Thomson Funeral Home



21 March, 191714 March, 2021

"She leaves behind a legacy of honesty, gentile dignity and generosity."

“Gail” Carruthers, a centenarian, passed peacefully at her home, one week shy of her 104th birthday.

Gail was born in the family home in Lord Roberts, the daughter of Stella (Abbey) and Perry Carruthers. Filled with the love of a family of five children, this house that would be her home for most of her life. Growing up in Winnipeg, Gail attended Lord Roberts School and Kelvin High School before going to University of Manitoba, where she graduated in 1938 with a degree in Home Economics.

After working a couple of years for the provincial government teaching homemaking in small towns in Manitoba, Gail moved to Hamilton where she worked as a nutritionist in food services at McMaster University until her retirement. She had a reputation among friends and family of being a great hostess, with a knack for presenting and preparing wonderful meals.

Her love of music was evident where ever she went, from playing the violin in one of the first Western Canada Youth Orchestras while attending Kelvin High School, to singing in the Senior’s Glee Club, part of the Golden Rule Seniors at the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre. Often, during visits with friends, she would start singing, just for the love it.

Gail was predeceased by her parents, Perry and Stella Carruthers, her sisters Carlie, Margaret and Geraldine, and her brother Donald, a WWII casualty. She leaves to mourn a niece, Lynne Hughes of Pointe Claire Quebec and a nephew, Donald Hughes of North Bay ON. She will be lovingly remembered by her dear friends, the De Pape family. She leaves behind a legacy of honesty, gentile dignity and generosity.

Sincere thanks go to the caring staff of Shaftsbury Park Retirement Residence.

At Gail’s request, there will be no funeral or remembrance service. Internment is to take place at the family plot in Painesville, Ohio.


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Doug & Margo Phillips

23 March 2021

I am deeply saddened to hear of Gail's passing. She was a fine lady and a lady of great strength and knowledge. Gail, Carlie and their mother were friends of our family for many decades. Gail later became a dear friend of mine. I made a point of visiting her every time I travelled from Calgary to Winnipeg, but unfortunately COVID-19 interrupted my trips in 2020.

My parents, Lillian and Ed Phillips came to know Gail through Carlie who worked at Eaton's. We visited the Carruthers family quite often and at Christmas they would put on a large spread for us. I have many fond memories of them from my childhood to introducing my young children to Gail and Carlie in the early 90's. As the years went by I visited Gail at the family home on Rathgar and finally at other residences.

On every visit Gail would tell me a new story about her life, one that would always amaze me with her and her family's exploits and her great, detailed, memory. We both attended the Kelvin High School reunion in May 2012. I only found out that she had attended the reception when I phoned her the next day to arrange a visit with her. She said she was "a little pooped from partying the night before, but I could see her in a couple of hours". Not bad for a lady of 95 at the time!

She will be missed by me and many others whose lives she touched. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family at this time of great loss. May she rest in peace.

Doug Phillips