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Ruth L. Hood Horlick, S.O.M.
Born September 25, 1919 in Toronto and raised in Gananoque, Ontario, died February 21, 2015, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Ruth was the eldest child of Garfield G. Hood and Caroline M. Hood, and elder sister to George M. Hood and John E. Hood, all of whom predeceased her. Ruth's husband, Louis Horlick, O.C., S.O.M. died in Saskatoon on October 23, 2012. Ruth is survived by her four sons, their wives and children: Jonathan and his wife Kathi; Andrew and his wife Anne and their children, Sarah, Sam, Simon and Jay; Allan and his former wife Anna, and their children, Leah and Nicholas; and Simon and his wife Margo, and their children, Zoe and Abby.
Ruth grew up in the heart of the Canadian Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River and the experiences and friendships acquired there shaped her life. Ruth earned a BA in French, English and Politics from Queen's University in 1941. Known as "Steamer Hood" for her strong skating skills honed on the frozen St. Lawrence, Ruth was a defensive stalwart on the 1939 Queen's women's hockey team, wrote for the Queen's Journal campus newspaper, was President of the Levana Society and received the Queen's Tricolour Award for her involvement in university activities. After graduation from Queen's, Ruth worked in Ottawa for the Bank of Canada and then entered the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing in 1944 graduating with her R.N. in 1947. Pursuing her interest in psychiatric nursing, Ruth worked at the Colorado Psychopathic Institute from 1947-49 and at Chestnut Lodge near Washington D.C. from 1949-52.
Ruth married Dr. Louis Horlick in 1952 in Montreal, Quebec. Their upbringing and family circumstances could not have been more different, yet they enjoyed 60 years of happy marriage. In 1954, Ruth and Louis left Montreal for Saskatoon, where Louis joined the new Medical College at the University of Saskatchewan. Except for sabbatical years spent with Louis and the boys at the National Institute of Health in Washington D.C. in 1962 and Stanford University in 1976, and medical volunteer stints with Louis in Kabul, Afghanistan, Chiang Mai, Thailand and Taiwan, Ruth resided in Saskatoon.
Ruth viewed each summer's five day journey in the station wagon from Saskatoon to the Hood family cottage in Gananoque as an opportunity to teach her family about Canadian history, insisting on a stop at every historical marker on the south side of the highway going east and on the north side of the highway on the 5 day return trip going west. Camping along the way, at least once at every campsite from Saskatoon to Kingston, Ontario, she taught the boys and Louis to "have a sense of adventure".
Ruth was a committed community volunteer. In 1957, she became the first President of the Saskatoon Symphony Volunteers, created to raise funds and other support for the Saskatoon Symphony. Throughout her life in Saskatoon, Ruth supported the art, drama and music communities in Saskatoon. In the early 1960s Ruth was instrumental in the establishment of the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. Ruth pursued her interest in assisting individuals with psychiatric problems by volunteering as a tutor at the Regional Psychiatric Centre, as a board member of the Crocus Co-op (a support group for former psychiatric patients), and as a board member of the Saskatoon Housing Coalition for psychiatric patients. From 1978-85, Ruth worked with patients being treated for psychiatric illness at the McKerracher psychiatric day-care centre. She led a daily group session for patients with thought disorders, with the aim of increasing each patient's self- confidence. Ruth also served as a board member of the Meewasin Foundation.
Always modest about her contributions in aid of others, Ruth was recognized for her many volunteer efforts: 1988 Canada Volunteer Award; 1989 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award; 1990 Correctional Service of Canada Volunteer Award; 1992 Canada Confederation Medal; and in 2000, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.
A Celebration of Ruth's Life will be held at the Saskatoon Funeral Home on Saturday February 28, 2015 at 3 P.M., followed by a reception at the Edwards Family Centre.
In remembrance of Ruth, a donation to Crocus Co-op, a non-profit organization working on behalf of people with mental health disorders, 135 Ave. B, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 1M2,, is gratefully acknowledged by the boys. Condolences may be sent to Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home 306-244-5577

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Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2015.
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September 24, 2015
To my mom,
This September 25th, 2015 will be the first time that you will not be present to celebrate your birthday. You are greatly, greatly missed and please know that we appreciate everything that you did for all of us as a family. You were and are well loved. Jonathan, Andrew, Allan and Simon
Allan Horlick
March 27, 2015
Ruth was the warmest, most caring person I have ever known. Behind the scenes she was always taking food to some person in need or coming to the hospital to arrange their flowers while she visited.Ruth is a great loss to all of us.
Don Ebert
March 4, 2015
I only heard of Ruth's death today.It doesn't seem true. She was so necessary to Saskatoon's community..especially the Arts. She loved making connections between people in the Arts as she did with me when my family arrived in Saskatoon in'73. As well as being an enthusiastic patron of the arts she was a warm,energetic,optimistic realist. We were blessed to have her with us.
Marie "Elyse" St.George
March 2, 2015
I first met Ruth when I was teaching psychiatric mental health nursing for the College of Nursing in 1984. I had the pleasure of attending one of her therapy groups on 5DE. Over the years, my connections with her were many. She got me involved as a volunteer with the Crisis Nursery, I saw her many times at the Regional Psychiatric Centre, and when she and Lou moved out of the house on Elliot I was the recipient of many of her books. It was an honour to have known her, and a privilege to attend the celebration of her life. Her memoires are truly a gift to your family. My thoughts are with all of you.
Cindy Peternelj-Taylor
Cindy Peternelj-Taylor
March 2, 2015
To the Horlicks all

First of all, it was a wonderful Memorial, Ruth would have been proud of all of you.

My memories of Ruth and Lou are many, so I mention but a few. The first one is from the late sixties,when we brought three Inuit boys to the city from the north so they could attend High School. After meeting them and hearing the story, Ruth bought suits for them, to help them fit in to city life.
When I was full time in the north,one of the highlights of my summer visits to the south (Saskatoon) was a visit or two with Ruth and Lou when he was free and sometimes other members of the family. They always wanted to hear my news and views of life in the north and also about my Saskatchewan farming and Ontario relatives, and in turn I heard of their many interesting trips and of their pride in their children and grandchildren.
The next story, not my memory, is one that I did not witness but was told about. One of the things mentioned at the memorial was how Ruth and Lou bumped into acquaintances on trips and this was one example. John Weil and his wife Andy were on a boat off the coast of Florida, as coincidentally, were Ruth and Lou. John was getting back in the boat when Ruth looking at him, called Lou's attention to the way he looked. Dr. Horlick took over and saw that John got to a hospital for life-saving bypass surgery.

Ruth and Lou were a great example of a happy marriage and of two people who helped to make the world a better place.
They are both a great loss to their family, friends and Saskatoon.
Jean Williamson
March 1, 2015
When I first came to Saskatoon, Ruth befriended me with her signature candour and warmth. I always looked forward to seeing her -- her kindness and genuine interest in people made her a treasure for so many of us who were fortunate enough to know her. Ruth was a remarkable person! My sincerest condolences to you all...
Megan Broner
February 28, 2015
My condolensces to the family on Ruth's passing. While it has been a long time since I saw her last, I remember her as a kind and generous woman as well as a good friend to the Merriman family. We were very thankful for her hosting our rehearsal dinner since my parents had moved to the U.S. and weren't able to. May your memories give you comfort.
Peter Merriman
February 28, 2015
To all of you ... that was such a nice tribute for your mom and it was such a privilege to be one of her friends and she was a good friend to Tom's mom in time of need! As I said in our card, so many memories ... hugs and warm wishes to enjoy your parents'memories! Take Care!
Jenny and Tom
February 27, 2015
Our sincere condolences to Ruth's family and friends. We met Ruth and Lou when we took a tour with them to India. After that we kept in contact with them, as our family lives in Saskatoon. Ruth was the oldest in the India tour and Diane was the youngest. For some reason, the four of us connected with each other. Our backgrounds were so different, yet there was a feeling of family when we first met them. A fond memory of Ruth is when she purchased a lapis lazuli necklace. She quickly discovered that the necklace was not real - the color came off on her neck! Instead of hiding the fact that she purchased something that was a fraud, she showed us the necklace and taught us what to look for when purchasing this type of jewelery. She was such a caring lady. A loss to so many people, but a person that will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
Diane & Glenn Ludwig
February 27, 2015
To Allen and family. I am sorry for your loss. Your mother was one of the most gracious people that I have had the privilege to care for. Thank you. May God comfort you at this time and bring back memories of all the good times you had over the years. Blessings.
Heather Derdall
February 27, 2015
I knew Ruth was a kind and gentle woman from the moment I met her. I may not have known her in her prime years but I can really tell that she has made an impact on a lot of people and she has also made one on me. Her gentleness is something unique to people who have lived full and meaningful lives.
Edward Allen Siady
February 27, 2015
To the Horlick sons and their families I offer my condolences. Your mother and grandmother was my foremost mentor and teacher in the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation. Her capacity to engage and communicate with people with profound mental illness was and is an inspiration. I feel I am but one of a huge silent crowd saying thanks. The commemorative gifts resonate deeply with all of us dedicated to this promise we call Crocus Co-op. Thank you Ruth & family.
Cleeve Briere
February 27, 2015
Ruth was our neighbour when we lived in Saskatoon; she introduced us to many future friends (as well their life stories!). In fact,Ruth knew people all over the world. When she heard our son was travelling through Hohot, China, she wanted to connect him to a friend of hers. We will miss her warmth, her sense of humour, and her genuine love of people..
Sandy and Bob Easterbrook/Griebel
February 26, 2015
Thank you, Allen and Anna, for helping her to attend my mother's funeral last summer. It meant much to me and my siblings. She was a strong and kind supporter of young girls who, like me in the day, were desperate for the affirmation of an adult woman. She and Dr. Horlick were close friends of my parents and of my parents' children and their children. I always wondered what we had done to deserve such people in our lives. They, you, and that wonderful house on Elliott Street are in my heart. Her legacy of love for people, art and beauty is a powerful one.

Love and all good wishes to all of you from your childhood babysitter Anne(Richards)and Archie McGillivray.
February 26, 2015
Ron and I were so very sorry to hear about Ruth' passing. She was one of the most faithful supporters of Meewasin's Plant a Tree program and gave trees and shrubs to her many friends and relatives. She remained alert and interested n the world the last time I saw her last summer. We will miss her.
Susan Lamb
February 25, 2015
What can a person say at this time of loss? Your mother was very sportive of my fathers art from the time he started at the University of Sask, your mother always asked about me when she saw my father, always had a smile and a genuine concern for our family, what a brilliant star your mother was

And what a powerful supporter of the arts and humanity!!!!
Klee Rogers
February 25, 2015
She was an amazing woman. An inspiration to me while growing up as she always talked to me as a 'real' person and not a child. A continued inspiration as an adult with her constant curiosity and interest in the world and all of its gifts, and as a person who could make so many lateral connections even in recent years. We will think of you and Lou at Helliwell, at the Coop and during the Hornby summers. And miss your energy for life. My condolences to you all - Jonathan, Andrew, Alan and Simon and families.
Karen Gelmon, Vancouver
February 25, 2015
Dear Horlick Family
We knew your Mother to be the most gracious lady that would spend time with us in great discussion over Simon and Todd's hockey and our son Jon's music career.. Your parents were constant supporters of Jon's music and rarely missed a concert. How we shall miss both of them.
Anne and Fred Ballantyne and Family
Anne Ballantyne
February 25, 2015
Ruth was such an inspiration for me, a wonderful wonderful woman.I will carry her in my heart and miss her dearly.
Bonny Houston
February 24, 2015
Mrs. Horlick was very special to me. My Love, goes out to the family. I grew up in the same neighborhood with her son's.She was our hockey mom. I remember 12 of us piling out of that station wagon, equipment and all to go to a game. She was a second mom to all of us. Her influence to pursue your passion in life, and her support no matter the obstacles life handed you will resonate in my life forever. A tear and a smile, you will be in my heart for life. Thank you.

& Thank Mrs. Horlick for being a strong woman....Marilyn....She always asked about our 4 children & loved telling me about her grandchildren...& I knew she was so proud of all of her family!!! Each & everyone of them!!! & many others she cared about!!!
She just was LOVE !!!
michael hosaluk
February 24, 2015
I was first was introduced to Ruth in January 1961 and was fortunate to be influenced by her for many years following. She was a wonderful woman whose memory I will cherish. My condolences to her family at her loss.
Vi Glossop, Victoria, BC
Vi Glossop
February 24, 2015
To all of Ruth's family. I knew your father amd mother from the time they moved to Saskatoon. They both contributed so very much to the professional and artistic life of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and indeed Canada.
Ruth had a long and beautiful life, may she RIP, her work here is done.
Your are fortunate to have had these parents.
Delia Johnston
February 24, 2015
It's hard to believe that I will never be able to run into Ruth at the symphony, to hug her and tell her how beautiful she was! So, so sorry...
Ella Wiernicka
February 24, 2015
The page of the SSO 50th Anniversary book by M.Leeper
Ella Wiernicka
February 24, 2015
Ruth, the first President of the Women's Committee of the Saskatoon Symphony Society, 1957-1959
Ella Wiernicka
February 24, 2015
To Allan and family, there are no words to express your loss but take comfort in knowing that your mother touched the lives of so many people. As one of her caregivers, I thank you for opening your lives and home to me. I have fond memories of my "Days with Ruth" and the knowledge and stories that she shared with me. Her generosity and quick wit were a shining example of her true spirit. Take care of each other during this time.
Lisa Woodard
February 24, 2015
We are sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. She was always an inspiration to others. We remember her for her warm hospitality when we came to Saskatoon in 1967 for Jim to do an Internal Medicine Residency. Ruth made us feel welcome and cared about. Though contact with Ruth was minimal as time went by she remained a model to us of warmth and hospitality and influenced how we have tried to provide that for others. She was a great lady and will be missed. Donna and Jim fenton
Donna and Jim Fenton
February 24, 2015
I worked with Ruth for many years, first when she facilitated the Activity Group on the Paych Ward and later when she facilitated groups at McKercher. I learned a lot from her both professionally and personally. She was always interested in my family and very supportive. A great woman who lived her life to the fullest. Norma Hinds, Nanaimo, BC
February 24, 2015
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Allan, may she rest in peace
Alice Stacey-
Saskatoon Choral
February 24, 2015
To the Horlick family - what a wonderful woman - it was such an honor to have known her and your father for many years and I am saddened knowing that we won't see her always smiling and enjoying the moment. Blessings to you all. Daphne
Daphne Tkachuk
February 23, 2015
To the Horlick Boys,
We are very saddened to hear about your mother. We have many happy memories of all our family get togethers as we were growing up. Treasure all your memories.
Sheila and Kerry Morgan and family(Coleman)
Sheila Morgan
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