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Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON

OBITUARY

Dorothy Clark McClure

February 14, 1934August 19, 2012

Dorothy Clark McClure passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on Sunday August 19th, 2012 in her 78th year. Loving wife of late Richard (Dick) Illingworth, beloved mother of Kelly, Chris and Andrew, mother-in-law to Maria, and loving stepmother to Suzanne Bassett (Roger) and Rick Illingworth (Bernice). She was the phenomenal grandmother of Megan, Kaya and Emma McClure. She was one of Aurora’s and York Region’s most respected artists. She was honoured locally and provincially as an inspirational teacher, talented artist, and conservationist. Her work graces the homes of people here in Canada and across the globe. Over the years, Dorothy has appeared in hundreds of individual and group shows in the United States and Canada. She has been acknowledged in architectural books, and has been written about or helped write numerous publications. Her list of local, provincial and national awards and accolades are a testament to the way she always pursued her craft . In 1999, she was elected a signature member of the Colour and Form society. Other awards include many jury prizes; the Curtis Award of Excellence; the Arts and Culture Medal from the town of Aurora; the visual arts “In Celebration of Women” award from York Region; the Bicentennial Medal from the province of Ontario; and a Certificate of Achievement from the Ontario Heritage Trust. She was even named the Citizen of the Year for Aurora in 2008. As a leader, she took on such roles as President of the Historical Society and the Artisans of York, and was the Vice-President of the Willowdale Group of Artists. She was an art teacher for the York Region Board of Education, the Town of Aurora, Seneca College, the Haliburton School of the Arts, Georgina School of Fine Arts, Georgian Bay school of the Arts, the Senior’s Centre, and at workshops all over the Greater Toronto Area. She founded the Aurora Senior’s Art Group and its yearly show has been a source of great pride. She always believed in using and giving back the gifts she was blessed with. Her life, through her work, her students, her family and its own incandescent spark continues to touch the lives of all who knew her. Special thanks for all those caring people who visited, helped, loved and healed mom until the end.

A memorial service will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South (north east corner of Yonge St. & Industrial Pkwy. S.), Aurora, on Friday, August 24 at 2pm. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the Aurora Historical Society would be appreciated.

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  • Memorial Service Friday, August 24, 2012

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Linda Roach

October 18, 2012

Our Deepest Sympathy...
Kelly, I am Linda Roach-Bellar, I live in Newmarket/ I lived in Aurora from 1968. I am Dorothy's Cashier at A&P, Dominion now Metro. I have been off work for 3years (doctors orders).
'' '' '' I just found out today, That Your MOM has passed on to HER next Life '' '' '' I am sorry to hear the news, I know Dorothy was a little frail the last time I saw her with you & that was just before her Excited move to HollandView. Did your Mom, get sick ? I couldn't believe My Ears, to hear that Your Dearest MOM & Friend To ALL, Is now with Her Husband''SweetHearts !!! I will miss them both, love Linda

Johanna de Bruijn

August 29, 2012

I'd like to express my condolences to Andrew and his family, especially. Andy was in my first grade 4/5 class at Wells street P.S. Andrew, it was good to see you last year at the closing of Wells Street P.S. I hope you are surrounded by love to get you through this difficult time. It is not easy to lose a mother. I retired this year and will be moving to Vernon, B.C. If you want to get in touch with me, email me at johannapaddles@gmail.com
Thnking of you,
Mrs. Golem ( formerly, now Johanna de Bruijn)

August 26, 2012

It was such a privilage to get to know Dorothy, she and her late husband Dick were always very supportive when I started my art career in the mid-90's. They attended my shows and provided encouragement and excellent advice...
She was a great mentor and friend to many people, and I enjoyed learning from her about how to increase my skill during the classes that she enjoyed teaching. She was always such a positive person.. My life was richer and more enjoyable for having known her. May God comfort her family and friends.

August 24, 2012

Dear Kelly, Mel and I are so sorry about Dorothy's passing. Thank you so much for phoning to tell me. I did find out about the service today via the internet. We are going to be with our family this weekend at our cabin. Leaving very shortly.

Dorothy and Dick were good friends who we often lunched with and I especially loved to play the harp for Dorothy's art shows. I have frogs all over the cabin and house that Dorothy collected for me. We offer our heartfelt sympathy to your family. We do treasure Dorothy's art hanging in our home.

Sincerely, Gwyneth and Mel Reid (Uxbridge)

Rick and Bernice Illingworth

August 24, 2012

To Kelly, Andrew, and Chris.

It was with profound sadness that we heard that your Mother had passed away. She was a wonderful companion for Dick when he was alive and now they are together again. As it is difficult to know what to say at times like these, please know that we are thinking of you today and send you our heartfelt condolences on your loss. As it was impossible to get to Aurora for the service, we are nonetheless with all of you in spirit today.

James Snider

August 23, 2012

Andy, my family and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to your and your family. We know she was a tremendous person who touched and inspired all she came into contact with. She will be greatly missed!

The Sniders

Neil & Mary Agnew

August 23, 2012

Over the past two years we were fortunate to have Dorothy as our daily dining companion at Hollandview Trail Retirement Community. None of the four of us were ‘morning people' – particularly Dorothy - so we enjoyed ‘quiet' breakfasts. But at lunch and dinner we came alive. The conversations ranged far and wide. Dorothy emerged, having traveled far and wide – physically, artistically intellectually, socially and spiritually. She was fascinating, witty, compassionate, opinionated, courageous and, like the rest of us at times frightened as we saw our futures unfolding around us - gravity was winning! We agreed that old age wasn't for sissies … Dorothy was no sissy.
We miss her!
Our sympathy goes out to her children and grandchildren – her great loves.
Mary and Neil Agnew.

August 23, 2012

Kelly,Chris, Andrew, so sad to hear of your mothers passing, I pray she is at peace now. I fondly remember Christmas's back in the early 1970's at The Red House, wonderful times. Dorothy was a lovely lady very talented ( have my portrait she did of me displayed proudly) she raised three wonderful children and contributed so much to her craft, The Town of Aurora, and everything she did she did with great zeal. Rest in peace Dorothy the world was blessed by the time you spent with us, you will be missed but remembered.

Paul Marshall (Aurora)

Brian & Phyllis Morris

August 23, 2012

Dorothy was a very special lady !

Her strong spirit and genuinely good heart, combined with her need to do the right thing by the environment and heritage protection inspired and fed her remarkable artistic talents. It made for a truly potent mix.

She was a woman of substance.

Dorothy's art will continue to remind us all of her contributions and the love she had for her family, friends, community and life. Her wonderous zest for life can serve as an inspiration to all of us.

She'll be greatly missed and our thoughts are with
Kelly, Chris, Andrew and their families at this time.

Diane Leslie

August 22, 2012

FROM THE FAMILY