Marilynn Ruth Hildreth
As the only child of a mother and father who left home for work each morning, five days a week, my wife, Marilynn, began living a latch key existence at a very early age and was given the responsibility of returning home directly from school to do household duties pending the return of her parents. Her childhood was therefore less than ideal, so it is not surprising she married, at a young age, a young man who adored her and treated her as his most precious possession. Two children, were born of their love, a daughter, Lorraine, and a son, Ronald, who were cared for and raised by Marilynn, after the sudden untimely death of their father. As time passed, the children moved out to carry on their own lives and Marilynn and her mother Ruby, who was now a widow, decided to sell the family house and moved to a condominium.
Ruby was becoming more and more arthritic. She needed constant care which Marilynn gave her daily. Marilynn also did all the housework and drove Ruby to doctor's appointments, shopping, etc. and she herself was having considerable trouble with arthritis. It was at this point in her life we met.
We married and Marilynn gave me twelve of the best years of my life. Sadly, she passed away on October 7th, 2001 of an infection she caught while in hospital with a very minor ailment. It was an enormous blow to me. I am still trying to recover. She will always live in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have met her.
Marilynn had joined the Westhill Lions Club, which consisted of males, who are called "Lions", and their female companions, who are called "Lionesses," the wives, daughters or friends who take care of duties involved in setting up the monthly meetings, such as food, drinks, table linens, etc. Marilynn had a strong desire to have a part in the club's proceedings, which at that time, was handled by Lions, not Lionesses. One of the male Lions, Harry Fontana, sponsored her during the election of officers, and in the year 2001, she was inducted into office, and so became Ontario's first Lady Lion, something which made her very happy.
Marilynn was a great animal lover, and we are shown here with her son's cockatiel, "Rickey".
As the survivor of our union, I have had the good fortune to meet with Mr. O'Sullivan, the Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada to which Marilynn made a donation in her Will. He has arranged a tree to be planted in their tropical rainforest reserve in Marilynn's memory.
Sincerely, Robert Hildreth.
Robert Hildreth : A Memorial
Born in Montreal in 1912, Robert Thomas Hildreth joined a somewhat unlucky generation: these people hit into the Depression just when many