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Mrs. Ruth (English) (Bear) Tremblay

Obituary for Mrs. Ruth (English) (Bear) Tremblay

May 1, 1923 - February 9, 2018
Byfield, Massachusetts | Age 94


BYFIELD - Mrs. Ruth (English) (Bear) Tremblay 94, of Byfield, beloved wife of the late Bruce M. Bear Sr. and the late Eugene J. Tremblay, died peacefully Friday, February 9, 2018 at Avita in Newburyport.

Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late James Ernest and Hazel (Hanson) English. She was raised and educated in Salem, where her family heritage dates back to the times of the witch trials.

Mrs. Tremblay began working at the former C.B.S Hytron during WWII. She then began her 43 year association with New England Tel & Tel, starting as an operator, and retiring from AT&T as management in 1990. She had a strong work ethic that she passed on to her family. She was very proud of her career and professional accomplishments, becoming a role model for young women.

Ruth was a longtime resident of the Town of Byfield and was a member of the former Community United Methodist Church in Byfield, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Telephone Pioneers of America. She enjoyed spending time golfing, gardening, and traveling; and was especially renowned in the family for her Thanksgiving pies and secret turkey gravy recipe.

After the passing of her beloved Bruce M. Bear Sr., Ruth began swimming daily as a member of the Danvers YMCA. It was here that she met the second love of her life, Eugene J. Tremblay, and they would go on to have a loving marriage and blended family that would bring great joy to everyone's lives.

Ruth was not only devoted to her family, but she would often lend a helping hand to those in need. She had so much love in heart and was always willing to share. Her generosity was boundless.

Ruth lived her final years at Avita in Newburyport, where she received sincere care and love from the staff and management. They called her the "HEART" of the Spring unit at Avita. Even through the clouds of dementia, Ruth kept her splendid sense of humor. She was a true blessing to her family and many friends.

She was always there for her family. She loved her husbands and children and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and made many lifelong friends. She will be deeply missed.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Bear Wik and her husband Robert of Cape Coral, FL and Plum Island; Paula Tremblay Burke and her husband Anthony of Topsfield; her son, Charles D. Bear of Byfield; her grandchildren, Adriane Collins, Lilla Collins-Malone, Bruce Collins, Michelle Bear and Collin, Ryan and Sean Burke; her three great grandchildren, Bliss, Kellen and Luca; her brother, William English and his wife Gail of Elliot, ME; several nieces and nephews; her daughter-in-law Lorraine Bear and her children Carolann, Linda and Heidi; Susan Shallies and her children, Peter, Kathy, David, Allen, Jennifer and Patty; and many extended family and friends. She was also predeceased by Bruce M. Bear Jr., and her sisters, Elinor Walden and Elizabeth Barr.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 11:30 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours prior to the service from 9 to 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ruth's memory to the Alzheimer's Association. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ruth's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452

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