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In Memoriam 2020

In Memoriam 2020

January 19, 2021

For many years, Librarianship.ca has published an Honour Roll at the end of December to celebrate the members of the Canadian librarianship community who were recognized in the previous 12 months for their contributions to the profession and to Canadian society.

This year Librarianship.ca is also publishing a different kind of honour roll – one that recognizes and remembers those members of our community who died in 2020.

(This incomplete list was compiled primarily from newspaper obituaries. If you know someone we have missed, please let us know at info@librarianship.ca)


Robert Hervey (Bob) Abbott
“In 1966 they moved to Powell River, where Bob became district librarian, running the School District Resource Centre from 1966 to 1988.”

Lorna Adamack
“Besides teaching high school and then becoming the K-12 librarian, Lorna was very active in civic duties. She was instrumental in developing funding for a public library as well as a community swimming pool.”

William “Bill” Adkins
“He chose teaching as his career and taught in Selkirk and The Pas before completing his Bachelor of Library Science degree and becoming the librarian and part-time computer science teacher at Oak Park High School in Winnipeg.”

Young-Ju Ahn
“In 1970, Young-Ju accepted a staff position at the UBC Library (LA3, Catalogue) and moved his young family to Canada. At the time, the Cataloguing Division was located on the top floor of the Main Library. In 1979, Cataloguing moved to the newly built Library Processing Centre. By this time, the card catalogue was converted to machine-readable forms, and soon, libraries would develop an online public-access catalogue. Young-Ju also helped with music cataloguing and was a frequent user of the Wilson Recordings Collection. His own private collection has more than 500 LPs and 2000 compact discs. In 1998, he was assigned half-time to the Asian Library as the Korean Language Bibliographer. Young-Ju retired from UBC in 1999.”

Serge Allard
“Il a oeuvré à Ottawa, à Rouyn (bibliothécaire), à la Baie James et pris sa retraite à Richelieu.”

Lucy Allen
“She loved to read, and helped start the community library on the Island.”

Muriel Allen
“Muriel lived a complete life. Her employment journey ranged from teaching at a one room school as a young woman to being a vital member of the P.E.I. Library Service’s Bookmobile team from 1972 to 1993.”

Nancy Allison
“After her divorce she embarked on a thirty-year career at the U of C in a support role in the Art Department and library system.”

Necia Joyce Amys
“Her love of good books led her to the Dalhousie library where she worked for a number of years.”

Alma Anderson
“For the remainder of her working life, Alma was employed by the Calgary Board of Education at Viscount Bennett Jr. and Sr. High, in the library and audiovisual department.”

Beryl Anderson
“She began her teaching career in schools in Quebec and Nova Scotia between 1946 and 1949 and was then a lecturer in Classics at Dalhousie University from 1950 to 1955 before becoming Associate Professor, McGill Graduate Library School 1956-1971. After completing her doctorate, she was Chief of the Library Documentation Centre, National Library of Canada until her retirement. She was a long-time member of the Canadian Library Association, the Archaeological Institute of America, the Canadian Institute in Greece and Friends of the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa where she volunteered for many years.”

Jean Anderson
“She worked locally as the Head of medical records, was a dictaypist and excelled at shorthand. She job shared as a library assistant in a Toronto public school.”

Wendy Andrews
“Wendy attended the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Kelsey Campus and graduated with a Diploma in Library Technology. She secured a job with the Saskatoon School Board where she worked for 44 years until she retired in 2019 at the age of 65.”

Rosalie E. Andrus
“taught for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board for 28 years, the last several as a high school librarian.”

Mary Angelidis
“Mary was a dedicated educator for 35 years who passionately taught English as a Second Language and Math to new Canadians and also held the positions of guidance counselor and Head of Library.”

June Angus
“June moved to Saskatoon in 1949 and after graduating from Business College, spent most of her working life with the Saskatoon Public School Board in their Library Division.”

Alexander Mackenzie “Alex” Armstrong
“He spent many years as a volunteer at the Gravenhurst Public Library as Board Chair, the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital as Board Chair, 1st Gravenhurst Scouting as Treasurer, and the Muskoka Oldtimers Hockey Club.”

Elizabeth (Liz) Austrom
“With 25 years as teacher-librarian (Byng, Killarney, Hamber and Magee) and a central Library Services role, Liz was passionate about school libraries and their impact on adolescent growth, a leader in her field with many wonderful colleagues and friends.”

Barbara May Barnes
“In 1963, the family moved to Elliot Lake, where Barbara was an active member of the community. This involved, Girl Guide leadership, service on the Library Board and the Arts Club.”

Roxy Joanne Barnes
“Roxy spent 45 years doing librarian work and the last 16 years of her career as the Area Librarian in 100 Mile House. Upon her death, a colleague wrote of her respect and admiration for Roxy as a librarian and all she did for the 100 Mile Community.”

Marilyn Margaret Barry
“Marilyn was a proud teacher-librarian with the TDSB.”

Jackie Beebe
“During this time, Jackie was engaged in a number of community service projects and she held a position on the Sioux Lookout Library board.”

Joyce Merlyn Beeckmans
“Proud of her career as a Teacher/Librarian in the Toronto District School Board, she worked as a substitute teacher for several years before becoming a school librarian and English teacher at Eastern Commerce C.I.”

Sylvie Belzile
“Titulaire d’une maîtrise en bibliothéconomie de l’Université McGill et d’un MBA de HEC Montréal, elle a travaillé au sein de différents instituts scientifiques et bibliothèques, tant au Québec qu’en Ontario. Jusqu’à sa retraite en 2017, elle a dirigé, à titre de directrice, le service des bibliothèques et archives de l’Université de Sherbrooke.”

Evelyn Bergstrom
“After moving to Outlook in 1974, she was co-librarian at the Wheatland Library and for several years worked at the Outlook Pioneer Home as bookkeeper/manager.”

Mabel Bett
“While raising their two daughters (Kirstin and Erika) in Ottawa, she volunteered in their schools, which led to full-time work in library services at several area elementary schools.”

Cécile Bielech-Cook
“While continuing her long career in teaching, she received her B.Ed from the U of A and was the librarian at the St. Paul Regional High School until her retirement in 1986.”

Duane Binning
“He also served on the Library board and was instrumental in the building of the current library.”

Gael Blackhall
“Gael began her Library Career as a Children’s Librarian at Vancouver Public Library in 1979 and assumed other positions in both Outreach Services and the Sociology and Sports Division there until 1987 when she moved back to Calgary to work at the Calgary Public Library in various positions over the next 20 years.”

Mira Blazicevic
“Mira parlayed her love for books and reading into a career at the UBC library, from 1982 to 2006.”

Susan Cara Bloos
“Her impressive education spanned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Education and Master of Library and Information Science, which led her to a long, impactful career as a professional public librarian. She was committed to community engagement through new and innovative programming and was a champion of partnering with local organizations to enrich the lives of residents, especially those at risk.”

Phyllis Jane Blumel
“Phyllis attended high school in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University, earning a B.A. with a major in English Literature and a teacher’s certificate. She taught in Detroit for three years, grades 3 to 6, before going to Goose Bay, Labrador to teach in the American School. Phyllis met and married Horst Blumel in Labrador, and then moved with him to Amherst, Nova Scotia. She taught in River Hebert for five years, grades 7, 8, and 9 English and then three years in Amherst as a Librarian. Phyllis then went to Dalhousie to earn a Master of Library Services. It was after this that she went to Cornwallis, in 1972, as a Librarian. During those first years in Canning she became a Canadian Citizen and was the Librarian at Acadia University.”

Marie Boehm
“Before retirement, Marie was a teacher/librarian in Toronto.”

Deniz Bokesoy
“Deniz relished her work as a public librarian especially when it gave her the opportunity to connect with the community she served. She was particularly happy to help newcomers to Canada as well as those who struggled in society.”

Agnes Helen Bokross
“Indexer and archivist at the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Montreal, Multilingual annotator National Library of Canada, and Documentalist Public Service Commission of Canada.”

Patricia Margaret Borgerson
“She was active in the Girl Guide movement, and her intense love of books led her to work for the Rockglen Regional Library.”

Stéphanie Both (née Meszner)
“Stéphanie enrolled at the University of Calgary and obtained a Masters degree in Library Sciences. Later they moved to Montréal where she became a senior Librarian at McGill University.”

Ann Bourgeois
“Ann had many memories of her time in the classrooms in Kitchener, Ripley and lastly as the librarian at Huron Heights.”

Jean-Marc Bourgeois
“Homme de coeur, de lettres et de culture, M. Jean-Marc Bourgeois aura grandement contribué au développement de l’enseignement et au rayonnement des bibliothèques publiques, partout au Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.”

Gracia Bourque
“Once the children were older, Gracia accepted new challenges and volunteered at the Aylmer Public Library, eventually being hired on as staff until her retirement.”

Sharyn Bowes
“Sharyn worked at many Brampton libraries.”

Douglas Bruce Boylan
“Doug was a long-time and proud P.E.I. civil servant having served as Librarian of Confederation Centre Library, Provincial Archivist, Clerk of the Executive Council, Chair of the Royal Commission on the Land and finally as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.”

Margaret Ethel (Peg) Bradfield
“She very much enjoyed her role as a medical librarian at the Alberta Ministry of Health until her retirement in the mid-1980’s.”

Susan Bradley
“Sue loved teaching, and especially loved teaching children to read. She spent most of her career as a teacher and librarian at South Nelson Elementary School in Nelson.”

W. Ann Brauer
“She studied anthropology at the University of Toronto and became a respected and well-loved high school teacher and librarian.”

Mary Brennan
“She worked for the Durham Catholic District School Board for 35 years as a teacher, a librarian and in special education.”

Auvril Brown
“A former teacher and librarian, she was a woman of faith, whose passions were reading and walking.”

Betty Brown
“Betty loved knitting and crafting, was active in the community and worked in local municipal and school libraries.”

Emma Brown
“Emma was educated at the Salvation Army College, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University and a diploma in Library Science from the University of Toronto. She worked for 20 years as a librarian at Memorial University.”

Isabel Brown
“Isabel worked at the university library there until son Peter was born.”

Phyllis M. Brown
“After retirement in 1983, Phyllis continued her library work, setting up libraries for the public school board for several years on a part-time basis.”

Anne Bryant
“While living in Cochrane, Anne was most involved with the Nan Boothby Library as a Librarian.”

Joyce H. Buchanan
“intelligent, travel-loving, amateur historian & retired librarian”

Elizabeth Anne Budgell
“After sampling several career paths, Anne enrolled in UBC’s Library School. Earning a Master’s in Library Science, Anne joined the staff of Richmond Public Library. As the long-time Librarian at Steveston Branch, her popular children’s and baby-time programs earned her the sobriquet of “Queen of the animal noises”!”

Alexandra Bulchak
“Alexandra worked as a music librarian at Robart’s Library, University of Toronto, for many years.”

Primula Mary Bull
“After the war Prim returned to Canada and worked as a secretary, French teacher and librarian in Toronto.”

Mary Elizabeth (Hunter) Bulmer
“Mary worked in the library and later became a teacher.”

Mary Burrows
“In short order, she completed her GED and went on to start her Library Technician career at age 50. Mom enjoyed several years working on the Book Mobile, then found her home as the Librarian at the Lutheran Theological Seminary until her retirement at age 70.”

Sheila (Donnelly) Cadogan
“Sheila was a longtime employee of the County of Simcoe Library”

Alan Fergus Cameron
“After retiring from teaching, Alan volunteered at the Canadian War Museum, becoming an archivist in the museum Library for 28 years. He continued to enjoy this work into his 80s.”

Marion D. Cameron
“A graduate of the University of Toronto, Marion was on the staff of the University of Guelph Library and its predecessor, Massey Library, OAC, from 1956 to 1978.”

Bette Margaret Campbell
“Bette was chair of the Haileybury Public Library and a founding member of the Temiskaming Art Gallery.”

Carol Eileen Campbell
“She worked at Humber College for 41 years at the North Campus Library until her retirement.”

Rosemarie Campbell
“In her final teaching years, Rosemarie was a school librarian, which was a good fit for someone with such a passion for reading.”

Gemma Cantin
“Érudite, elle obtient un baccalauréat en physique de l’Université Laval en 1952, et une maîtrise en bibliothéconomie et en sciences de l’information de l’Université de Montréal en 1988. Elle a travaillé de 1975 à 1995 à la Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval, principalement à la Division du traitement.”

Joan (Marilyn) Canuel
“After touring Europe, she returned to Kingston, where she worked at Bell Telephone, and eventually moved on to follow her vocation at the Toronto Public Library. … When her children were older, Mum went back to work. She joined the staff at the Perth Library, where she happily worked for 10 years, retiring in 1994, only to begin volunteering there that same year.”

Valerie Adrienne Carey
“After she retired from her role as a Library Technician at Thompson Rivers University, her commitment to find new ways to spread knowledge and encourage unity carried on while being politically active as a founding member of the Kamloops/Shuswap Peace Council and an organizing member of many International Woman’s Day events.”

Jean Christine Carmichael
“After leaving the workforce to raise their three children, Jean returned to work, becoming a film librarian with the Department of Education Media Services until she retired.”

Jean Mary Cotter Carson
“Educated at Rothesay-Netherwood School, New Brunswick, Jean graduated from Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto Library School, U of T. Jean was a proud reference librarian in the Kitchener, Brantford, and Hamilton Region libraries.”

Linda Chicoine
“Linda completed a two-year diploma in Library Technology from Fanshawe College. Her love of reading had provided the perfect career choice.”

Philip R. Chiddell
“He had a varied career, first in hardware and sporting goods sales, then as a Baptist Minister, prior to finding his true vocation as librarian. Over the years he held positions at the University of Oregon, Vancouver City College, Vancouver Public Library, as well as the Gulf Islands School District. His final and most long-standing position was at Camosun College for the last 22 years of his career until his retirement in 1992.”

Alison Chipman
“Former editor at the Getty Information Institute Vocabulary Program. Recipient of ARLIS/NA Gerd Muehsam Award.”

Ellen Chopey
“She obtained a BEd in 1968 from the University of Calgary and served as a teacher-librarian in the Calgary schools.”

Jean Isabel Christensen
“After attending Althouse College at 40, Jean found joy in teaching English as a second language to many new Canadians and working in the London Public Library.”

Marjorie Allen “Bunny” Clarke
“She was a part time librarian with the Port Lambton Library, wrote a short book titled “Bunny Tales” and swam across the St. Clair River.”

Margaret Cliffe
“Margot was most proud of her work with the Library of Parliament in her final years of working and spoke often of it.”

Barbara Helen Clifford
“In 1957, while employed as the librarian at the National Film Board she met and married Paul, persuading him to sing tenor to her soprano.”

Emma Collins
“Masters in Library Sciences program at Dalhousie University”

Colleen M. Coppin
“Loving the university environment, she continued coursework and maintained herself by working as a library clerk at the UBC Sedgewick Library for four years.”

John Paul Costabile
“Paul was born in Toronto in 1960 and was educated at St. Michael’s College School and St. Michael’s College University of Toronto. He earned a postgraduate degree in Library science.”

Camile Côté
“She was the chief librarian at Bell Canada before becoming a professor in Library Science at McGill University.”

M. Elaine Cotterell
“Elaine was a teacher and a librarian in the Peel and Etobicoke regions.”

Elizabeth Couser
“She graduated from Concordia University in Library Sciences and worked at the McGill Library (McLennan) for over 15 years.”

Grace Mary Cowan
“Mary and Brian lived in Victoria, Galiano Island and Qualicum Beach where Mary also worked part time as an assistant librarian.”

Mona Emma Cram
“After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University and her Masters in Library Sciences from University of Toronto, Mona spent decades of her life in the Public Library System. She was a well known librarian, history enthusiast and respected businesswoman in Trinity Bay for many years.”

Bert Franklin Crandall
“Bert worked for 35 years as a Librarian in public and university libraries in various locations – Vancouver, Burnaby, Victoria – before moving to Toronto, where he was a Reference Librarian. He later became the Manager of the Toronto Public Library, Long Branch location.”

Kerry Kendall Cranstone
“Kerry took pride in the fact she had three careers; Geologist, Mother and Library Technician and she pursued all of them with dedication.”

Timothy Craven
“He taught Library and Information Science at Western University for more than thirty years, and authored numerous publications, most notably String Indexing (1986).”

Linda Crosby
“Linda had a passion for literature and enjoyed her position as Research and Curriculum Librarian at Fanshawe College.”

Larisa Curr
“she was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 Ladies Auxiliary, St. George’s Orthodox Church and served with the public library board for nine years, including a three year term as president.”

Beverly Dalley
“Bev retired from the U of W, Leddy Library.”

Lynda Margaret Daun
“While raising her children Lynda completed a BA at the University of Manitoba, and then had a 25 year career at the Winnipeg Public Library, where she specialized in children’s services.”

Elizabethann David
“Betty passion for “words” also lead her to sit on the Kamsack Library Board.”

Dorothy Louise (Forse) Davies-Flindall
“Dorothy completed her B.A. at McMaster University followed up by a Library Science degree from the University of Toronto. Dorothy completed her full-time career after twenty-four years as Director at Trenton Public Library yet still managed to spend her spare time continuously helping others.”

Bryce Day
“Bryce worked for 20 years at the Teck Centennial Library until her retirement in 2003.”

Elizabeth Anne “Betty-Anne” De Shield
“After retirement, she was librarian for Price Waterhouse, tutor for Adult Literacy in Toronto and a volunteer librarian at Regent Park Public School (renamed Nelson Mandela Public School).”

Verona Dechene
“Verona had a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Library Science from McGill University and was by profession a librarian.”

Hélène Dechief
“After her war service, Hélène pursued an accomplished career with the Canadian National Railroad (CNR) beginning as a Systems Librarian and went on to be appointed Head Librarian, achieving the notable accomplishment of becoming the highest ranking woman at the time.”

Valerey Marian Dempster
“Valerey did library work in Edmonton and Calgary, and later at Douglas College in Surrey, followed by Manpower in Port Coquitlam.”

Vera Joyce Denny
“She was a life-long learner completing her B.A. degree from Waterloo Lutheran University in 1970 as well as librarian qualification courses in the subsequent years.”

Bernard “Bernie” Desjardins
“Bernie served on the board of the Trenton Public Library including as Chairman of the Board”

Patricia Helen Dewdney
“Patricia worked in the London library system, ending as Director of Community Relations at the London Public Library. Patricia entered the PhD program at Western, completing her degree in 1986 with a brilliant thesis that led to a book titled Communicating Professionally, a handbook of librarianship that has become something of a bible among librarians. Subsequently she joined the UWO faculty in Library Science.”

Rosemary Diamond
“Rosemary worked as a school secretary for many years in Brossard, Quebec and later worked at the Astronomy Library at the University of Toronto.”

Rosemarie Marion Dickson
“After secondary school, in addition to working in the fields of Library services, Accounting, Office Management, Communications and Public Relations, Rose tapped into and fulfilled her deep social and political activism, in many areas.”

Marion L. Dixon
“After graduation she worked at the Chatham Public Library before moving to New York where she had taken a position at the Columbia University Library. After 5 years there she returned to Vancouver and resumed her career at the Vancouver Public Library. Marion spent the rest of her career working in various positions at the VPL including as Branch head, President of the Staff Association and finishing her career as a member of the Science and Technology Division.”

Irene V. Dobson
“She met Ross, the love of her life, while working as librarian at the Globe and Mail in Toronto.”

Marjorie Barbara Douglas
“An avid reader, she graduated from the University of Toronto Library School in 1932 and began her library career at Trinity College, U of T. … In 1961, they became a two-librarian family. George was appointed Librarian of Knox College and, after a 23-year interlude, Marjorie resumed her library career at the North York Public Library, retiring at the age of 65, a mere 45 years ago.”

Betty Drummond
“Betty was a medical librarian at the Charles Frost Co; she served as head librarian at the Markdale Library for 16 years and also sat on the board of the West Grey Library.”

Allen Dufour
“Monsieur Dufour a résidé pendant 41 ans à Sherbrooke où il a occupé le poste de directeur de la bibliothèque municipale durant plusieurs années.”

Bruce Dunn
“From 1990 until his retirement in 2017, Bruce worked in a variety of roles in four elementary schools in the Thames Valley District School Board and the former City of London School Board. His assignments included classroom teacher, teacher librarian and vice principal.”

Diane Dunnet
“She taught at Canyon Heights Elementary and later became the librarian at Capilano Elementary.”

Sister Jane Dwyer
“She was very much loved by her students at St. Joseph’s Islington, St. Joseph’s College School and St. Joseph’s Morrow Park, where she was also the librarian.”

James Edward Dyment
“He was Head Librarian at Westmount Secondary School and then Sherwood Secondary School in Hamilton until 1996.”

Margaret Ruth Dyne
“Besides being teacher, wife and mother, Margaret’s accomplishments were many. To name a few, she started the Thompson Library, she was a board member that enacted the Brokenhead Regional Library in Beausejour, she was very involved in the Women’s Institute which promotes women in rural areas, she was past president and while living in LDB and Beausejour, she sat on the Provincial Board and held a life time membership.”

Hope “Lorraine” Eastwood
“Lorraine was an avid reader, so it was natural that she served the Village of Waterdown as head librarian for many years.”

Jacqueline Eisenberg
“In pursuit of ongoing education, she went back to school after which she was a long-time employee on the Information Desk of the Windsor Public Library (Mrs. Google before there was Google).”

Ruth Marie Elliott
“She began her career at the Dundas Public Library and retired from McMaster University, Health Sciences Library after 36 years of service.”

Bryce Erickson
“Bryce worked in the Library at The University of Saskatchewan in the mid ’70s.”

Lynn Erickson
“She returned to UBC to obtain a masters degree in Library Science, graduating in 1977. She worked for Burnaby Public Library as a children and reference librarian.”

Ture Erickson
“Ture enjoyed his career as a librarian at UBC. He particularly enjoyed taking part in the building of the new Sedgewick Library for which the architects won an award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1972.”

Barbara D. Eso
“Barb was a long-serving member of the Richmond Library Board and later became the Chair of the GVRD Library Board.”

Sheila Fabrizio
“They were active in Immaculate Health of Mary parish, where Sheila was school librarian until they moved to Klamath Falls in 1989.”

Marika Ina Julia Fadavi
“Marika was then working at the Toronto Reference Library, where she met her husband, Sohrab.”

Marion Farmer
“Marion also worked at the Woodstock Public Library. It was during this time that her love of books blossomed. She read all she could and made sure that her grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren were exposed to the finest in Canadian literature.”

Margaret Ann Ferguson
“Learning to read before she could walk, she never stopped reading and received her Masters of Library Service at Dalhousie University. Following that, she accepted a position with the Calgary Board of Education for many years until ill health forced her into retirement in 2002 and returned to Nova Scotia in 2005.”

Constance Isabel Fetchison
“Connie had a great love of learning and literature and she enjoyed a rewarding career as a librarian. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1950, she studied library science at the University of Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, receiving her M.L.S. in 1951. She first worked at the Oshawa Public Library as a Children’s Librarian. Thereafter, Connie returned to London to raise her family and to continue her career with the London Public Library. Starting in September 1964, she worked at various locations including the Central Library and several branch libraries (Carson, Argyle, Westown and Landon). She also served as Head of the Mobile Libraries in the early 1970s, and had a key role in the development of library services to shut-ins. Retiring in June 1987 after an almost twenty-three year career at the London Public Library, Connie was able to take time to enjoy her favourite pastimes of travel, theatre and music.”

Cynthia Filimowski
“A career at CAE and later at Flyer Industries as a technical librarian opened the door to new friends and many entertaining dinners and gatherings.”

Marjorie (Marge) Flechuk
“She was the librarian in Vermilion for 9 years. They moved to Vegreville in 1977 where she served as librarian until her retirement in 1985.”

Brenda Ann Folkerts
“Brenda turned her passion for reading and books into a 30-year career with the Hamilton Public Library.”

Betty Ford
“After raising their children she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science and enjoyed working for many years as a school librarian.”

“Midge” Sharon Fowler
“Midge worked for the Calgary Board of Education for many years as a Library Assistant and did much volunteer work as well.”

Ruth Frantz
“She received training in librarianship and took a position in the University of Alberta Education Library. She worked in this library for 15 years, some of her happiest years, where she served the students and faculty and made many lasting friends among the staff.”

Auralie Fraser
“She received an Ontario Bi-Centennial Community award in 1984 for her many years of volunteering after setting up and running a public library in Chalk River, Ontario.”

Mary-Reay Freve
“Her career was in library science which brought her to diverse libraries in England, British Columbia, and finally as chief librarian of the Arts and Architecture Library at M.I.T. in Massachusetts. When she and her husband moved to Truro, she became Chief Librarian of Colchester East Hants Regional Library until her retirement.”

Frances Mary Frost
“Settled with young children, her love of reading led her to become head of the local library.”

Mildred “Millie” Fuller
“She volunteered on the Longview Library Board and also enjoyed Sunday morning coffee with the locals.”

Marjorie (Madge) Fullerton
“Passionate about the arts and reading, Madge was one of the founders of the Montreal West Public Library and served on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Children’s Library.”

Louis A. Gaal
“After a journey to Vancouver, Canada, he returned to Montreal to work at the Physical Science Library of McGill University from where he retired after 30 years.”

Mary Donna Garbutt
“Mary worked for Lakehead University in the library Acquisitions Department for 25 years. During this time, she also volunteered with her union OPEIU Local 81/96 where she held many executive positions and then later became the local president.”

Roger Gardiner
“Roger taught high school for six years before becoming an academic librarian in 1967 at The University of Western Ontario where he developed collections to support research and study in areas of medieval history, classical studies, visual arts and art history.”

Kathleen “Kaye” Garner
“Retired Librarian for the City of Toronto”

Joan Garrett
“Joan joined the staff at the Elmvale Public Library as assistant to the head librarian where she led the children’s Storybook Reading Program.”

Judy May Garrow
“She graduated from Beaver Brae Secondary School and went on to work at the Kenora Public Library.”

Annmarie Gates
“Annmarie’s love of reading led her to chair the New Westminster Library Board in the 70’s and she was an active volunteer and chair of the Lions Bay Reading Centre.”

Lila Claire Gaughan
“Lila was employed at the Sudbury General Hospital for over 30 years as a Medical Record Librarian, and completed her career as the Manager of Medical Records.”

Marion Geddes
“Marion worked for the Edmonton Public School Board as a library assistant at Westlawn Junior High for 14 years.”

June Geiler
“After raising her children, she worked at Sweet 16 Dress Store, Coles Bookstore, and the Brandon Library.”

Mary Ada Victoria (DeMedio) Giacomelli
“She graduated as a teacher from Ontario Normal School and had a long and fruitful career starting at Holy Rosary, and later as a librarian and speech correction teacher.”

Robin William Gilbert
“ten years as a member/Chair of the Wellington County Library Board”

Florence Audrey Gilchrist
“After many years as a library technician at Brentwood Library and the Ontario Ministry of Housing Library, Audrey spent her retirement assisting and encouraging her son, J. Brian Gilchrist, in his career as a genealogy researcher and speaker.”

Janet Gilmour
“After her divorce in 1980, Mom took a library technician course at SIAST and then worked at Holy Cross High School for 22 years. She loved working with the staff and students there.”

Peter Girard
“After completing a degree in Library Science at the University of British Columbia, he moved East, settling in Kingston where he worked as a librarian at Queen’s University until his retirement in 1993.”

Marion Morton Cree Given
“Widowed suddenly at age 50, she learned to drive and went back to teach full time with the Waterloo Region District School Board as a Teacher-Librarian who loved children and books.”

Rose Elizabeth Goosens
“Many will remember her as wonderful teacher who taught in many Norfolk schools, ending her career as the librarian at South Public School in Simcoe.”

Effie Brook Gordon
“She became a highly valued reference librarian, first at the Saskatoon Public Library and later at Langara College Library in Vancouver. At the library, she prided herself on finding answers to the most esoteric inquiries long before Google!”

Linda Grace
“She was a teacher in her early career in Delisle, Sk, and then a bilingual teacher and librarian in Saskatoon – jobs in which she delighted.”

Robert Anthime Graham
“Robert was a retiree of the Hamilton Public Library”

Patricia Doreen Grant
“Post-university, the couple and their growing children lived abroad in Glasgow, London and Rome before settling in Ottawa, where Pat worked as a library technician for many years.”

James Gray
“He followed his love of reading to SAIT, graduating with a Library Information Technology diploma and working in school and public libraries. He was an excellent storyteller and always had a recommendation ready. His favourite was the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He met his wife, Sophy Gray, at the library in Inuvik and that was the start of their story.”

Stephen William Greenhalgh
“Stephen received his Master of Arts degree, majoring in History and Masters in Library and Information Science both from the University of Alberta. He was working for the Government of Alberta as an Information Sharing Analyst.”

Helen (Haslam) Greves
“During the early sixties, Helen started working two jobs to support her family, working at Niagara District Secondary School as secretary to Ben Bramble and NOTL Library as librarian in the old Court House.”

Violet Gunderson
“She worked at the Vancouver Public Library for 21 years.”

Frances “Pat” Gwyneth Hamilton
“Pat was enormously proud of having been a professional Librarian in Dalhousie University’s library system until 1976. While there, she was well-liked, and respected by students and staff.”

Philip Hammel
“After four years, the family moved to Regina where Philip was the librarian at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, College of Education library. In 1968, Philip moved to Saskatoon to establish a program for teacher librarians in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan.”

Eileen Anne Hammill
“In the 1980’s, Eileen was instrumental in the establishment of the Southern Ontario Library Service and served on a provincial government task force on public library funding and was recognized by the Ontario Public Library Association as Trustee of the Year in 1990. In her nearly 30 years as a member of the Guelph Public Library Board, the library grew from a circulation of less than 400,000 to 1.8 million, and from one location to six.”

Lorraine Harris
“In retirement, she was a world traveller, part-time genealogist, gardener, Community Volunteer Income Tax preparer, and an active board member of Woodlawn Cemetery, and Mississauga Public Library Board.”

Yvonne Harris
“She was very active in local affairs having served on the Library Board, the Housing Authority and Lock’s Community.”

R. David Hawkins
“He was a bright and talented man who sailed through University and then spent six years in Nova Scotia as a Chief Librarian, following which he worked as a research librarian for the City of Scarborough, Ontario, until his retirement.”

Janet A. Hayes
“Later, living in Kelowna in civilian life, Janet enjoyed learning and exploring as an employee of the Okanagan Library system.”

Lloyd Heaslip
“retired Librarian and Senior Manager at the Library of Parliament”

Katherine Helmer
“She has worked as a board member and chair of the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library which included the preservation of the building which housed the library”

Mary Ann Hemmings
“Many readers, young and old, who visited the Eastern Counties Regional Library in the 1970’s, were assisted by Mary who served as librarian.”

Julia Hendry
“Julia’s professional life culminated in her role as head of archives and special collections at Wilfrid Laurier University. Earlier, she served as assistant special collections librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with special attention to the records of Hull-House and the Chicago Urban League.”

Lisa Hennessey
“A native Calgarian, Lisa attained the degree of Masters of Library Science from the University of Toronto. She spent 30 plus years at Competitive Insurance Strategies specializing in employee benefits and financial planning.”

Conti Aileen Hewitson
“Returning to Canada, the family eventually moved to Beaconsfield, Quebec and, in 1971, to Gloucester, Ontario. There Conti took a Museum Technology course at Algonquin College in Ottawa and worked for many years at the Canadian Museum of History Museum.”

Joy N. Hibberd
“She worked as an assistant librarian at Max Cameron High School for nearly twenty years.”

Michael Alfred Sampson Hick
“Among other things he was chair of the library board, chair of the PUC, consulted on quality management for a factory in Russia and wrote a weekly column for the local paper.”

Diana Bowes Hill
“Di was a gifted communicator, story-teller, advocate, teacher of the deaf, librarian, sewer, knitter, and writer.”

Lester “Les” Himmelman
“After retiring, Les was employed with South Shore Regional Library.”

Irene Horne
“Irene got her degree at UBC and then taught K-12 students for many years before becoming the librarian at Viscount Alexander School in Port Coquitlam.”

Petronella (Nel) Hubers
“After graduating with an education degree from UBC, Nel spent her working years in Abbotsford, first teaching high school English, then as school librarian after completing her Masters of Library Science degree.”

Elizabeth Leslie Hunsicker
“Finding herself as the sole provider for three boys aged 12 to 17 after the death of her husband in 1986, Elizabeth began further teacher training so that she would be applicable for higher paying jobs and became qualified not only as a specialist in senior English, but also as a teacher librarian.”

Elizabeth “Betty” Kay Hunter
“Betty was a qualified librarian. She was responsible for setting up Kemptville Agricultural College’s library and she threw her usual enthusiasm for life into this endeavor, receiving accolades. In Brockville, Betty was the first “Sunday” librarian at the Public Library before moving into the healthcare sector: as Program Coordinator with the Lanark Leeds & Grenville Lung Association and then Executive Director with the Huron-Perth Lung Association.”

Gordon Reid Hutcheson
“Gordon was a dedicated community member, serving on the Oak Bay Centennial committee (organizing the Oak Bay clock), the GVP Library Board and VP of the BC Summer Games.”

James “Jim” Hutchinson
“Jim was a versatile upper elementary school teacher who specialized in teaching gifted students and later worked as a teacher-librarian.”

Daina (Dinah) Hyder
“In 1977, Dinah began a 31-year career at the Pointe-Claire Public Library, where she occupied various functions after obtaining her Diploma in Library studies at Concordia University in 1983, retiring at age 72. Throughout her career and life, she exhibited a passionate love of learning and books, of nature and the outdoors.”

Diane Hynes
“When she developed MS and couldn’t nurse anymore, she went back to school and became a library technician for another 20 years (Saskatoon, Sudbury, Ottawa).”

Lil Hysop
“In 1979 Lil returned to the workforce in a number of different office positions around Killarney until she started at Lakeland Regional Library. Lil’s love of reading and business knowledge were an ideal match to the Library setting. She continued to work there as Head Librarian until her retirement in 1997.”

Margaret Ko Imai-Compton
“She studied Library Science at U of T and went on to work in market research. From corporate life, she went on to start her own company specializing in qualitative research. She was honoured by the Market Research Intelligence Association as a Research Fellow.”

Ernest (Ernie) Boyce Ingles
“A graduate of the Universities of Calgary and British Columbia, Ernie Ingles was one of Canada’s preeminent academic librarians and library innovators.”

Pauline Ingram
“She also lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba for over 30 years and worked at The St. James Assiniboia Library as an Executive Assistant.”

June Elizabeth Ives
“June taught kindergarten at Prince of Wales and Central Public Schools and retired as teacher-librarian at Ridpath Public School in Lakefield ON.”

Margaret Jacobs
“She worked briefly as a librarian, but ill health forced her to retire to Selo Gardens in Regina in 1991.”

Carina Jacobsen
“As well as raising 3 children, she completed a BA from Western University, where she would later work in the library system.”

Louise Janke
“Later, she worked as an elementary school librarian in Morris and Morden.”

Muriel Alice Vivian Jefferies
“Once the children were in school she started volunteering at Dorval Library. She went back to college and obtained her Library Science degree then became the Librarian. Muriel passed on her love of reading and books to many including adults she taught to read wherever she lived.”

Sharon Jeeves
“Sharon found work in Wolseley that she loved: first, in a day care centre she started and ran for a year and a half, and then as librarian for 21 years of the local branch of Southeast Regional Library. With a lifelong love of reading behind her, she welcomed children to the library, knew the kinds of books each reader wanted, and introduced classes, authors, a summer reading program and opportunities such as star-gazing and a teddy bear tea.”

Marlene Jeffreys
“In Edmonton she worked for the City of Edmonton Public Library as a Manager of Purchasing.”

Ronald M. Johnston
“Ron was an avid reader and was able to share this passion with others during his years working on the Oakville Public Library Bookmobile.”

Sandra Johnston
“Some of her fondest memories were times spent with colleagues in her work as an English teacher at Highlands Junior High in Edmonton, and as a library assistant at F.R. Haythorne Junior High School and Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park.”

Irma Ellen (Wansbrough) Kadela
“Irma began her career in 1953 as Children’s Librarian at the St. Thomas Public Library, and then worked as Head of Children’s Services at the North York Public Library. She was Chief Librarian at Richmond Hill and Port Credit Public Libraries until her move to the K-W area where she worked as a library consultant for the Waterloo Public School Board and then as librarian for Conrad Grebel College. She worked for many years as the Head of Children’s services for the Waterloo Region Libraries, servicing branch libraries throughout the region and organizing numerous author visits for children.”

Helen Kaminski
“Helen worked as a Librarian in Melfort and her favourite job was story time, where she would read to the young children.”

Malva Kannins
“Malva spent thirty four years as a librarian with the Toronto Public Library system.”

Francis Karain
“His career included positions as teacher, principal, librarian, university lecturer, and educational psychologist.”

Margaret (Marnie) Kearns
“Marnie’s second career was with Sarnia Public Library – working on the bookmobile, and later the regional office in Wyoming. “

Marjorie Kelley
“She was a devoted educator for thirty-five years working for the Toronto Board of Education as a teacher, librarian and consultant in school librarianship.”

Marianne Jeanne Kelly
“An educator at heart, she took great joy in her role as high school teacher and librarian for 25 years.”

Jai (Jairam) Khemraj
“Jai was a valued and long-term employee of the Orillia Public Library where he built many long-lasting friendships.”

Elinor Louise Kidd
“Elinor started her teaching career in Oshawa and she was a teacher-librarian in Whitby, Ajax, and Pickering.”

John Charles Kirkpatrick
“John was an Honours Political Science graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto, had a varied career in journalism and latterly worked at the Law Library at McGill University.”

Valarie Kowalkovski
“For over 35 years, Valarie worked as a medical library technician at LHSC.”

Patricia Anne Kudirka
“Pat retired after 32 and a 1/2 years as the Head Technician at the Chatham-Kent Public Library.”

Rita Alice Kuntz
“Once the kids were grown, she returned to work at SHNB and Battleford library as the librarian.”

Jacqueline Lahaie
“Jackie was an avid reader in both languages who worked at the Timmins Public Library for 32 years.”

Kathleen Miriam “Kay” Lake
“After graduation in 1944, she worked at the Saskatoon Public Library. Kay’s schooling then took her to the University of Toronto where she obtained her Degree in Library Science; and, upon returning to Saskatoon, Kay was in charge of the Public Library Reference department from 1948-1953. As a teacher librarian, she was passionate about reading and writing, and her love of books has been passed on to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

Beverley Lamb
“Dunc and Bev sold the store in 1970 and moved to Portage la Prairie where Bev worked at the Portage Library.”

Louis Landreville
“He was involved in many voluntary organizations and was one of the founding members and director of Hull’s first public library; once retired, he created and managed Biblio-Amis, a non-profit organization providing books to primary schools in Gatineau.”

Roy Landry
“He taught at Kings County Vocational HighSchool in Kentville, Carleton County Vocational School in Woodstock, N.B. and Digby Regional High School, where he ended his career as a teacher-librarian.”

William Latham
“He ended his career as librarian at White Pines and volunteered with Friends of the Library sitting on the Library Board of the Sault Public Library for years.”

Louise Lavigne
“Louise worked at the city of Windsor Library for 29 years.”

Hazel Maude Lazier
“Hazel worked 34 years for the Toronto Public School Board as a school librarian, retiring in 1978. She remained active in retirement, volunteering for several years on the East York Library Board and then the Ontario and Canadian Library Trustees Associations, working her way up to president of both groups. The Hazel Maude Lazier Children’s Room at the Thorncliffe branch of the Toronto Public Library honours her many years of service to the library.”

Raymond Léger
“Il fréquente l’Université d’Ottawa pour obtenir un BA, un B Ed, et un BA en bibliothéconomie.”

Margaret Lehman
“Margaret will be remembered for her intellect and her love of books having been both a teacher and a librarian.”

Josephine Yvonne Margaret “Jo” (Hovelaque) Lennox
“Later her family moved to Duncan so that Jo could attend Queen Margaret’s school then on to Victoria to attend Victoria College, followed by UBC and then the University of Toronto graduating as a librarian.”

Joan Leydon
“Joan relished her work with the Weyburn Public Library Board, the IODE Travelling Art Program, the Soo Line Historical Society, the Girl Guides.”

Mary Evelyn Locke
“Mary was a school teacher, librarian, tireless volunteer, talented artist, but most especially an amazing mother.”

Elizabeth Mary Lockett
“In the early 60’s, she graduated from library school at McGill, subsequently holding a variety of library positions.”

Joan Maas
“She then worked many years as medical secretary at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and, at the age of forty-eight, fulfilled a lifelong dream and enrolled full time in a university Bachelor’s program in Library Science. Followed many happy years working at McGill University’s McLennan Library.”

Gary MacDonald
“He started his career as a librarian at North York Public Library and subsequently taught library technicians at SAIT. He finished his career in information systems at SAIT where he designed the institution’s email system.”

Sarah MacIntosh
“After many years with the Victoria Public Library, ill health forced her early retirement”

Lori Anne Louella MacKenzie
“A graduate of MSVU and SMU, she was an avid reader and turned that passion into many years of work at libraries, including Halifax Public Libraries.”

Pamela MacKenzie
“In Toronto, Pamela was the librarian at the Toronto Botanical Garden’s library for 23 years.”

Mary Elizabeth MacKinnon
“She moved to Oakville in 1974, graduating from Sheridan College’s Library Technician program. During her later career, she developed an extensive library, at the Domglass Research Facility at Sheridan Park.”

Linda Ruth MacNeill
“After earning degrees in French at Acadia University and Library Science at UBC, Linda started her career as a librarian at Carleton University in Ottawa. As the Media Librarian at Langara College, Linda was an expert in the field, promoting the use of new technologies in education. She taught media literacy classes at both Langara and UBC library programs. She helped develop the BC Media Exchange Cooperative. She was known for her lively presentations at library and media conferences, workshops and committees.”

Carole Anne Macphee
“In her early career she worked at the Bank of Montreal, Radar Base Library and the Steel Centre Credit Union.”

Margaret Ann Maher (nee Coady)
“Following her nursing career, Margaret also enjoyed working at the Kitchener Public Library for 18 years. She delighted in spreading the gift of reading to others and being surrounded by learning.”

Judith Mansell
“She retired in May 2013 from the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) with 45 years’ service.”

Dorothy Grace Marshall
“She began a second career working at the Wychwood Branch of the Toronto Public Library, and rounded out her active years as volunteer archivist for the Canadian Opera Company.”

Pauline Mathezer
“Pauline was a teacher in Bristol for eight years and eventually moved to Canada in 1966, getting a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science at UBC before moving to Ottawa where she met Gordon. … After a time working at the U of C library, Pauline taught Library and Information Technology at SAIT.”

Linda Elisabeth Matthews
“Linda was a dedicated employee of Trent University for many years, working in both the Library and Research Office.”

Patricia A. Matthew
“Pat spent her career as an accomplished grade 1 teacher, retiring as librarian.”

Gail McEvoy
“Gail will be remembered as a voracious reader, bridge player, former chair of the Nepean Library Board and her many world travels and former colleagues at Health Canada.”

Joan Alice McGregor
“After having two children she decided to follow her love of books and became a librarian with the City of Winnipeg, which she continued until her retirement. Her time as a teacher and librarian instilled the love of reading in both her children and grandchildren.”

Irene McLeod
“During her 40s she returned to school obtaining her Library Technician certificate from Sheridan College in Oakville after which she had a career at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus Library until her retirement.”

Linda McLeod
“Later she would begin working at Haig School as the Noon Supervisor, and eventually moved into the role of Library Assistant for many years after, before retiring. She loved being at school and enjoyed every second being around the children in the library.”

Maureen Newell McMechan
“Maureen stayed home and raised their children. She then ventured out and took a job, working at the Richview Public Library, where she worked for many happy years.”

Patricia Anne McMillan
“She was a teacher librarian and dedicated her career to instilling her love of books and reading in her students.”

Lachlan Macasksill McNair
“Obtained all his degrees from University of Toronto, including Bachelor (1967) and Master (1980) of Library Science. Respected colleague of many at the University of Toronto Libraries, where he worked for 41 years in Collections Development. Lachlan had joined the Library in 1967 as its Classics Selector; later becoming responsible for Philosophy, and for the German collection as well. He was greatly admired by his colleagues for the clarity of his written work and his knowledge of the library’s history, its policies and procedures. Though retired in 2008, he was pleased to assist thereafter with several project on a volunteer basis.”

Elizabeth “Betty” McNamara
“She was a former employee of Workers’ Compensation and the New Glasgow Library.”

Elizabeth (Betty) McNamee
“In Canada, she largely devoted herself to taking care of her family, but worked as the librarian at Loyola High School for about ten years after her children were older.”

Beverley McTaggart
“Bev worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Delaware as the beloved Librarian for more than 20 years.”

Bonnie Jean Mech
“Bonnie’s career included 13 years at the Calgary City Library and 30 years at Pan Canadian Energy (later EnCana) as a Supervisor and Records Administration.”

Nicola Meffe
“He worked at the Toronto Public Library as a manager overseeing custodial services of over 30 properties and 70 staff, until his retirement 35 years later, continuing on with Classic Cleaning until his 80’s.”

Sandra Ann Mikalonis
“She obtained a B Ed. and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Alberta where she taught as a sessional for several years.”

Rose Mill
“Mom became a librarian and worked for many years at the Waverly branch of Thunder Bay Public Library, where she made many lifelong friends, not only with her co-workers but also the patrons of the branch. She would love when a stranger would approach her and say to her “I remember you from the library”. In those early days, she became part of the school library program, where the branch would send books to the schools so students who could not get to the branch still had the opportunity to check out books.”

Gwyneth (Gwen) Ann Miller
“Gwen provided dedicated service to the Spruce Grove Public Library when she returned to work.”

Doreen Milman-Wilson
“She was brilliant in her career as a medical librarian.”

M.H. Donley Mogan
“He was a retired teacher-librarian with the North York Board of Education and taught at York Mills Collegiate for more than 20 years.”

Margaret Mooney
“Margaret was a retired kindergarten teacher and school librarian with the North York Board of Education.”

Norma Lois Moore
“Norma worked at the Kingston TWSP Public Library before retirement.”

Leigh D. Morrison
“Leigh was an avid reader, with a book in hand until the end, and one of her most gratifying experiences was in serving her community as Chair of the Burlington Public Library Board.”

Kathleen “Kay” Moseley
“Inspired by her love of books and reading, she attended Langara College in the Library Technician program, and then worked in various Richmond secondary schools.”

Michael Richard Mostovich
“In addition to being an Intermediate teacher/librarian, he was a linesman for the C.P.R., log salvager, fishing guide, home builder/renovator, and sales rep for Bristol Myers.”

Denise Mousseau
“In Ottawa, Denise earned a specialist certificate in School Librarianship and worked as a teacher-librarian in several secondary schools.”

Jean Mousseau
“She spent the next 15 years working for the Calgary Catholic School Board as school librarian at St. Patrick and secretary at St. Angela and Blessed Kateri.”

Gwen Mowbray
“Gwen was a mother of five, member and chair of the Pickering Library Board and Museum Board for over 25 years”

Andrzej Mrozewski
“In 1972 he accepted the position of Chief Librarian at Laurentian University.”

Larraine Murphy
“She continued her studies at the Western Reserve University, School of Library Science and achieved her MLS in Library Science in 1968. She worked as Librarian at Cleveland Public Library Business Information Division for seven years before resigning to marry Larry Murphy on August 18, 1973. Larraine lived in Toronto for 10 months before moving to Hamilton to become Stelco’s Business Librarian.”

Maureen Clare Myers
“She also served on the boards of Maple City Country Club, the Chatham Public Library and St. Andrew’s Residence.”

Sylvie Nadeau
“She worked in Campbellton as head of the Haut-Saint-Jean Library Region and concurrently as Executive Director of the New Brunswick Public Library Service for several years until returning to Fredericton to continue in the latter capacity. Her vision and dedication to literacy pushed her to develop a library system that would give all New Brunswickers access to all possible resources, wherever they lived. Her accomplishments garnered national and international praise.”

Janet Nash
“She also worked at the Marigold Library system.”

Ryan Nayler
Ryan graduated from the iSchool at the University of Toronto in 2011 and worked in various positions in the University of Toronto Libraries. He joined the Native Counselling Services of Alberta as Digital Librarian & Communications Officer.

Kelly Vivian Neill
“Throughout her life Kelly worked as a lifeguard, librarian, bookkeeper, volunteer, business partner and the job that gave her the most joy, being at home to raise her sons.”

Margaret “Betty” Neilson
“Long-time resident of Manotick and retired librarian of the Manotick Public Library.”

Margaret Alice Newman
“She was a retired teacher librarian and shared her love of books and learning with her own boys, her students and her friends throughout the many books clubs that she enjoyed.”

Ursula Nicholas
“An avid reader Ursula spent her career as a librarian in the children’s department introducing so many children into the wonders of reading.”

Réjean Normandin
“Nous gardons de lui le souvenir d’un ami sympathique et d’un bibliothécaire compétent et dévoué au Cégep de Granby.”

Cynthia Norris
“She worked as a Librarian, for many years, at the University of Western Ontario.”

Margaret (Hobbs) North
“Margaret later worked in the Winnipeg Public Library until her retirement in 1986”

Carol Diane Nunn
“Born and raised in Brantford, Carol worked as a Librarian at McMaster University where she met the love of her life, Vic.”

Dorothy Ellen Nuthall
“They moved to South Surrey in 1968, where Dorothy worked as a librarian and a teacher in the Surrey School District, at Sunnyside Elementary, Thrift Elementary and Ray Shepherd Elementary Schools, where she was well loved by her co-workers and students.”

Mary Nutting
“In the year 2000, after several years of volunteering with the Grande Prairie Museum, Mary became the founding Executive Director for the South Peace Regional Archives, where she would work for the next 17 years.”

George Arthur O’Neill
“He worked as a librarian at Regis College in Toronto.”

Phil Ochs
“Phil influenced a great many young people during a 30-year career as a teacher, librarian and coach at Malden Central Public School and Colchester North Public School.”

Sheila Oickle
“She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High and the Halifax Infirmary School of Medical Library Science. After graduation, she was employed by the Victoria General Hospital as a Medical Records Librarian and several years later as the head of that department.”

Edna Catherine Olive
“After her husband’s death in 1966, Edna spent a number of years in Wolseley and Oxbow, but most of the remainder of her life she lived at Indian Head where she worked as a book-keeper and librarian and was active in numerous community activities.”

Manuela Palma
“During her 44 years in Ottawa, she worked for the Multilingual Biblio Service at Library and Archives Canada in the late 1970s, later working at home with her children.”

Dale Elizabeth Palmer
“Dale attended Seneca College studying library sciences. Upon graduation, she began work at the Newmarket Public Library where she was a fixture for many years.”

Doreen Edris Parker
“Once her children were self- sufficient she dove into a satisfying career in the local library system.”

Lina Patch Surprenant
“Lina adorait la lecture et la culture, elle a oeuvré pendant 27 ans comme responsable de la bibliothèque de Farnham.”

Dorothy Evelyn Pearson
“She graduated from Victoria College, Toronto, in 1947 with First Class Honours in English and Philosophy and was for twenty years Chief Librarian at North Albion Collegiate.”

Thelma Pepper
“Thelma was determined to have her children develop a love of reading through good books. As president of the children’s PAC, she oversaw the creation of the city’s first school library where children had access to good books – anytime.”

Solange Perreault
“She enjoyed travelling and visiting family and friends throughout a well-deserved retirement from being a teacher and librarian.”

William “Bill” Perry
“After obtaining several degrees from the University of British Columbia, the University of Edmonton and Western University (London, ON.) in Education and Library Science, Bill moved to Ottawa in the late ’60s. He was a teacher/librarian at Brookfield High School until his retirement.”

Joan Margaret Phillips
“She worked full time for most of her married life, and retired working at the University of Manitoba in the medical library.”

Rosemary Phillips
“Worked at the [Orillia] Public Library from 1978-2000”

Harold Wayne Pointen
“Wayne served his entire work career (no sick days) as educator in Latin, Greek, English, and history and as assistant librarian at Woodroffe High School, Ottawa.”

Mary Lois Pollard
“Lois was a librarian by profession holding a BA from UWO (1946), a Librarian’s Certificate (1947) and a Master of Library Science from U of T (1970). Throughout her career she was employed by several libraries and institutions in London, Brantford and Toronto. The next phase of her career began upon her retirement as a librarian with the CIBC Information Centre in Toronto in 1986, when she married the love of her life, Douglas Pollard, owner of the legendary Highway Bookshop near Cobalt. Lois embraced her life in Northern Ontario and truly felt it was her home. She dedicated her life to Douglas and the management of the bookshop until it closed in 2011.”

Irene Pollock
“Irene was a past supervisor of the AV department at the Woodstock Public Library for over 16 years.”

Brenda Porteous
“Brenda’s love of reading led her to a career surrounded by books at the National Research Council’s library; the Ottawa Public Library; and the various libraries of Osgoode Township, where she worked primarily in Osgoode but also served as the Township’s Head Librarian.”

Lillian Prud’homme
“After obtaining her degree in education at the University of Manitoba she began her teaching career in Wawanesa after which she continued at Ecole Precieux Sang as a dedicated physics and chemistry teacher and librarian.”

Geraldine Patricia Pydee
“While raising her children, she volunteered at an elementary school library. Later she went back to school to take a librarian course. After graduating, she worked at Rockwood and Montrose Schools”

Carol Quigg
“Carol was a retired separate school board librarian.”

Donna Rea
“Dedicated to promoting literature demonstrated throughout her career in library book services, while specializing in encouraging the love of reading in children.”

Joan Rebstock
“She was a teacher’s aide and librarian for the Separate School Board until 2014.”

Dianne Richardson
“She was trained in library science and worked in the Regina library system.”

Isabelle Ridgway
“Isabelle began work after high school in the Niagara Wire Weaving Co., then as a stay-at-home mom, followed by many years as a research librarian with the Ontario Paper Co. in Thorold.”

Elsa Ring
“She worked in Nanaimo as a store clerk, in Nanaimo’s library and then as a real estate agent for Zorkin’s and then Block Bros.”

Rosaire Rivard
“Il travailla ensuite comme bibliothécaire au Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy, à St-Augustin-de-Desmaures.”

Lacey Roach
“In addition Lacey chaired the Pembroke Public Library Board representing Stafford Township.”

Margaret Roland
“Over her 92 years, she touched many lives. She was a farmer, teacher, librarian, sports fan, and an active member of whichever community she lived.”

Ellen C. (Betty) Ross
“They went to work for the Defence Research Northern Laboratory at Fort Churchill, Manitoba where Betty worked in the Lab’s Technical Library.”

Angelo “Gene” Rossetto
“His career as a librarian in St. Catharines and later in London was a great part of his life as is noticed by the many books at his home.”

Lynn Russell
“She always had a passion for books and took pride in becoming a certified teacher librarian.”

Beverly Barbara Ryman
“Beverly had a full life, she had a satisfying career at Regent Park and Joseph Teres Schools as their Librarian. Bev was remarkable in the Library and brought joy to the children in their pursuit of reading. Bev was immensely talented and her creativity shone through in the handiwork that she has left behind.”

Sister Odile Saint-Pierre
“During 14 years, she was a travelling librarian for schools in the Interlake region.”

Kusam Sangal
“National Library of Canada – Ret’d”

Ann K. Savage (neé Harriet Ann Kettenbach)
“A lifelong learner, she earned her master’s degree in Library Science from Syracuse University. … She worked for the City of Calgary Electric System as Head Librarian, and a few years later, she started ASK Information Services.”

Annette Savoie
“À sa retraite, elle fonde la bibliothèque de Deux-Montagnes”

Margaret Maria Schade
“She was fiercely proud of her work as a senior librarian for the National Research Council, shared my father’s love of travelling, marveled and sometimes painted the beauty of flowers and birds.”

Verda Schalm
“While teaching music and serving as librarian at the Christian Training Institute (now Taylor Seminary) in Edmonton, she met Bernard, a young German immigrant, whom she married in 1956.”

Rose Schribar
“Rose worked for the University of Alberta Library for 25 years, retiring in 1994.”

Dale Schulte-Albert
“In 1958, Dale attained a master’s degree in Library Science at Western Reserve University in Cleveland – where she met & married Dr. Hans Schulte-Albert in 1962.”

Thomas Schulte-Albert
“Tom received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and his Masters in Library Sciences at the University of Western Ontario.”

Constance Thelma (Connie) Scott
“he worked for the provincial government, first in the Provincial Library and later in the Vital Statistics area of Saskatchewan Health, until she retired in 2001.”

Dorothy Margaret Seefried
“Dorothy continued her education completing a degree in Administrative Studies, and her Masters of Library and Information Sciences.”

Karen Sandra Shalala
“She then went on to attend Dalhousie University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971 and her Masters in Library Services Degree in 1976. She started her career as a librarian at the Legislative Library in Fredericton and later as the associate librarian at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton Law School. She met her husband Bob at law school and they married in 1978 and moved to Saint John in 1980. Karen carried out library services for two law firms in Saint John.”

Dorothy Shields
“Dorothy graduated from Queen’s University, worked at the Chalk River Atomic Energy facility, lived in Chile for more than two years, and subsequently attended the University of Denver, graduating with a masters in Library Science in 1961. She joined the UBC library system and worked there until she retired. During her tenure at UBC she collaborated with Robert Hamilton in the preparation of the revised and enlarged edition of his Dictionary of Canadian Quotations and Phrases.”

Patricia Shupe
“She worked as a social worker in Cape Breton and Montreal before she married Charles in 1953 and moved to Beaconsfield. There she applied her passion for books and reading by helping to establish the municipal library starting from books in a broom closet. She then volunteered as a children’s librarian and earned her degree in library science from John Abbot College.”

Marta Yaroslava Sirko-Goddard
“She attended the University of Guelph and worked at the McLaughlin Library after graduation.”

Susan Sitwell Lamontagne
“They then returned to Canada, moving from Quebec City to Sackville, Val-Cartier and Sainte-Foy, before finally settling in Chicoutimi, where Susan handled inter-library loans for the university for some twenty years.”

Charles Sitter
“He had a passion for books and art and thus became a librarian and artistic decorator for much of his life.”

Evelyn May Sjolin
“Evelyn worked at the Kinistino branch of the Wapiti Regional Library, from 1973 to 1997 (over 20 years) and received a service award certificate.”

Joan Skinner
“In her eighties, she worked tirelessly in the Rare Book section of the McGill Library.”

Carol Ann Sloan
“Carol loved books. Studying at Langara, Carol became a library technician in 1975, leading to a lengthy career at UBC’s Law Library. She also served at Ryerson (Pacific Spirit) Church, whose library and community thrift sales benefited greatly from her passionate commitment.”

Carol Smetheram
“She worked as an R.N.A. at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and then as a library assistant at the Port Stanley Library (County of Elgin).”

Campbell Rindress “Cam” Smith
“Cam has held numerous positions throughout his life helping in his Town of Richmond Hill including the Boy Scouts Association of York Region, Library Board member for 22 years”

Catherine Anne Smith
“After substitute teaching for many years, Ann taught grade 4 at the Halifax Grammar School for 10 years before undertaking a Master of Library Science at Dalhousie at the age of 50. Ann held several positions in Halifax in the library world, including at Saint Mary’s University where she made life-long friends. In 1994, Ann and Rowland moved to Kitchener-Waterloo where Ann worked at Library Bound Inc.”

Olaug Smith
“Olaug trained as a librarian. In 1960 she came to work at Memorial University Library in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she met David, whom she married in Oslo in 1963.”

Shirlee Anne Smith
“Mrs. Smith spent almost her entire career working either directly or indirectly for the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1973 she was posted to London, England, to oversee the transfer of the Company’s internationally known Archives to Winnipeg. The seven 20-ton containers arrived in October and November 1974 and the contents deposited in the Archives of Manitoba. She opened the collection to researchers the following April in the newly renovated building at 200 Vaughan Street. The Company later donated its archives to the People of Manitoba. Mrs. Smith resigned as Keeper, Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, in 1990.”

Tomiko Sato Smyth
“Before her son Peter was born, Tomiko worked full time as secretary to the head of the Toronto Reference Library, and then part time in the library, almost 20 years in total.”

Marian Solomon
” After Frank died, she began a short career as a librarian at the University of Manitoba after completing a program in office administration.”

Maureen May Sommerfeld
“Maureen worked as a secretary in the law office of John Diefenbaker, later she worked in the Bank and then a number of years at the Calgary Board of Education in the Library with elementary children, which she really enjoyed.”

Mary Jane Southorn (nee Quinn)
“MLIS UWO 1989; Account Manager for InfoGlobe Online; Senior Knowledge Research Analyst at Enbridge; Business Development Consultant at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs”

Mary Lou Spickett
“At that time she was working at the University of Windsor Leddy Library and retired in 1995.”

Sheila Staats
“Sheila worked as a Writer, Researcher and Librarian since attending Lady Eaton College and graduating from Western University. As a historian, Sheila held an immense knowledge and integrity of Hodinohso:ni: history, customs, values and worldview along with Six Nations local, familial and political histories. As an invaluable Aboriginal Collection Consultant she directly informed and affected countless First Nations schools, educational publishers, academic institutions and provincial district school boards by providing selected materials containing cultural authenticity and accuracy.”

Nancy Jean Stanlick
“Nancy was a Library Assistant at the University of Guelph for over 26 years where she will be fondly remembered.”

Frances Ruth Starr
“Later she was an X-ray technician at a Red Deer clinic and worked as a library clerk at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.”

Kathleen Stauch
“Kathleen later went on to obtain her BA in English and Library Sciences and spent the remainder of her career as a teacher and librarian at St Nicholas, St. Rita and St. Monica Elementary Schools in Ottawa.”

Gail Marie Steele
“She transitioned to Henry Wise Wood High School, as a librarian assistant, and then to Canyon Meadow Elementary, where she retired.”

Joseph Robert “Joe” Stevens
“Joe then studied photography at the Banff Centre and Performing Arts Management at Confederation College and later enrolled in the Library Technician program at N.S.C.C. Kingstec Campus, Kentville in 1987. He began his career in 1988 at Acadia as the Serials Assistant and in 1990 went on to the position of Assistant Cataloguer and later was promoted to Cataloguer. Joe was very knowledgeable and will be remembered for providing assistance to many during his time at Acadia.”

Margaret Luella Stewart (Marg)
“Always game for an adventure, Marg and Scott moved many times and enjoyed lots of travel within Canada in the early years of their relationship, allowing for many different job experiences including a summer of beekeeping in northern Alberta, stints as a gardener, as a university library clerk in Guelph and as a floral designer in Ottawa.”

Martha Stone
“After working at Health Canada as a librarian, Martha moved to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in 1980, initially to serve as Associate Director and Acting Centre Librarian in the Information Sciences Division, and then Director, Information Sciences Division, Director General, Information Sciences and Systems Division, and Senior Advisor to the President on information and communication sciences.”

Irmgard Karin Storey
“Pressures of providing for a family of five meant Karin had to go back to work as the librarian at the Vancouver School of Art.”

Helen Sutherland
“In the late 1960s she founded the Borden Library, serving as librarian for almost a quarter century before shifting her focus to the Borden Museum, which she presided over until her mid-80s.”

MaryAnn (Kondreska) Swerdlyk
“MaryAnn stayed home to raise her young family and then later went back to work as a legal librarian and litigation assistant, having worked at Eryou Barristers for many years, from where she maintained a number of friendships even after retirement.”

Marion Ruth (Wettlaufer) Tannassee
“She went on to have a career as a Librarian. Marion started her career at Wilfrid Laurier University Library in her younger days before she was married.”

Edith Tate
“She was an elementary teacher/librarian for over 30 years, retiring from Bloomsburg Public School.”

Jean Taylor
“After immigrating to Canada in 1957 with their young family she worked in various occupations; including as a foster mother, kindergarten teacher and library assistant.”

Norma June “Noni” Taylor
“Noni spent most of her years teaching English and History and finally becoming the Librarian at Runnymede Collegiate Institute, Toronto. She loved teaching and being around young people of all ages.”

Susan Leslie Teahan
“Sue’s love of books inspired her first career as an elementary school teacher, which led to her most fulfilling role as a children’s librarian at VPL until her retirement.”

Maureen Thomas
“Maureen spent her entire working career, of over 32 years, with the Edmonton Public School Board as a Teacher and Teacher Librarian, and will always be remembered for her love and advocacy for children.”

Patricia Amanda Thomas
“Patricia thrived as a librarian in Kleinburg and Bolton.”

Dorothy Anne Thomson
“She worked as a librarian at the Victoria Public Library. After which she moved on to work for the BC Medical Services until her retirement in 1992.”

Juanita Toupin
“Juanita was Chief Librarian at the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal and she had a passion for art history and opera.”

Lucille Trottier
“Lucille had a wonderful career in education as a teacher for over 30 years.  She was also school principal for the St-Louis Catholic School in Hearst as well as librarian.”

Audrey Turner
“Audrey worked for many years at the Ottawa Public Library, and retired from Carleton University Library.”

Mary Turney
“Mary worked at the Trenton Library for more than 40 years.”

Gail Margaret Tyler
“She later returned to the workforce developing great new friendships as a Librarian in the Scarborough Public Library system where she took particular interest in running its various childrens’ programs.”

Elizabeth (Betty) Christina Van Humbeck
” A registered nurse, she trained and worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She was also a teacher, teacher-librarian and a bank teller.”

(Patricia) Diane Van Iderstine/Butler
“She was with the Calgary Board of Education for over 30 years at various schools and in various capacities including classroom teacher, librarian, resource teacher and administrator.”

Erie Vockeroth
“Over the next nine years, the couple moved to Montreal, Toronto, Goose Bay and then back to the Toronto area where they settled, and the children attended school. It was there that Erie obtained her teaching qualifications and later her Bachelor of Library Science.”

Siegried Voelkel
“He then started working for the City of Calgary Library Maintenance Department as a Facility Manager before retiring at the age of 63.”

Shirley Marilyn Wallace
“Marilyn taught art classes and enjoyed her work as a local librarian.”

Marshall Wansbrough
“He was also a great supporter of the Atwater Library, with 17 years on the Board of Directors and two terms as president.”

Isabella S. Washington
“During and after high school, Bella worked at the Saskatoon Public Library, and later, the Salvation Army thrift store and Value Village in Victoria.”

Joyce Norine Watson
“She worked as a librarian in Kitchener for a year and as a children’s librarian in Belleville for three years. She then went back to the library school to obtain a Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Toronto. Upon graduating in 1954, Joyce entered the Order of St. John The Divine as a postulate and was professed, after taking lifelong vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, as Sister Joy. For personal reasons, Joyce decided to return to librarianship in 1957. For the next thirty plus years, she worked at the Toronto Metro Reference Library and lived on the farm “Meanwhile” in Uxbridge.”

Lorna Watson
“She was a teacher, librarian, gardener, golfer, bridge player and friend to many.”

Olive Monica Weeden
“The family moved to Canada in 1967 and settled in Deep River. Olive found employment at the local library.”

Marjorie Charlotte Johnston West
“Marjorie returned to Vancouver and graduated from UBC with an Arts degree in 1949 before working as the librarian at John Oliver High School.”

Elsie Beatrice Whitman
“She also worked as Librarian at the Public Library.”

Hildegard Elsie Wiebe
“Her skills as a librarian were put to work volunteering in the church library for many years.”

Carol Wiens
“Carol was a lifetime resident of Montreal and former Head Librarian at the Montreal Neurological Institute.”

Louise Adelheid Wiens
“When her father passed away in 1978 she left her teaching job in Alberta and came home to live with her mother in Saskatoon. Here she took a Library Technician course and then got a job at the University of Saskatchewan library. She worked there for 13 years.”

Paul Wiens
“After completing his studies at the University of British Columbia, Paul enjoyed a long, fulfilling career as a University Librarian, most recently at Queen’s University, where under his leadership the Stauffer Library was built in 1994. His professional life moved him across the country, with periods at the Universities of Waterloo, Manitoba, Lethbridge, and Saskatchewan.”

Alexander Williams
“He was an active member of St Patricks Parish in Markham and a community volunteer as President of Markham Minor Hockey, Chairman of the Markham Library Board and volunteer with Vincent de Paul over the years.”

Shelah Williams
“Shelagh decided to switch fields and following a year at University College, London, UK. studying Librarianship and a year at the National Science Library in Ottawa, her love of teaching persuaded her to spend the rest of her career as teacher-librarian at Rideau High School, Ottawa. Always challenging herself she added to her qualifications by completing Western’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program.”

Coralie Anne Willis
“Afterwards, she taught piano for many years and worked for the Calgary Public Library as a Children’s Services Specialist.”

John Charles Wilson
“After a 35 year career with Bell Canada, John retired and moved his family to rural Perth, Ontario, where he enjoyed years of involvement in the Rotary Club of Perth, the Library Board and the Children’s Aid Board.”

Louetta Edell Wilson
“Mom worked for years at the Dundas public library and loved her position there.”

Dianne Wise
“Dianne was a longtime teacher-librarian at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Brampton, and longtime “Mamma Owl” to countless friends.”

Audrey Gayle Woeste
“While raising her young family, she had a successful and varied career that began as a bookkeeper for Revenue Canada and Plibrico, briefly as a dental assistant, and then, finding her true calling, as an administrator for West Vancouver Secondary School (1987-1997), the City of North Vancouver (2000-2005), and the North Vancouver City Library from 2005 until her retirement in 2016.”

Ruth H. Wolff
“In 1952 they arrived in Edmonton. The severe winter drove them to Vancouver where Ruth studied to be a medical records librarian.”

A. Patricia (Smalley) Wood
“Pat will be remembered for serving on the Otonabee South Monaghan Public Library board, singing with the Emmanuel United Church choir, music and cards with family and friends, her membership with the Bailieboro Women’s Institute and much more.”

Gordon Henry Wright
“In 1969, he emigrated to Canada with the family following in 1970 to manage and grow the College Bibliocentre, one of the earliest Shared Service Organizations in Ontario to support the Ontario College Library System. He completed his career by retiring as Director of Planning, Budgeting and Administrative Services from the Robarts Library, University of Toronto in 1988. “

Eleanor Anne Wright
“Eventually when the kids were old enough, she returned to education as a teacher librarian which she thoroughly enjoyed.”

Patience Margaret Wright
“Pat was a popular and devoted Branch Head at both the Aldershot and New Appleby branches of the Burlington Public Library. Her passion was reading and her children remember her as always having a book in her hands, whether she was sitting on the chesterfield with a cat on her lap or stirring dinner on the stove.”

Janet Elizabeth Wynne-Edwards
“She then obtained her M.A. at the University of Western Ontarios School of Library and Information Science. She moved to Ottawa and became a high school librarian for a few years before joining the Brazilian Embassy as a Science and Technology liaison.”

Elizabeth Michiko Yamashita
“After receiving her Bachelor of Library Science from the University of Toronto, and her Masters of Library Science from McGill University, Elizabeth went on to spend most of her career at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library.”

Sigrun Juliana “Julie” Zatorsky
“After being a stay at home mom for a number of years, Julie began working for the Winnipeg School Division, first part time at St. John’s High School, and later at the Library Services Centre on Notre Dame Avenue, in the cataloguing department, from 1973 to 1994, where she made many lifelong friends.”

Shirley Elizabeth Zinman
“She taught in Gimly, Manitoba, before obtaining her Master of Education at the University of Toronto after which she was a Special Education Teacher and Librarian at St. Joseph School in Markham before retiring in 2000.”

2 replies on “In Memoriam 2020”

  • Dawn Monroe says:

    Thank you for putting together this listing. There were names from my past as a student and as a librarian that I remember. Thank you for remembering them.

  • Barb Clubb says:

    Thank you so much for this list.

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