CHARLOTTE ANNE RUTHERFORD (WADUCK)
JULY 7, 1945 - JANUARY 4, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Charlotte. Charlotte was wife and best friend. To her husband Allan for over 34 years. She was a loving Mother to her daughter Sheila (Joe) and her sons Michael (Kim) and Will (Robin). She was also step mother to Jenn, Jessie (Greg) and Cathy (Aaron). Charlotte was Grandmother to Amanda, Brandon, Dennis, Maddy, Gabby, Sam, Maxie, Adie, Roxie, Ceilidh, Madeleine, and Cait. She was also a loving Great grandmother to Amanda’s two rambunctious boys, Austin and Owen. Charlotte cherished her time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren where ever they lived: Oshawa, Newmarket, Bowmanville, Pefferlaw, and Squamish BC.
In the eyes of her many friends she was warm, welcoming, kind, generous and thoughtful, and she also liked to have fun. She was an active member of the Red Hats in Elliot Lake ON, and had been very active in the Anglican Church in Blackstock ON and New Germany NS. She was a choir member in both churches for many years. Charlotte was an avid hiker and snowshoer with the Coureurs de Bois hiking club in Elliot Lake.
During her years with the church in Ontario and Nova Scotia you would always find her working in the kitchen for a church dinner, lunch or for several years, Dinner Theatre. She and Al managed ticket sales for the dinner theatre in New Germany.
Charlotte was always up for adventures. An exceptional seamstress and with an eye for details, Charlotte was a natural purveyor of fine decor. Over the last 13 years, together Charlotte and Al spent several weeks in New Zealand working on a Russian ship sewing curtains and doing upholstery only to head off to Argentina on the same ship to endure a storm, a ship without power and the very real threat of abandoning ship 500 nautical miles east of New Zealand. The adventures continued as she and Al spent seven weeks in Ushuaia, Argentina helping to care for Ceilidh and Madeleine who were six and three at the time and again aboard ship for two voyages to Antarctica. She was not Impressed with the “Drake Shake” but endured those 30 foot waves several times. What an adventure! Undaunted, together Charlotte and Al boarded the Akademik Sergey Vavilov in St. John’s Newfoundland alongside 50 Russian sailors for a 12,000 km voyage to Ushuaia and then on to The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica, all the while sewing and seamstressing her way across the oceans.
Out of personal interest, Charlotte and Al travelled Canada coast to coast. Many trips back and forth from Nova Scotia to Ontario and often extending the trip to include favourite places such as Quebec City and the Gaspe Penninsula. Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine were also on their list.
Charlotte and Al were married on October 2nd, 1987 in Blackstock ON. They worked tirelessly building a new home in Clarington on Grasshopper Park Road. After 13 years they followed their hearts and moved to New Germany NS where they lived for nine years and then moved to Elliot Lake ON. Their last moved found them in Squamish BC with family.
Sadly, amongst a variety of other complex medical needs, Charlotte was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2019 and was on the waiting list for Hilltop House here in Squamish. During this time, prior to becoming a resident, she was able to attend Activity Days and true to form kept busy helping others and talking with residents and making friends. That is who she always was and remained until her final days. She was admitted to Hilltop House on May 16th 2020 and was a vibrant addition to the residential community. She passed away on January 4th, 2022 peacefully in her room with Al by her side.