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"EYM" 2003 Obituary


EYMUNDSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-02 published
FRASER, Jessica
Died peacefully in her sleep, at Toronto, on Wednesday, July 30, 2003. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, to James and the late Ethel DICK, Jessica emigrated to Canada as a youngster and grew up in Montreal. She began her professional career as a teacher and later proprietor of her own nursery school in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. A graduate of the drama program at Arcadia University, Jessica entered the theatre world as an award winning actress in both amateur and professional productions. After 20 years in Nova Scotia, she moved to Toronto where she discovered her talents as an administrator, becoming General Manager of Theatre Direct Canada. She continued exercising her teaching skills as a lecturer in theatre management at York University. At the time of her death, Jessica was Executive Director of the Toronto Theatre Alliance, having successfully produced the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and was recently appointed by the Bank of Montreal to produce the prestigious Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize. She was a consultant to the Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance and conducted research on theatre development for the Canadian Consulate in New York. She was a tireless and passionate advocate for the importance of the performing arts, and her community involvement was extensive. She was the driving force behind T.O. Tix, the Toronto Theatre Alliance's half price ticket booth; a member of the Board of Directors for Tourism Toronto and the Board of Management of Yonge/Dundas Square; and a member of the Advisory Board, University of Toronto Arts Management Co-operative program. The passion she had for the performing arts was usurped only by that for her family and Friends. Jessica is the loving mother of Andrew of Perth, Australia, mother-in-law of Rachel, and cherished grandmother (''Designer Gran'') of Lucy. She is the dear mother of Laurie of Toronto and mother-in-law of Tom EYMUNDSON. She is also survived by her father James M.R. DICK, her only sister Muriel and her husband David KENNEDY, her only brother Martin DICK and his wife Janet. Jessica will be sadly missed by her former husband and good friend Sandy FRASER, niece Tobi, nephew Rick, many other relatives in Canada and Scotland, and an extensive group of devoted Friends. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5th. A Memorial Service will be held at Can Stage (Main Stage), 26 Berkeley Street, on Wednesday, August 6th at 7: 30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Courtyard. If desired, donations for the establishment of an award in Jessica's honour may be made to Theatre District Canada, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto M5S 2R4.

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