Ruth Goldbloom, who spearheaded efforts to establish Pier 21 as a national museum, passed away on Aug. 29 after battling lung cancer. She was 88.
Goldbloom championed the creation of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to tell the stories of the one million immigrants who came through the doors of Pier 21 to begin their lives in Canada.
In addition, Goldbloom had a long-standing history of volunteer service to the local community and many organizations.
“We have lost one of our greatest citizens,” said Geoff Machum, Chair of the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors. “When Ruth set her mind to any one of her many worthwhile causes, she was a super natural force to be reckoned with. She leaves a formidable legacy.”
“We will all remember Ruth’s passion for her community and her tenacity to create a museum at Pier 21,” said Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “Her efforts and inspiration of others led to the creation of a Pier 21 as a museum which today is a cherished national museum.”
The Halifax Port Authority will fly flags at the Halifax Seaport at half mast today (Aug. 30) and tomorrow in remembrance of Goldbloom.