Northampton ADI Ruth Barton sadly passed away just before Christmas after a six-week battle with COVID-19. Her husband Andy Wilson, also an ADI to whom she was married for less than 12 months, paid this moving tribute to her.
Deputy Chair of NJC Matt Stone said “I had the great privilege of knowing Ruth very well, having trained her to become an ADI 14 years ago, she then worked with Let’s Instruct for 3 years before setting up her own successful driving school Rallyroo SOM. We remained good friends, Ruth was a fantastic driving instructor, a kind, generous, giving person, full of fun who was loved and respected by all of us who knew her. We say goodbye to her on Friday, Ruth you will be greatly missed by us all.”
Friend and colleague George Simpson also wanted to mark the sad occasion “I first met Ruth through her desire to become an advanced driver with RoSPA, I was her observer and Ruth achieved a RoSPA gold. Ruth went on to become a RoSPA Observer helping others. Ruth’s passion for road safety and driver training was flawless, in an amazing turn of events, Ruth convinced me to become a driving instructor and she then trained and helped me set up my own driving school and introduced me to the ADINJC and we attended the annual events together.
Over the years Ruth had her own close group of driving instructors as friends, who she would gather for social outings and lots of smiles, I was so pleased to be a part of that group who will all miss her and raise a glass at our next event. It was no wonder that over 60 instructor cars wanted to attend her funeral but this event through lock down had to be cancelled.
For me, Ruth was my closest friend, and I will remember her for the fun-loving kindhearted woman she was. My family and I will miss her dearly, rest in peace Ruthy.”
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