Double Memorial for Charles P. and Ruth N. (George) Jardine

A double memorial service is planned Sunday for Charles P. and Ruth N. (George) Jardine who died six days apart. The couple had been married 69 years.

Charles passed away April 11, three days following his 92nd birthday, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House. Ruth passed away April 17, also at at Merrimack Valley Hospice House. He was the husband of Ruth N. (George) Jardine who passed away on April 17, 2017 also at Merrimack Valley Hospice House.

Charles was born in Haverhill on April 8, 1925, son of the late Harry and Ida “Jane” (Travis) Jardine. He was educated in Haverhill, and worked as a pipefitter at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for many years. He then accepted a position as custodian for the Haverhill Public School Department where he worked 35 years at the Peabody, Nettle and Haverhill Trade Schools before retiring in 1983. He was an active and dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church serving as elder, trustee and custodian for 64 years. For many years, his family enjoyed camping at Old Orchard, Maine. He spent many summers volunteering at the Presbyterian Church camp, Camp Wilmot, and served in many roles there, including cabin counselor, painting and repairing the many structures on the property, preparing meals, leading prayers on Vesper Hill, and even helping a homesick camper who needed gentle guidance. He was a small engine repair person, and would always fix what was broken, wherever he was.

Ruth was born in Haverhill, Sept. 7, 1927, daughter of the late Delbert and Minnie A. (Libby) George. She was educated in Haverhill and graduated from Haverhill High School. She worked as an assembler at the former AT&T prior to her retirement. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and the Westminster Guild. She was a cook and baker, always making food for her family and gatherings. She was also a lover of plants and was very proud of her “green thumb”.

They are survived by a son, Jeffery Jardine of Haverhill; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; Charlie’s brother and sister, Warren Jardine and Gwyneth Hannon, both of Haverhill; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a double memorial service Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church. A private burial will occur at a later date. Donations in Charlie and Ruth’s name may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 346 Broadway, Haverhill, MA 01832. Arrangements under the direction of Dole, Childs and Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St., Haverhill.