By | November 18, 2021
ken Ruttan Death

Ken Ruttan Death – Ken Ruttan has passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 80. Ruttan is being remembered as a leader, a hard-nosed athlete who was a gentle giant off the floor and an artist. Ruttan was a member of the Canadian and Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame, where he served as chair from 2015 to 2019. The cause of Ken’s death has not been announced but he was said to be battling lung disease since 2019.

Pat Bronson who succeeded Mr. Ruttan as chair in the organization express his sadness in a statement he made following Ruttan’s death. Bronson mentioned that contributed to the success of the hall even before becoming the leader. “Ken was an important part of the Hall of Fame for a very long time and contributed to the development and success of the Hall. Ken was the leader and driving force behind the annual Hall of Fame car draw. He had the reputation from his playing days of being that big, tough, lacrosse player but I saw another side to him which was kind and caring. He took the time to visit friends and Hall members at nursing homes, in the hospital, or just out for a cup of coffee. Many people stopped by the Hall just to chat with Ken.”

Mr. Ruttan retired as a detective-constable in the Ontario Provincial Police intelligence branch in 1994 after 31 years. He was a successful woodcarver and created hundreds of wooden birds, one of which Bronson owns. She’ll miss the stories he shared during Hall’s coffee time.

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Photo Credits – The Peterborough Examiner website