Ruth Ellen Welham

Peacefully at Victoria General Hospital, Ruth died of cancer on April 23, 2012. Born in Dauphin, Manitoba July 30, 1919 to Rose Ellen (Barham) and James Alexander Barclay, Ruth moved to Victoria with her mother in 1937. She married John Welham (d. 1980) in 1941. She leaves her sons and their wives, David and Beverley (Barber) of Toronto, Jim and Jeannette (Leno) of Victoria; and grandsons, Geoff and his wife Janet (Collier), and Christopher. Residing in View Royal for 30 years, Ruth and John retired to Beecher Bay, where Ruth remained until her move to Colwood in 1989, then to Langford in 2000.

For 21 years, Ruth and John operated Pitt & Holt Plumbing & Heating. Ruth was a proud and dedicated member of Craigflower Women’s Institute, All Saints Ladies Guild, St. Mary’s Altar Guild, VGH Volunteers (gift shop and cart), Reach for Recovery (breast cancer), and Juan de Fuca Seniors including Canada Comforts.


Celebration of Life: Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Avenue, Colwood, BC, on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2PM, followed by reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.