THOMPSON, Valerie (nee GREENFIELD) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Valerie, on December 7, 2022, after years of a challenging disability.
Predeceased by her parents, Vera and Robin Greenfield, she is survived by her dear husband, Hunter; sister, Deborah; two loved cats; family in England and close friends in Toronto, Venice, Italy and Mexico.
Valerie and Hunter were drawn to each other by their shared love of art and collecting.
Upon graduation with a fine arts degree from the University of Windsor, Valerie, an Art Historian, contributed for over 25 years as a Director and Curator in public art galleries in Ontario and Alberta, and in founding the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
Valerie was also a donor and supporter of The British Museum in London. Married at the Textile Museum of Canada, together for thirty years, Hunter and Valerie toured the world and lived in London, UK, Venice and Mexico.
While living in London, Valerie became a paraplegic as a result of a fall, robbing her of joy most days. Returning to Toronto, she was a dedicated volunteer at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21st in the Church of the Redeemer 162 Bloor Street West (at Avenue Road) Toronto. Interment will be in London, ON, January 5th.
Donations in Valerie's memory can be made to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0 or online at mcmichael.com/donateonline.
"Dance every day as if it is your last."