Gladys Mary Ruggles
Gladys Mary Ruggles
Burial Information
Burial Location
Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Gladys Mary Ruggles passed away on January 28, 2024 at the Green Meadows Community Residence for Seniors in North Grant, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia at age 92.

Gladys was born in Kettering, England to Walter and Alice Bugby. She was always adventurous and left her home and small town at age 16 to live and work in a private maternity home. Later she met the love of her life, Robert Ruggles. In 1952, she followed him to Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Canada, where they were married in 1957. She worked as a secretarial administrator until she started her family in 1961. She had many fond memories of her family, friends, and home in Thunder Bay.

Gladys was British to the core and had a great sense of duty, honour, and philanthropy.  She had a life-long interest in opera, gardening, and crafting, particularly knitting, crocheting, and tatting.  In 2009, after her husband passed away, she moved to Antigonish to be closer to her daughter Lesley who provided her with loving care.

She was predeceased by her parents, siblings Hilda (Australia), Walter (England), Frederick (England), Richard (England), and her husband of 52 years, Robert (Thunder Bay).

She is survived by her children, Dr Lesley Ann Ruggles (Raymond Hegarty) Antigonish and Alan Martin Ruggles (Natalie) BC, as well as nieces and nephews in Canada, England, and Australia. She was particularly close to Jamie Ruggles (Joyce), David Ruggles (LouAnn) and great nieces Brittany Ruggles and Lindsay Staal (Marc), all of Thunder Bay.

Gladys's family would like to thank her caregivers and many friends who supported Gladys and her family in her final years. Cremation has taken place, and she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Robert, in Thunder Bay in a private service in the summer.

Donations in memory can be made to Hope For Wildlife, NS or to a charity of your choice. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish.  Online condolences:



Gladys Mary Ruggles