Ruth Onley is a Canadian Christian music performer. She is best known as the wife of David Onley the 28th lieutenant governor of Ontario from 2007 until 2014. Her husband was a broadcaster and author prior to entering politics. He worked primarily for Citytv as a weather reporter, before moving on to cover science and technology stories.
David Charles Onley CM OOnt was born on June 12, 1950, until his death on January 14, 2023, at the age of 72 years. Onley worked with the 24-hour news station CablePulse 24 as a news anchor and host of a weekly technology series, Home Page. A published author, he was the founding president of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Canada. His seven-year term as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario makes him the province’s third longest-serving viceroy since Confederation, behind his successor Elizabeth Dowdeswell (2014–present) and Albert Edward Matthews (1937–1946).
Her husband was raised in West Hill on Orchard Park Drive in Scarborough, now part of Toronto. He was educated at the University of Toronto Scarborough, served as student council president, and graduated with a degree in political science. Beginning at the age of three, Onley battled with polio, resulting in partial paralysis. However, as a result of extensive physical therapy, he regained the use of his hands and arms, and partial use of his legs. Onley was able to walk using leg braces and canes or crutches, but he generally preferred to get around using his electric scooter. He was able to drive a car using hand controls for acceleration and braking.
Onley began his career in radio, hosting a weekly science show for Toronto radio station CFRB, subsequently joining the CKO network in 1983. He then joined Citytv in 1984 as weather specialist, a position he held until 1989. In a 2004 interview with Link Up, a Toronto employment agency for people with disabilities. From 1989 to 1995, he was the first news anchor on the then-new Breakfast Television, Citytv’s morning show. He served as an education specialist for Citytv and CablePulse 24 from 1994 to 1999. Onley became an anchor on CP24, when the station launched in 1999, and both hosted and produced Home Page on CP24.
He was one of Canada’s first on-air television personalities with a visible disability; he used a mobility device due to his paralysis. Camera shots began with only upper body shots, but Onley demanded that the shot include him in his mobility device. In honour of his contributions to the advancement of disability issues in Canada, he has received awards from the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Clarke Institute’s Courage to Come Back award. He was appointed Chair of the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council to the Minister of Community and Social Services in 2005. He was inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame in 2006.
Onley wrote Shuttle: A Shattering Novel of Disaster in Space, a bestselling novel about space travel, published in 1981. It was nominated by the Periodical Distributors of Canada as a book of the year. He was founding president of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Canada. Onley returned to his acting roots, with a cameo appearance in the sixth season of the Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries. The episode, “The Ghost of Queens Park” aired in Canada on February 25, 2013. In it he played the eighth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Sir Oliver Mowat.
His appointment as Lieutenant Governor was announced on July 10, 2007; he was privately informed of this after a July 4, 2007, taping of Home Page: “I just had reached the top of the Don Valley Parkway… and there was no place to pull over. And when the Prime Minister of your country calls, all you can try to do is stay in the same lane, avoid any fender-benders and have a meaningful conversation, which I did.”
He was sworn in on September 5, 2007, at Queen’s Park in Toronto. As the province’s first Lieutenant Governor with a disability, Onley said he would use his vice-regal position to help remove physical barriers to Ontario’s 1.5 million people with disabilities, as well as focus on other issues affecting the disabled, including obstacles to employment and housing. Onley also stated, in his installation speech, that he would expand on his immediate predecessor James Bartleman’s First Nations literacy initiatives, his aim being to see computers on every student’s desk in northern schools.
David Onley approached the legislature on his electric scooter for his installation, however, he ascended the Throne on foot, using leg braces and canes. Onley also traveled to China to represent the Queen and Canada at the 2008 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony. Onley delivered his last speech from the throne to the Ontario Legislative Assembly on July 3, 2014; his last full day in office was September 22, 2014, with his successor sworn in the following afternoon.
Onley and his wife resided in their Scarborough home during his vice-regal tenure, as Ontario is one of three provinces that does not have an official vice-regal residence. During Onley’s mandate, he participated in 2550 engagements, during which he spoke to an estimated audience of over one million people. Onley was appointed senior lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, his alma mater. His appointment began on October 1, 2014. He also served as the University’s Special Ambassador for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
Cause of death
David Onley died on January 14, 2023, at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife and three children.
David Onley wife
Onley was married to his wife Ruth Ann Onley until his death in 2023. The couple had three sons, Jonathan Onley, Robert Onley and Michael Onley. In late 2019, Onley was rushed to emergency after a brain scan revealed that he had a tumour the size of an orange at the front of his brain, which was successfully removed.
Ruth Onley net worth
How much is Ruth Onley worth? Ruth Onley net worth is estimated at around $2 million. Her main source of income is from her primary work as a performer. Ruth Onley’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $300,000 dollars annually. Her remarkable achievements have earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. She is one of the richest and most influential Christian music performers in Canada. Ruth Onley stands at an appealing height of 1.68m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.