QAC News: Remembering Mary Shipton

A few words…
By Carol Bauer

Mary Shipton had a curious mind, a big heart and a positive spirit. She was a true-blue lover and supporter of the arts, and for that, and many other reasons, we will greatly miss her.

She was a long-time member and volunteer at the QAC and for many years she delivered the Umbrella throughout Belleville’s east end, right up until a few months ago, at the age of 90! She didn’t just drop off the papers, she chatted up the arts and what was happening in the arts in Quinte to the people she met on her travels, acting as an arts ambassador.

She also volunteered at the office, helping to label and prepare the newspapers for mailing. Always positive, always smiling, always interesting and interested. Mary got into some fascinating conversations with the other volunteers, particularly the young ones and the volunteers from Addiction Services. She loved to hear their stories and they seemed to really open up to Mary, probably because they were surprised and appreciative of her genuine interest in their thoughts and dreams.

Mary was passionate about opera, theatre, film, ballet… all the arts, really. Although she supported local arts events, she also travelled many times a year to Toronto or Ottawa to see the national companies. When it became more and more difficult to make that long journey, she would go to Cineplex in Belleville where she could see them live on screen. But, like I said, she had an open and curious mind and it wasn’t just the traditional arts she found interesting. When my son Chris was a teenager he wrote a review of a CD by a death metal band called Gorguts. Mary read it and said, with a laugh, “Tell your son I loved his CD review. It got me so curious, I’m tempted now to hear their music!”

So, thank you Mary, for being our friend and supporter. We will miss you.

Mary Louise Shipton
March 19, 1928 – February 17, 2019