CYNTHIA ANN COOPER September 13, 1957 - February 3, 2013 Cynthia passed away suddenly at home from heart and esophageal complications relating to the Lupus disease she contended with for many years. Cynthia graduated from York University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and continued her studies in Florence, Nice and Paris. Creating and teaching in the field of visual arts became the central thread of her life's work. Her artwork was exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both here in Canada and abroad. Cynthia's art explored ideas arising from symbology and she described her work as an attempt "to dialogue with the viewer offering a vision of art as symbolic communication." This vision dovetailed naturally with her study and current involvement in the field of Expressive Arts Therapy, having recently graduated from ISIS Canada's EXA program: Creative Integrative Arts Therapy program. Cynthia will be remembered for this role that she embraced enthusiastically, offering her own gifts and talents in the service of others. Predeceased by her mother Ann Cooper, Cynthia will be deeply missed by her father North Cooper, her aunt Judith James, by her sister Heather Cooper- Jones, her brother-in-law Keith Jones and their children North and Lindsay Jones. She will also fondly be remembered by the extended Cooper family and many cousins here and abroad. Cynthia was loved and appreciated by a host of friends and will be remembered especially by Claudia Suhanic, Maureen Munden, Amanda Askwith and the Askwith family, Jane Leat, Cynthia's ISIS colleagues and many others. There will be a quiet private family cremation service. Condolences can be left in the online guest book at Morley Bedford Funeral Services: www.morleybedford.ca/ condolences.php In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Cynthia's name to the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (www.metrac.org/) and the Toronto Humane Society (www.torontohumanesociety.com).
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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 16, 2013