Grace Rumball

Grace Rumball was familiar to people in the Sudbury area both on television and radio.  Over the years she could be seen on television as hostess on a variety of talk shows.

She was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Her mother died when she was only four years of age.  Her father, Charles Wolsley Johnson, moved the family to North Bay when Grace was still very young.  She had a sister, Faith.

It seems there was never a time when Grace Rumball was not busy or active with some cause.  Having three children of her own, she was active in home and school volunteer work.  In 1963 she was recognized for twenty years of service to the Ontario Home and School Association.

Rumball served on the feasibility committee to establish a museum and arts centre and she was a member of the Sudbury Theatre Centre board for nine years.

Rumball was also a member of the Cambrian College board of governors for a period of seven years.

She is also recognized for her many contributions to Science North.  Mrs. Rumball became a member of the Science North Board of Trustees in November 1982.  Having chaired the Food Services Committee during her tenure on the Board she is credited with playing a large part in establishing excellent food service at Science North.

Grace Rumball was also a member of the Official Opening Committee.  That committee was responsible for planning the Queen's visit in October of 1984.  Grace also served on the Fundraising and Property and Finance Committees.

As well, Mrs. Rumball served as Science North's Goodwill Ambassador at large having represented the Board at many important Science North special events.  Even though she resigned her seat from the board in May of 1990, she continued to volunteer as a member of the Property and Finance Committee.

Grace helped out with the United Way, the Association for Community Living, the Red Cross Society, the Sudbury Historical Society, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Sudbury Multicultural Association.

Rumball also kept busy by being active in the Liberal Party of Canada at the local, provincial and federal level.

Grace's husband Reg, died in 1967.  They had three children, raising them in Sudbury.

Grace Rumball passed away in her 90th year on March 3, 2007.  She was survived by her sons, Richard of England and Michael of Toronto, and a daughter, Carole, of Sudbury. She also left behind three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Her family established a bursary in her names as a memorial to a woman who was interested in making her community a better place to live.