GUNTER, CLAIRE MARY (nee PHILLIPS) – Peacefully on October 4, 2011 in her 96th year, after a long and full life, Claire is now resting in the “arms of Love”. She was with family and was surrounded by the caring staff of Idlewyld Manor where she had lived for the past 7 years. Predeased by husband Eric (1980), and son Gerald (2008), she will be dearly missed by her family. Beloved mother of Rodney, Geoffrey (Ina) and Susan (Ted).Cherished grandmother and great grandmother of Meghan (Kyle) and son Karsyn, Vanessa (Michael) and son Blake, Eric, Jordan, Richard (Valerie), Simon (Jennifer) and Victoria. Claire was born in England and trained as an artist and colourist. She came to Canada as a War bride.  She was a member of the IODE, a Life member of the Women’s Art Association Hamilton, and a volunteer at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Claire taught lessons in conversational English for newcomers to Canada.  She received the Hamilton Wentworth Heritage Award in 2006. Her paintings grace many households. A long time member of the of the McNabb and Sackville Hill seniors centres, she was involved in Music, Acting, Dancing, the Hula, Bridge and Euchre. She loved to travel and was always game for new adventures. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 1010 Botanical Dr., Burlington on Oct 17th, 2011 at 11 am. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Salvation Army, your local food bank or buy original art from a local artist would be appreciated!

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  1. Rejeanne Sardo
    Rejeanne Sardo says:

    Sue, Although I did not have the opportunity to meet your dear mother and get to know the fine and lovely lady, through you, I have grown to admire her and respect her. (many of the characteristics you have as well)

    May the fond memories of your dear mother put a smile on your face every time you think of her.

    Take care,
    Love, Rejeanne

  2. President of the Women's Art Association of Hamilton,
    President of the Women's Art Association of Hamilton, says:

    Our sincere and warmest condolences to the family.

    Claire, a well known and respected member of the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton left her legacy as a hard working and generous member who was always eager to take part and get involved.

    In recent years, many new members did not have the opportunity to meet Claire and get to know her but they certainly have heard of her, her enthusiasm and involvement in the community.

    Claire’s works were often shown at the Art Gallery of Hamilton – as quoted in the WAAH Anniversary book “The First 100 Years” “……. among the consistently fine, and consistently chosen, WAA artists exhibiting……. ”

    She was a proud and gracious lady and a fine artist.


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