SHEA, Ruby May


The family of Ruby May Shea, 77, of Hebbs Cross and formerly of London, ON, are very sad to announce her passing on September 23, 2022. Born April 9, 1945, she was the daughter of James “Churchill” Tufts and Elsie May (Cross) Tufts.

Ruby is survived by her daughter Natasha Shea, Hebbs Cross; sisters Rose Keddy, Mahone Bay; Rrene Lewis, Bridgewater; brothers Roger and Randolph Tufts, Auburn; and Lincoln (Kim) Tufts, Lawrencetown; and many nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by the household kitties, especially her cat Adelaide.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Ronald Shea; brothers Ronald and Russell.

Born in Middleton, NS, her life took her from Nova Scotia to Ontario and back home again to Nova Scotia. As the oldest girl in her family, she helped take care of her younger siblings, then worked outside the home in childcare, until she married and started her family in Shubenacadie. Later she returned to the workforce as a care giver, while also working to obtain her high school diploma. She volunteered in various organizations over the years, such as the London Coffee House, where she spent many hours playing her favourite card game, “13”. She loved making and sharing crafts, and holding dinners for her friends. Christmas was her favourite time of year; she never held back on decorating; and it didn’t matter what month it was, she was always happy to watch a Christmas movie.

Ruby loved being around people. It didn’t matter who you were or what your background was, she had a smile for you and was happy to call you friend. She loved music (she was an avid Johnny Cash fan) and social gatherings, as well as evening bonfires at home. She recently discovered the Flourish 55+ Club, which she absolutely loved, and always looked forward to listening to music there and being with her new friends. She also loved animals and children, and gleefully welcomed the chance to cuddle either when the chance was presented.

Ruby survived three rounds against cancer in her life, and later battled Alzheimer’s as well, but in the end, sadly, she lost her final fight with cancer.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 16, at 2 p.m. at the Flourish Centre 55+, 678 Lahave St, Bridgewater.

Donations in Ruby’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Alzheimer’s Society, the Flourish 55+ Club, or SHAID. On-line condolences may be made by visiting

Loved in life, and living yet, In the hearts of those who never forget.

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