IN MEMORIAM

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 info@wea-arts.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.

Ken Friesen – painter, potter, teacher, and board member of Leamington Arts Centre

Gordon Oglan – graphic design & advertising instructor, St. Clair College

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’.

Elizabeth Ann Stefani – painter

Daniel Boles – sculptor and professor at University of Windsor

Paulette DeAngelis – potter

Dawn Duncan – painter

Robert Ferraro – painter and professor at University of Windsor

Jason Gale – playwright and actor

Vicky Giroux – visual artist, member of the Walkerville Artist Co-Op

Evelyn Grey McLean – glass mosaic artist, lecturer and Dean of Women University of Windsor, the first Heritage Planner for the City of Windsor; a founder of The Friends of the Court (Mackenzie Hall), and a founder of Les Amis Duff-Baby; Champion of Windsor’s built heritage, and the author of several papers and booklets about Windsor’s oldest heritage buildings.

Mina Grossman-Ianni – former CBC and Radio-Canada broadcast journalist and director, former Executive Director of Windsor Symphony Orchestra;
2005 Windsor Woman of the Year;  Advisory Board member of 4th Wall Music; mentor; and patron of the arts.

John Haynes – visual artist, retired art teacher, long-time member, supporter and volunteer at Leamington Arts Centre.

Dick Langs – volunteer at The Capitol Theatre, literary arts supporter

Bob Makaskell – visual artist, art historian, and professor at University of Windsor

Dorothy Kathleen McClellan – musician and arts volunteer

Karen Mertsky – visual artist and fabric artist

Rosalie Trombley – music director of “The Big 8” CKLW, and famously known as “the Girl with the Golden Ear”

Helen Turner Brown – painter, muralist, founding member of the Artists of Colour, and the first secretary on the board of the North American Black Historical Museum (now the Amherstburg Freedom Museum).

Charlotte Watkins – performing artist and music educator

Betty Wilkinson – Registrar at the Art Gallery of Windsor

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