Influential Nova Scotian Ruth Goldbloom Dies at 88
Ruth Goldbloom, known by friends and Nova Scotians as a very busy, friendly and gracious philanthropist, has died of cancer at the age of 88. Goldbloom wore many hats, as they say: she held six honorary degrees and was the co-founder and chair of the Pier 21 Society as well as a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia. And she loved to tap dance. “She’d bring her tap shoes to hundreds of functions and she’d be disappointed if somebody didn’t ask her to tap dance,” says friend Robbie Shaw. Goldbloom is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.