You are now on Your site use is governed by their Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. Any purchases are with Learn More
1940 - 2021
JUDITH DINNICK (née McClaskey) January 28 1940 - January 31, 2021 Judy passed away peacefully on January 31 from Covid-19, with her family by her side. Cherished mother of Lisa (James Brenzel), Peter, and Christopher (Tangerine Curry) and much-loved grandmother of Max, Roslyn and Zoe Brenzel, Christopher and Charlie Dinnick and Thatcher and Meadow Dinnick. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Judy had a lifelong passion for the decorative arts and unmeasurable talents creating trompe l'oeil finishes, murals, painted toleware and furniture; grisaille, smocked dresses, print rooms, candle shades, needlepoint canvases and miniature shadow boxes. For the past two decades, she was celebrated as one of the foremost creators of Sailors' Valentines, winning countless awards and accolades for her intricate shell art and enjoying the wonderful community of shell artists in Sanibel and around the world. Judy was born in Saskatoon to Joan and Angus McClaskey, and raised in Don Mills. She married Michael Dinnick in 1962 and after moving with her young family to Lyford Cay in Nassau she continued her creative pursuits while raising her children and making lifelong friends who will dearly miss her. She was selflessly devoted to her children and grandchildren and celebrated every milestone with pure joy. We will endeavour to carry her selfless spirit with us always. A celebration of life will take place when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Published by The Globe and Mail from Feb. 6 to Feb. 10, 2021.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

13 Entries
Judy was not just a great artist but also kind and also could be very humorous and witty at times. I met her through shells as I purchased some from her on eBay. A few months later met her at the Sanibel Shell Show. The next year we room together with two other Sailors’ Valentine artists and I was just thunderstruck with envy over Judy’s talent. Perfection would best describe her art. She later came to my home in Flagler Beach, Florida to teach a Valentine class for me and a few other women. I learned much from her but it was the little tips that she gave me that now make a difference in my own shell art. She always sent me emails regularly containing pictures of her current incredible shell art. Her bird pictures were always a favorite. Such talent. I feel blessed to have several smaller pieces of her art hanging on my home walls. You are missed my dear friend Judy. Sanibel won’t be the same without you and your beautiful snd artistic entries!!
Shannon Webster
July 14, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. I know of her incredible sailor Valentine art. What a beautiful imagination. God bless all of her loved ones, friends and followers.
Heather Kendall
February 23, 2021
Cynthia Oneglia
February 16, 2021
I am so sorry about Judy's passed. I live in the same building she lived in. I used to see her in the lobby or in the laundry room. She was always kind. When I use to say hello to her she would return it with a smile. RIP!
Idalina DaSilva
February 16, 2021
Judy was an immense talent and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Sandi Blanda
February 14, 2021
Lisa, Jamie & Family,
We were very saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. She sounded like an extraordinarily vibrant woman. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
Shari & Paul Cravit
Paul & Shari Cravit
February 9, 2021
Susan Lloyd
February 8, 2021
Daphne Hunte & Pam Boynton
February 7, 2021
Wendy and Chip Macbeth
February 6, 2021
Judy was like a mom to me and was always extremely warm and kind to me throughout the 49 years i knew her. As a child i spent countless days and nights in her house with her son and my best friend Christopher and I always felt like another one of her sons. I loved her very much and am very sad she has left this world. As an adult i was always excited. to see her when she visited Nassau and we always reminisced and caught up during those visits. She was one of the most special people I have ever known in my lifetime. An amazingly caring, gentle, warm and wonderful soul.
Andrew Berlanda
Andrew Berlanda
February 6, 2021
Unfortunately I met Judy late in both our lives. I met her on social media. We immediately connected. The many emails, photos, facetime calls, all contributed to my learning a skill in which she was very proficient. I am not an artist, just a crafter, but that did not matter to Judy. She was a great coach, always praising and offering advice only when I asked for it. Never denying me an answer. She was funny, entirely devoted to her children and grandchildren as am I so we had that in common. It was not until I read this obituary that I fully realized how incredibly talented she was in many forms of art. I came late to her party but I am glad I did. I hope that one of her own children or grandchildren have this innate artistic ability that carries them to some endeavor. It must be amazing for her grandchildren to realize how far reaching her influence was on people such as myself.
At the moment when I enter my workspace, I am not ready to sit down. We were just ready to agree on a design with the painted bunting center I had purchased from her. Now I feel perplexed. Where to start? How can I do it justice? What colors come to mind? Now I am on my own, really on my own. Perhaps there will be a sign? We shall see. We shall all miss her genuine caring, her artistry, her love of beauty in so many things. I shall miss her friendship.
Love, Boots
Boots Tolsdorf
February 6, 2021
Judy was the most talented artist I have ever known. In addition to having so much talent, she was a kind and interesting person, and such fun to spend time with. I was honored to know her and will miss her terribly. My heart goes out to all her family.
Pam Boynton
February 6, 2021
Judy was an amazing artist. Always willing to encourage and teach those learning to create Sailors Valentines. Selfless is an excellent
description of Judy. She will be greatly missed at the Sanibel Shell Show.
Joy Henderson
February 6, 2021
Showing 1 - 13 of 13 results