Mary Irene Patricia JOLLIFFE

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JOLLIFFE, Mary Irene Patricia C.M. - November 11, 1923 - October 29, 2014 Mary passed away at Kipling Acres Long Term Care Home, Rexdale, Ontario. She is predeceased by her parents, Reverend Richard Orlando and Lena Matilda as well as her 5 elder siblings, John, Alice, Charles, Grace and William. Mary was born to missionary parents in Chengdu, China. She returned to Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto. In 1953 she joined the Stratford Festival, Ontario to become the first theatrical press agent and arts publicist in Canada. For the next 30 years she was the communications director for such leading cultural institutions as: Metropolitan Opera NY, National Arts Centre Ottawa and the National Ballet of Canada. Mary was awarded the Order of Canada in 1985 and the Silver Ticket Award in 1988. She was a Founding Member of PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) and one of its first tenants. In accordance with her wishes, Mary was cremated. A "celebration of life" will be held at the Performing Arts Lodge (Green Room), 110 The Esplanade, Toronto M5E 1X9 on Tuesday, November 18th, from 2 to 4 p.m . To send expressions of sympathy, visit

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Published in the Toronto Star on Nov. 4, 2014