Sorrow at Passing of Calvin Ruck

Premier's Office

October 20, 2004 4:25 PM

Community activist and former Nova Scotia Senator Calvin Ruck
will be remembered as a tireless advocate for African Nova
Scotians, Premier John Hamm said today, Oct. 20.

The Sydney native and Second World War veteran passed away on
Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the age of 79. He had a varied career,
working as a coal train labourer, a CN Rail porter, then as a
cleaner at CFB Shearwater, before moving into community
development and social work. From 1981 to 1986, Mr. Ruck served
as a member of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Mr. Ruck
was also an author, writing The Black Battalion 1916-1920:
Canada's Best Kept Military Secret, which helped promote the
previously untold story of the First World War service of many
African Canadians.

Among Mr. Ruck's many awards of recognition were the certificate
of honour from the Black Hall of Fame, the National Harry Jerome
Award, the Canada 125 Anniversary Medal and the Order of Canada.

"Calvin Ruck was a great Nova Scotian who for fought for equal
rights for all," said Premier Hamm. "Nova Scotians, and all
Canadians, will forever be in his debt for his efforts to build a
better, more socially just society for future generations.
Genesta and I join with all Nova Scotians in extending our
sympathies to his wife, Joyce, and the entire Ruck family on
their tremendous loss."

In 1998, Mr. Ruck became only the third African Canadian named to
the Senate.


     Premier John Hamm says all Nova Scotians will remember

Calvin Ruck.

The longtime community activist and former Nova Scotia

senator died Tuesday night (October 19th) at the age of 79.

     Mr. Ruck was a former Nova Scotia Human Rights

commissioner, social worker and author.

Throughout his long and varied career, the Sydney native

worked tirelessly for equality.

The recipient of many awards, including the Order of Canada,

Mr. Ruck became only the third African Canadian in history to be

named to Canada's Senate.


Contact: Robert Batherson
         Premier's Office
         Cell: 902-478-1685

jal         October 20, 2004         4:27 P.M.