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Paul Ruark

Paul Kenneth Ruark passed away peacefully at his home during the early morning hours of May 8, 2021.

Born on May 27, 1927, Paul was the son of the late Elizabeth Ruark Simmons, the stepson of the late Oliver Simmons, and the grandson of the late Fred C. Ruark.

Paul greatly enjoyed working on the water and bought his first workboat when he was 13 years old. In 1962, he became co-owner and operator of Ruark and Ashton, Inc., Seafood Packing Plant of Hoopersville. He retired in July 1990.

Paul dearly loved the Lord and asked for His guidance throughout his life. He had a special place in his heart for Hoopers Memorial United Methodist Church in Hoopersville, where he was a lifelong member. He was also a member of the Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire Company.

Paul was a very generous and kind man. He believed that the Lord had blessed him and he loved sharing what God had given to him with others. When the recipients of his gifts would try to thank him, Paul would cheerfully say, “Don’t thank me. Thank the Lord.”

He is survived by his wife of 72 years Ellen Parks; his daughter Teena Ruark Gorrow and her husband Wayne; his grandson Ernie Beath III, Ernie’s wife Jennifer, and their baby Willow; and his son-in-law Jim Gibb. His older daughter, Paula Ruark Gibb, preceded him in death on May 3, 2012. Although Paul loved people and had many friends, there is one special man he loved like a son, Terry Vincent. Paul will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at Hoopers Memorial United Methodist Church in Hoopersville, Maryland, on Friday, May 14, 2021. Visitation begins at 12:00 and a funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Officiating will be Pastor Joe Kelly.  Interment will immediately follow at Dorchester Memorial Park located on Route 50 and Aireys Road in Cambridge, Maryland.

Face covering and social distancing will be required.

Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, 308 High Street, Cambridge, MD 21613

Memorial donations may be made in Paul’s memory to Hoopers Memorial United Methodist Church in care of Janet Ruark, 1839 Hoopersville Road, Fishing Creek, MD 21634.

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So sorry for the loss of spouse and dad. I remember when he first welcomed me to his home, when Tenna and I became best friends. Never will I forget. NICE PEOPLE. Avis Johnson Banks

Avis Banks May 14 2021 12:00 AM

tina im so sorry to hear for the loss of your father,your in my thoughs and prayers. RIP MR PAUL

Timothy Foxwell / Kansas May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So so sorry for your loss. Mr Ruark was a very nice and sincere gentleman.

David Foxwell Sr May 13 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to Mrs Ruark and Tina for the lost of a true gentleman. He was one of my earliest mentors and taught me lessons of life and faith that have remained to this day. His commitment to family, to God and his community show a devout and loving spirit that will be missed by all who knew him. May God bless his family and the community he lovedl

C L Rippons, Jr May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Sending love, hugs and prayers during this difficult time.

Holly Huffer May 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Ruark

Art & Donna Phillips & family May 12 2021 12:00 AM

May GOD be with you. Thank you for all your love and caring.you will be missed and always remembered with great fondnee

Joyce parks May 12 2021 12:00 AM

With deepest sympathy I'm so sorry for your loss

Jeanne Webster May 12 2021 12:00 AM

Mrs. Ruark & Tina I am so saddened to hear that Mr. Paul had passed away. His garden was always beautiful and he canned the most delicious pickled beets ever. Prayers to you all.

Diane Jones Chavis May 10 2021 12:00 AM

Such a true gentleman and Godly soul. Great memories of him and his wonderful family. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand. Sending love and prayers...

Colleen Curran-Bromwell May 10 2021 12:00 AM

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