It is with profound sadness that we share the sudden passing of our beloved Ruth Elizabeth Lichter on February 26th, 2022 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Ruth was born in Lethbridge Alberta to parents Tilman and Patricia Lichter on March 14, 1982. She enjoyed an early life growing up in Southern Alberta where she developed a life-long love for the mountains and the natural world.
Ruth moved to Southern Ontario in her youth where she completed high school, and later a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. Ruth met the love of her life, Peter, while completing a Desert Ecology field course in Arizona where they fell in love under the desert stars.
Peter and Ruth began their world travels in South Korea, and in the years that followed, Ruth's country list grew to 30.
Ruth returned to school to obtain a degree in Nursing and dedicated herself to the care of others in that role for eight years. She was always striving to better herself and had recently started studying to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Ruth was a loyal bright light in the lives of all who were lucky enough to have known her, and she cared deeply for all those in her life. She was more than an Aunty to her niece Annabel and nephew Isaiah. She brought boundless energy to caregiving, supporting and loving them, and they adored her in return.
Ruth was one to bring people together and always shared her love of travel with others. She was a steadfast planner and organizer who spearheaded many adventures with her friends and family, and would always get such joy from doing so. Her excitement to return to travel was apparent with three trips planned this year.
Ruth had a profound love and enthusiasm for the natural world. Peter and Ruth found themselves booking travel specifically to see wildlife and they have observed and documented many hundreds of bird species together. She would ensure the binoculars were packed wherever they went. Ruth’s courageous spirit always kept her exploring. Whether Algonquin Park by canoe or Rio by foot, her heart never stopped searching for new adventures.
Ruth and Peter would also enjoy any spare time at home playing through their extensive board game collection.
She will be forever missed by her dedicated husband Peter Mammoliti, parents Tilman (Carol) and Patricia Lichter, sisters Anna (Wesley), Sarah (Roberto), step-brothers Stephen (Sophie), Mark (Viena), lifelong friend Oshan Ford, and the family of Michael and Maria Mammoliti.
She will also be dearly missed by her Gramma, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, and countless other family members and friends whose lives she enriched.
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at The Waterfront Centre (555 Bay Street North Hamilton) on March 11, 2022 from 4 - 8 PM. Refreshments and cash bar available. Please feel free to bring a framed picture or memory of Ruth to add to a table for everyone to view.
In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to:
Bird Ecology and Conservation Ontario