Death of Former NRPF Officer (Cst) Richard Ruthven

With family at his side Richard Harold Ruthven peacefully passed away at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington on October 25, 2022, in his 74th year. Rick was predeceased by his wife Susan (March 2, 2022) and his parents Norma (Cox) Ruthven (1980) and William Ruthven (1983). Rick is survived by his daughter Tanya Ruthven (Brandyn), sons Kevin Ruthven (Kirsten) and Jonathan Ruthven, and his grandchildren Ethan, Kennedy, Griffin, and Phoenix. Rick was born in Huntsville, Ontario, on February 27, 1949. He grew up in Huntsville and several cities where his military father was posted, including in Germany, Virginia USA, and North Bay, ON. He met and married his first wife Nancy (Brown) in 1972 and he became a Niagara Regional Police Officer in St. Catharines. He joined the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band when it formed, and he enjoyed touring with them for some years. Later, Rick relocated to Burlington where he and Susan raised their daughter. Rick worked in the fashion industry for many years and later for Rondo Canada, and ATM Canada. He also maintained a rural paper delivery service for many years. Rick was one of the founding members of an online gaming group in the late 90’s with members throughout the US and Canada which continues to meet online most mornings. A special thank you to Dave and Karen Webb for their care and assistance in recent months. As per Rick’s wishes there will be no service, but a private interment will see Rick and Susan laid to rest in the Burlington Memorial Gardens at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home. If desired, a memorial donation to a local Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.

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