Piece of cake

Summerside woman bakes Christ­mas treats ev­ery year for of­fi­cers who helped her three decades ago

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN MACLEAN

The year was 1984 and Ruth Waite was vis­it­ing her mother in the old Prince County Hos­pi­tal.

While she was in the fa­cil­ity, some­one broke into her car and stole a stereo stand.

She re­ported the theft to the Summerside Po­lice Ser­vice and, not long af­ter, of­fi­cers Joe Peters and Sin­clair Walker found her prop­erty dur­ing a search of a sus­pected lo­cal drug dealer and re­turned it to her.

That Christ­mas, Waite baked two cakes – one cho­co­late and one fruit – and de­liv­ered them to the po­lice sta­tion as a ‘thank you’ to the of­fi­cers for their as­sis­tance.

She left in­struc­tions that Peters and Walker were to get first dibs on the treat.

“It was very good, of course,” re­called Walker in an in­ter­view with the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer on Fri­day.

Waite, now 91, kept up that Christ­mas tra­di­tion for 34 years.

Af­ter she did it for a year or two, she kind of felt like she

“I thought they did a good turn for me, so one good turn de­serves an­other. I don’t know, I just started it and kept on. It got so you didn’t want to quit.”

Ruth Waite

should con­tinue, she said.

Waite also pointed out that, in ad­di­tion to re­turn­ing her prop­erty to her, Walker and Peters used to check on her Summerside home for her while she lived and worked in an­other part of prov­ince. She also has a per­sonal con­nec­tion to polic­ing as her son, Roger, was an RCMP of­fi­cer for more than 40 years.

“I thought they did a good turn for me, so one good turn de­serves an­other.

“I don’t know, I just started it and kept on. It got so you didn’t want to quit.”

The of­fi­cers and staff at the down­town po­lice sta­tion have cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ated these spe­cial treats, said Det.-Sgt. Peters, who re­tired two years ago.

“It should be said, Mrs. Waite, cer­tainly all these years – don’t think it wasn’t ap­pre­ci­ated, be­cause it was,” he said, while the of­fi­cers vis­ited Waite at her Summerside home on Fri­day. Some res­i­dents send along choco­lates or baked goods to the po­lice sta­tion dur­ing the hol­i­days, said Walker, but none as faith­fully or con­sis­tently as Waite.

“I just hope they can eat it when I take it there, is all,” she re­marked.

“We guar­an­tee it gets eaten,” Peters re­as­sured her.

“It’s such a kind ges­ture and we ap­pre­ci­ate it so much. It meant a lot to us and it means a lot to us for all those peo­ple who bring gifts in at Christ­mas­time. It makes our job so much bet­ter,” added Walker.

Peters and Walker brought Waite some Christ­mas-themed flow­ers Fri­day, as she is turn­ing 92 next week. It was also a thank you for her years of treats.

This will prob­a­bly be the last Christ­mas Waite will make her cake de­liv­ery. She has mo­bil­ity is­sues now and will soon be mov­ing to as­sisted liv­ing at An­drews of Summerside. She won’t have a kitchen of her own any­more.

It’s dis­ap­point­ing, she said, but she was happy to do it while she could. “It’s go­ing to be dif­fer­ent for sure.”

COLIN MACLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Ruth Waite has been send­ing a Christ­mas fruit cake and a cho­co­late cake to the Summerside Po­lice Ser­vice sta­tion for the past 34 years to thank Deputy Chief Sin­clair Walker, right, and re­tired Det.-Sgt. Joe Peters, left, for help­ing to find some of her prop­erty that was stolen in 1984.

COLIN MACLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Summerside Po­lice Ser­vice Deputy Chief Sin­clair Walker with one of the many fruit­cakes Ruth Waite has de­liv­ered to the sta­tion over the past 34 years.

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