This page is dedicated to all of the artists, art leaders, art volunteers, and patrons of the arts who have died in Windsor-Essex. These beloved members of our arts community will be remembered and honoured at our biennial Awards & Grants Ceremonies.
If you would like to submit a name to our IN MEMORIAM list, please email email@example.com with the person’s name and title (e.g. visual artist or arts volunteer). Please include the phonetic spelling of names that may be difficult for the presenter to read aloud correctly.
Departed Arts Community Members
May 2022 – May 2024
These beloved members of our arts community will be remembered and honoured at the WEA Art Awards & Grants Ceremony in May 2024.
Christine Burchnall – visual artist, grant writer, and former long-time executive director of Artcite Inc.
Dr. Brian Burke – jazz musician, band leader, performing arts patron, psychiatrist and mental health advocate
Bryan Calvert – spoken word poet with Windsor Poetry Slam
Nancy Corbett – member of the Windsor Classic Chorale
John “Doctor John” Dickinson – champion of Windsor’s music scene and generous supporter of all musicians; professor of economics at University of Windsor
Ken Friesen – painter, potter, teacher, and board member of Leamington Arts Centre
Robert (Bob) Godden – educator, musician, composer, performer, theatre director of Korda Artistic Productions, Windsor Light Opera, and Sun Parlour Players
Dave Hunter – publisher of The Drive magazine, realtor, community champion, mentor, event organizer
Audrian Hutchinson – actor, costume designer and a lifetime member of the Sun Parlour Players
John Jaciw – graphic designer, sculptor, and medallist
Bruce Jamieson – graphic artist, pianist, composer and member of the Windsor Symphony Choir
Katherine Korach – Windsor visual artist with drawings in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Flint Institute of Arts. Former studio assistant to American artist, Larry Bell. A philanthropist who organized many art auctions to raise funds for charities in Windsor.
Dylan MacDonald – actor
Gordon Oglan – graphic design & advertising instructor, St. Clair College
James Patten – former Chief Curator at Art Gallery of Windsor and adjunct professor at University of Windsor
Elfrieda Reimer – member of Windsor Classic Chorale
Rosemary Smith – potter, painter, sculptor, and one of the founding members of the Fort Malden Guild of Arts and Crafts
Donald Waffle – visual artist and strong supporter of the Leamington Arts Centre
Departed Arts Community Members
January 2020 – May 2022
These departed members of the Windsor-Essex arts community were remembered and honoured at the WEAs Awards & Grants Celebration on Friday, May 20th, 2022 in the Vision Corridor outside the art gallery. The poet and performer Christopher Lawrence Menard read two pieces from his poetry collection, at the end, beginnings: A Memoir in Poems, before reading each name aloud. The reading of the names was accompanied by harp music performed by Amy Ley, the principal harpist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, who brought the presentation to a close with a beautiful rendition of Jean-Michel Damase’s ‘Adagietto’.