 3:05 pm
Our sympathies for the loss of Aunty Ruth.
Hilda Johnston Hilda Johnston wrote on August 19, 2020 at 11:31 am
My very deepest sympathy to the family for the loss of your loved one. May the happy memories you have of Ruth help you through this difficult time. She was a wonderful lady and I will miss her very much. RIP
Eduardo and Teresa Eduardo and Teresa wrote on August 19, 2020 at 9:13 am
Our Condolences to the famaly
Jen Massiah Jen Massiah wrote on August 19, 2020 at 5:32 am
Ruth was a remarkable woman with so much drive and determination and we are full of admiration for all she achieved during her long life. All her family in England send love and condolences to you all
CHARLOTTE WIDDIFIELD CHARLOTTE WIDDIFIELD wrote on August 18, 2020 at 11:01 am
Ruth was an awesome woman who lived life to the fullest.
I will miss you Ruth.
My condolences to her family.
Keith & Barbara Armstrong Keith & Barbara Armstrong wrote on August 18, 2020 at 10:59 am
To Jen and the rest of the family, our deepest sympathy in your loss. We knew her for so many years. She was such a nice lady. May she rest in peace.
Best wishes, Keith & Barbara
Bev Rutsch Bev Rutsch wrote on August 18, 2020 at 7:35 am
Ruth was a wonderful lady. I will always remember her love of Barbados and listening to her stories while out for a tour of the island. She was a wealth of knowledge.
Sending my condolences to the family.
Basil & Annette Jenson Basil & Annette Jenson wrote on August 17, 2020 at 10:19 pm
To Andrew, Jenn, Melissa & Family
to you all, we extend our very deepest sympathy. Treasure your memories of a beautiful & caring lady who will be long remembered.
Our love to all at this sad time.
Annette & Basil Jenson
Tom, Janet & Thea Sachade Tom, Janet & Thea Sachade wrote on August 17, 2020 at 10:07 pm
Our deepest condolences to the whole family. While I did not know Ruth for a long time she left a great impression on me and how important her family was to her. What a beautiful family she leaves behind and how fortunate for her to experience the joy of 4 beautiful great grand children. Thinking of you all and happy for her that she is with her husband and daughter once again.
Dr. Vince Sinclair Dr. Vince Sinclair wrote on August 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm
I always looked forward to Ruth's shared wisdom and spunk.
Never one to mince words, she spoke her mind, "an entitlement of ageing", she would say.
We have all been blessed to have known her.
Lloyd and Angela Hodgkinson Lloyd and Angela Hodgkinson wrote on August 17, 2020 at 9:06 am
Our love and prayers are with you all. She was a truly amazing lady!!
Anthony Christopher Edwin Davis-Tony Anthony Christopher Edwin Davis-Tony wrote on August 17, 2020 at 7:50 am
My very deepest sympathies to Andrew & all the family,,,May She Rest In Peace...One Sweet Heart Gone.
Mosie Wardle Mosie Wardle wrote on August 16, 2020 at 5:55 pm
To Andrew,Jen,Melissa and family,
Sending my sincerest Condolence to you all.
It is with great sorrow to learn of Ruth’s passing.
She was an incredible lady, nothing was ever too much, such a positive attitude ,loved her family and will always be remembered.RIP
Mosie Wardle
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