Ringer, Lilas Malcolm (née Robertson)

Ringer, Lilas Malcolm (née Robertson)

August 6th, 2021

Passed away peacefully on Friday, August 6, 2021, at the age of 97, with her devoted friend, Lenie Vandeloo, by her side. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 75 years, James “Jim” Ringer. 

Lilas was the loving mother of Janet Barbara Truesdale (David, deceased), of Charleston, Illinois and Judith Ann “Judi” Farrelly (Steve), of New Orleans, LA. She was the proud grandmother of Erin Gillespie (Matt), Jim Truesdale (Teresa) and Kirk Farrelly (April). She was the great-grandmother of Madison and Jacob Gillespie, Lily Truesdale, and Easton and Patrick Farrelly. 

Lilas was born in Dundee, Scotland on April 5, 1924, to Agnes Scott Robertson and Alexander Bissett Robertson. The family moved to Hamilton, Ontario when Lilas was very young. Lilas met Jim when she was 12 years old and they were married on February 23, 1946. They lived in Hamilton and then moved to Waterdown, Ontario after Jim built a house there. They lived there until 1965, when the family moved to Lima, Peru, South America. They returned to London, Ontario in 1970.

Lilas enjoyed baking, cooking, entertaining, attending concerts and plays, and playing golf and bridge. She loved socializing and exercising with her friends. Lilas and Jim travelled to many parts of the world together and spent many winters in Florida as “Snow Birds.” 

The family would like to thank their close friends, Lenie and Tony Vandeloo, who have taken such wonderful care of Lilas and Jim for these past years, filling in for family who weren’t able to visit due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thanks also to Lilas’s swimming buddies for their visits to her in the nursing home. Cremation has taken place.


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Linda Maw (nee Coppin)Janet, Judi and families Thankfully Lenie informed me today of your Mom's passing. My condolences to you all on this passing of a very remarkable lady and her just as wonderful husband. Although over the years we have been in contact, usually to do with Jim's Uncle Sam and Aunt Lillian Ringer, it has been in the last twenty -twenty five years that the connection has been strengthened, especially when I served in south western Ontario in the early 2000s. My husband David and I visited and a couple of times I stayed with them attending conferences in London. Email has kept us connected and I was delighted to participate in their 70th Anniversary party and meet Jim and Teresa and all their wonderful friends from Hamilton days as well as London. Your Mom and Dad were a delight to visit, always interested in everyone's lives, wonderful storytellers, great sense of humour, and so hospitable and welcoming. They were so proud of you and your families and your accomplishments - in later years excited about the arrival of the great grandchildren. As a couple they were truly each other's helpmates and soulmates through the ups an downs of life and luckily were together over so many healthy years. I am glad to think of them back together. Again, our sympathy to you all as well as Lenie and Tony and the very supportive London friends. They will be missed and remembered with love. Linda
Sylvia McDougallMy condolences to the family of this amazing lady. She was a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed.
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