I meet Ruth on a video shoot at Pier 21 earlier this year. She was gem. Kind, sweet, full of life and love. One of those rare people you meet you never forget. She told me she spends much of her time setting up friends and at her age the pickings are slim. Witty and charming. She was just a joy to be around.

Ruth was 88.

Ruth Goldbloom

Ruth Goldbloom (February 2012)

CBC – Ruth Goldbloom has died. She was 88-years-old and well known for a variety of causes in Nova Scotia, most notably for championing the Pier 21 museum.

Goldbloom had been fighting cancer.

She was born Ruth Schwartz in New Waterford, Cape Breton. Her grandparents were Russian immigrants.

She went to university at Mount Allison and McGill, married and began raising her family in Montreal. The Goldblooms moved to Halifax in 1967.

One of her early causes was volunteering at the IWK Children’s Hospital.

Goldbloom also chaired United Way Campaigns and Dalhousie University’s Annual Fund, among other appointments.

Goldbloom was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000. She has received at least six honorary degrees and numerous awards for her volunteer service.

Ruth Goldbloom: Philanthropist extraordinaire

Ruth Goldbloom, driving force behind Pier 21, dies at 88