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Bridget Ann Grace (nee Corkery)

September 16, 1960 - May 22, 2013


Bridget Anne Corkery / Grace passed away at the age of 52 on Wednesday May 22 2013 after an 11 month journey with melanoma. She spent her last moments in the presence of her husband Michael Grace and her father, Patrick Corkery.

Bridget spent her life in creative pursuits which most recently included working at Stryck Design as a woodworker as well an instructor at Kootenay School of Art and some time spent teaching in the Selkirk College Multi-media program.  She was a founding member of the Oxygen art centre and her commitment to community involvement was endless which included volunteer work with The Rosemont school PAC, Destination Imagination, Nelson Minor hockey, Nelson Youth Soccer,  Home links home school program, Oxygen Arts centre,  LVR Boys Basketball and BC Festival of the Arts. 
Among those creative pursuits was her garden. Bridget was not herself if she was not gardening or making art. In the winter it was cross country skiing that was her passion.

Bridget will be loved and remembered forever by her husband Michael Grace, sons Gavin, Adam and Neil, her brother John Corkery and her father Patrick Corkery.  Bridget’s mother, Barbara Corkery, passed away in 2011.  There are many extended family members and close friends who will miss her dearly.
Bridget was born to Barbara and Dr. Patrick Corkery on September 16 1960 in Warrington England. The family immigrated to Canada when Bridget was 5 years old. She grew up in Edmonton Alberta, where she stayed until graduating with a bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta.
She attended Florida state university, in Talahassee Florida, where she achieved her Master’s degree in Fine arts as well as a certificate in cabinetmaking as part of her sculpture training.  She stayed in the United States for a few years moving to Philadelphia, where she worked as a woodworker and began building her art career, participating in artist run galleries, workshops and other art events.

Bridget moved to Toronto in the late 1980’s where she met Michael her husband.  There they both pursued careers in art and design and set out to establish themselves as practicing artists and craftspeople. Bridget again worked as a woodworker/ furniture maker. She was an active member of open studio and a founding member of the Red Head gallery, an artist run co-operative gallery, which still exists today. She participated in many exhibitions with her print making, painting, sculpture and furniture making and fostered many strong relationships in that community that still exist today. 

In 1990 Bridget and Michael moved to Port Rowan Ont., two hours from Toronto, after their Toronto studios were slated for demolition. They found a rural property and converted a barn into a studio for furniture and art making. The property also allowed for a huge vibrant garden which was Bridget’s summer passion.  Gavin and Adam, her eldest and middle sons, were born in Port Rowan. There again she has left many friends from that community.

In 1995 Michael accepted a teaching position at Selkirk College in Nelson and the family moved to British Columbia.  Neil, her youngest son, was born in Nelson. Bridget found a place in the art community here as well as being heavily involved in her children’s activities.
We love her very much and we are going to miss the spirit that gave our family joy.




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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Marianne Abraham
Relation: friend

I will miss your bright and always cheerful smile and quick laugh. It was always such fun to share soccer time, parent talk and interesting conversation with you. You will be missed – Marianne, Ellie and Mitch

From: Lorna Mills
Relation: friend

Dear Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. I had so much respect and affection for Bridget, and nothing but fond memories of the times I spent at your place near Lake Erie so many years ago.


From: Kendall McPherson
Relation: Kids were friends at Rosemont

Mike, Gavin, Adam and Neil –

We are so sorry to hear of Bridget’s passing. Her passion for all of you as a family was always wonderful to experience. I remember a time you all came over to the house for a visit and bonfire. Bridget brought this huge, ugly mushroom thing in a jar that you had all found on a walk or something. I think she was more excited by the oddity and grossness of it than any of you boys were. I remember thinking – “she is so cool”. However, I didn’t think she was “so cool” when she repeatedly beat me at scrabble – I never won a game with her!

I had a visit with her in October last year. We caught up on our life experiences through our period of time not connected. I enjoyed that visit so very much. She was so proud of each of you and what you have accomplished and what you will accomplish. Her spirit, and sense of humour were wonderful to experience again.

My heart is with you.

From: Sheila Smith
Relation: Friend from Highschool and Edmonton

I am so sorry to hear about Bridget’s passing and your incredible loss. She was so much an integral part of our formative years and i will carry her with me forever. I have so many wonderful memories of her laughter and happy outgoing personality. We had some great trips together, some wonderful parties and she was always the heart of the gang. She leaves a wonderful legacy of her humour, personality, art, and family. It was an absolute priveledge to be part of her life.

From: Terri Elston
Relation: Met John & Bridget long time ago

My sincere condolences to you & the rest of the family. Remember the best of times, dear Bridget is at peace. Take care.
Terri Elston, sister of Laurette Boulet-Fleck

From: Erella Ganon
Relation: artist friend

Michael and Bridget’s boys and loved ones,
I am surprised to hear of Bridget’s passing. I think of her and you so fondly. When Doug Guildford and I visited to collaborate on the book together the 3 of us laughed. I think that is what we spend the majority of the time doing. Her laughter is so vivid in my mind. I cannot imagine what you’re experiencing. I trust that her love and laughter will carry you. I feel lucky to have spent any time with her at all.
I am sure that is how everyone feels.

From: Deb Luhoway (Vetsch)
Relation: friend since jr high in Edmonton

Dear MIchael, Gavin, Adam and Neil – I’m not sure where to start….she was such a huge part of my life in our early teens, we were inseparable. She had a spirit that drew people to her. I will never forget her wonderful smile, the trips to the lake in the old blue station wagon, camping in the snow, sitting in her parents basement listening to Cat Stevens and Elton John on the portable stereo. We laughed alot, had many great parties and of course, she was one of the original plough women. We all have a little bit of Bridget in our hearts and some of us have her artwork that still hangs on our walls. She will not be forgotten. Love you, Bridget.

From: Marion Hunter
Relation: friend

My thoughts are with you all at this time. I was so fortunate to have known Bridget and will miss her smile and laugh and wicked sense of humor. I know how much she loved Mike, Gavin, Adam and Neil and how proud she was of you all. Be strong for each other and know we all love and will be there to support you . Marion

From: Tosha & Jonny Weir
Relation: Friend of the family, Simcoe, ON

We are terribly sorry to hear of Bridget’s passing, she was one of a kind, and will be missed. I always admired her creativity and always found myself laughing when around her. Mike, we will be thinking of you and the family in these difficult days ahead. Much love, Tosh, Jonny, Ben and Rohland

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 27, 2013
Beginning at 10:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

A reception will be held following the service at 4:00PM at Mary Hall located at Selkirk College 10th Street location, Nelson

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

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