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A tribute to Ruth Williams

Memories of Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams, a Sweet Adelines Australia pioneer


Ruth Williams loved Sweet Adelines International and worked tirelessly in the early years to start choruses all over New South Wales and beyond. Along with her great friend Chad Fydler she started the first NSW chorus, Sydney Town Chorus. They travelled to the Sweet Adelines International contest in Hawaii in 1987 to accept their charter.

Ruth was Sydney Town's first President and also served on the first Area Committee (the precursor to the RMT) and served as its Regent from 1992-1994. Ruth and Chad played an integral part of our region as members of the first Australian Steering Committee 1989-1991, laying the foundations for what was to become Region 34.

Ruth helped International Board of Directors members Ann Gooch and Bron Dixon promote Sweet Adelines on the Mike Walsh Show in 1984.

You can hear Ann Gooch give credit to Ruth in this video she recorded for Region 34's 25th anniversary in 2014

Ruth passed away on Monday August 15, 2016. A funeral to celebrate Ruth's wonderful life was held at the Camellia Chapel, Macquarie Park Cemetery in Sydney on Tuesday August 23 at 11.30am.

Read the Ruth Williams Tribute from Sweet Adelines Australia presented at the funeral by Regional Team Coordinator, Sharon Cartwright.

Below is a link to a compilation of messages received from our members for Ruth's daughter CarolynButtonforMemoriesofRuth.JPG and son Greg.

Memories of Ruth - a collection of messages from members

We look forward to adding more information and memories on this page as they are sent by those who knew Ruth during her years in Sweet Adelines International. Please send your thoughts to Sharon Cartwright -









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