BARBARA ANN MCALPINE (nee GROSSMAN) 1934 - 2012 Barbara Ann had a lifelong appreciation of natural and historic treasures. She patiently fostered the love of learning in all who encountered her during her career as a librarian in West Vancouver and Oakville. She was active in her community, particularly as longtime President of the Bronte Historical Society. Her smile was ever-present, whether pouring tea for friends or facing off with developers and politicians in the preservation of Bronte Village's heritage. Barbara Ann fought cancer three times and beat it twice. She would not go quietly, but in the early morning of December 1, 2012 she was peaceful at last. Born in Chilliwack, BC to Peter and Doris Grossman, she received degrees from Dalhousie (BA) and MCGill (Library Science) Universities. Her spirited table conversation, generous ear and unconditional love will be mourned by her children Ken (Angela), Peter (Mary) and Kathy, each of whom will strive to emulate her at the tables they occupy in the years ahead. Her sister Judy (Robert) has lost her enthusiastic travel companion and lifelong best friend. A passionately devoted and adventurous grandmother, she will be dearly missed by Drew, Caitlin, Jeremy, Eric, Sam and Annie. They have been blessed by her curiosity and kindness. The family welcomes all who knew her to a Celebration of Her Life on Thursday, December 6th at St. Paul's United Church, 454 Rebecca St., Oakville at 3:00 p.m. Reception to follow downstairs in Watt Hall from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Mom would have appreciated kind donations to her passion, the Bronte Historical Society, 7 West River Street, Oakville, Ontario L6L 6N9.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 4, 2012