Ruth’s passing loss to many
THE community is mourning the loss of computer mentor Ruth Jopling, who died suddenly last month after a short illness.
The well-known Lesmurdie resident was instrumental in setting up the Jack Healey Centre Computer Group for Seniors.
Group spokesman Roger Jennings said Ms Jopling began as a tutor with the computer group shortly after she arrived in Kalamunda and soon after took over as co-ordinator.
“Since 2004 more than 1000 local seniors have been introduced to using computers or expanded their skills,” he said.
“She will be sadly missed by both the members of the organising committee and the students who attended the courses.”
Son David Petts said he remembered vividly when his mum embraced the computer age.
“I was working at Compaq Computers at the time and even though my role was not technical, I became mum’s IT support line,” he said.
“It wasn’t long before the calls began to decline, as mum became more and more computer literate. So much so that she eventually turned from novice to teacher. Each time I spoke to her, she had bought another computer or related accessory to the point where her house was a lot like mission control.”
Ruth Jopling will be missed.