Obituary of Wang Ru Ding
DING, Wangru (丁望如）
Wangru passed away peacefully at the age of 86, on May 10, 2021 at Kingston General Hospital.
Beloved wife of 61 years to Xiangru Lu, and loving mother to Jiazhen (Wu) of London England, Jiabing (Lu) of Toronto and Jiamei (Lu) of Kingston and proud grandma of Claire, Joanna, Katherine, Victoria, Naomi and Rachel.
Born on June 26, 1934 in Hangzhou China, Wangrun was the one of the two surviving children and was predeceased by her parents Zhenping Ding and Zhixian Zhang and is survived by her sister Ruliu Ding.
Wangru was raised in the big family home of her grandpa, Ren Ding who was one the funders of the famous "Xiling Seal Art Society", one of China's most important traditional stone seal engraving association. She moved to Shanghai during the second world war and studied at Shanghai Zhabei Ming Guo high school. She moved to Nangjing and graduated from the very competitive Nangjing Engineering College in 1953.
At the height of Russian mania in China during the 1950s, she moved to Dalian to study Russian and graduated at Dalian Russian Language Institution in 1955. From then onwards, she worked as Lecturer and Associate Professor teaching Russian and later English languages to undergraduates at Dalian Maritime University until her retirement in 1989 at the age of 55. While in Dalian, she met and married Xiangrun Lu and raised a family of two daughters and a son in Dalian.
She immigrated to Toronto in 1998 after her son and younger daughter moved to Canada. She enjoyed new life in Toronto and made many new friends in particular at Town Haven Place, Toronto. She and her husband started a daily Keep Fit exercise group there which has been running for more than 10 years for which she received the Volunteer Service Award in 2008.
Wangru and Xiangrun enjoyed travelling and seeing Canada, the United States, UK, France and China. They enjoyed yearly big family gatherings at the lake resort with the children and grandchildren from Kingston, Toronto and London, England. She is particularly proud of her six grandchildren for going to great universities. In 2017, they moved to Kingston to be near their daughter. She enjoyed fishing in the lakes and growing organic vegetables and making many new friends from the Chinese Church in Kingston.
Wangru was kind hearted, super generous, quick witted and joyful. She will be deeply missed. We were so blessed to have her in our lives.
Through strong faith, she fought courageously with many serious illnesses such as cancer and liver cirrhosis. Now She is home with the Lord.
Online condolences may be sent to Wangru’s family through her obituary at James Reid Funeral Home. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Wangru's memory can be made to the UHKF or a donation to a charity of your choice.
The family invites you to join the funeral service online at 10.30 a.m. Saturday May 15, 2021. Please follow the link Click here for live streaming to watch the livestream or recording.