Ruby Gunraj

Ruby Angela Norma Gunraj

Friday, September 23rd, 1938 - Saturday, July 11th, 2020
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Sept 23, 1938 – July 11, 2020

My mother, Ruby Gunraj passed away after a very long and difficult illness. Her last several months were spent receiving care at home after hospitalization in Toronto. She was very grateful for all of the telephone calls and efforts by her family to show support.

Ruby grew up in British Guyana and as a young woman with children, she courageously left her country and moved to Canada in 1964. She did so because she felt strongly that life would be better for her family. She eventually moved to Toronto and went to work for the Government of Ontario. Ruby pursued her career in the Ontario Government for many years while taking college night classes. She eventually earned a certificate in accounting from Ryerson University and was very proud of her hard-won accomplishment.

Among the most important things for my mother was education, hard work, saving and a belief in Jesus and the Holy Faith. She instilled all of these things into her children. She was immensely proud of her children and their accomplishments but had really profound happiness with her three grandchildren. She lived to see all three of them graduate from University.

Ruby’s life was not all hard work. There was time for work friendships, talking to her very large extended family, gardening and most of all her love of music. My mother pursued her interest in music for many years. She took vocal lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music and sang in her church. Her solo career culminated in a Christmas concert delivered to the Premier of Ontario at Queen’s Park.

My mother was so many things. A task master, moral compass, avid gardener and musician. Most importantly she was a caring, hard-working parent who believed in her children.
I would like to thank the many doctors and nurses who cared for my mother throughout her very long and difficult illness. A special thanks must go to Jean, my wife and my son and daughters. Without their help and support we could not have managed this difficult time.

Sadly, there will be no Funeral Service due to COVID restrictions. My mother had so many friends and family members that would want to celebrate her life and mourn her passing. Instead there will be a celebration of life later this year when (hopefully) social restrictions are lifted and all of her siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends can attend.

Please make a donation to The Salvation Army in lieu of Flowers.
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Ruby is survived by her two sons Andrew and Steve. Stephen’s family include his wife Jean and their 3 children Gregory, who is married to Kimi. Ruby also has two granddaughters, Stephanie and Elizabeth.
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Donations are being accepted for: The Salvation Army - Belleville Ministries.


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Yvonne Bayne

Posted at 03:46pm
Ruby Angela Norma - a precious gem. Beautiful and colourful as the flowers you so lovingly tended. As sweet a person as the sound of your melodious voice. With a name like Angela and your beautiful voice, a member of God's angelic choir. Rest in peace dear cousin.

The Bayne Family

Cindy Muir

Posted at 08:38pm
To dear Steve, Andrew and your famililies, so sorry to hear of Aunt Norma's passing. Thinking of you at this difficult time. I found these pictures of mom and dad with your mom and had to share them with you. They were such happy days for all of them. I know mom and dad would like you to see them. Sincerely, Cindy.

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