BRENDA RUTH MACEACHERN (MESSER) June 15, 1948 - October 11, 2012 It is with great sadness we annouce the passing of Brenda Ruth MACEachern (Messer) at University Hospital, London, Ontario after a courageous year long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Daughter of the late Jack and Eleanor (Pat) Messer of Toronto. Beloved wife of Ian MACEachern. Loving mother of Heather (Eric Tarasick), London and Sarah (Ray Nichols), California. Doting grandmother of Iris Ruth Tarasick. Sister of Judy Ambrose (Messer) and aunt of John Ambrose and Katherine Stasyna of Toronto. Brenda graduated from the University of Toronto in 1970 with a Bachelors of Arts and went on to complete her Masters in Library Science at the University of Western Ontario (1987). In more than four decades as the curator of the Visual Resources Library in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Western Ontario, Brenda received recognition for her work within the department and with the staff association. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Western Award of Excellence. She was also acknowledged internationally as a leader in her field through the Visual Resources Association. Brenda was a family historian, a photographer, a flea market enthusiast and a teapot collector. With her husband Ian, she enjoyed cycling trips in the UK and car trips across North America. Summers in Port Elgin and Southhampton with her family were also a special part of her life. One of her proudest achievements was the publication of her book "Nicholas Vivian Kent - An Ontario Family Saga" in 2004. A lifelong supporter of the arts, Brenda was a mentor to many students and she always encouraged them to follow their dreams. She will be fondly remembered as an incredibly loving person who was forever putting others first. Her gentle spirit and thoughtful advice will be greatly missed by her family, friends and colleagues. The family asks that donations in Brenda's memory be made to Operation Eyesight. A memorial service will be held at Museum London on Thursday, November 29th.
Published in the Toronto Star on Oct. 13, 2012