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Rosemary Cassandra GILLIAT
Père : GILLIAT
Décès le : 2004-12-10
Parution : 2005-03-02
Paru dans : Canoe.ca (Obituaries Today)

Rosemary Cassandra Eaton August 20, 1919 - December 10, 2004 Funeral arrangements by Atlantic Funeral Home (Dartmouth) EATON, Rosemary Cassandra - Rosemaary Gilliat was born in England and spent her early childhood on her father's tea estate in Ceylon. She was educated in French and English Schools in Switzerland and went on to learn German at Freiburg on the River Rhein. When war came, the Navy needed German speakers and Rosemary was soon in training to be a WT and RT operator. She was then posted for interception duties at Dover, relaying German E-Boat Conversations to naval HQ for action. From the age of eight onwards, Rosemary was fascinated with photography. After the war, she became a freelance photographer, getting her first break as an assistant to Bill Brant, a well-known photographer, and doing her first of many photo stories for the London weekend paper, "The Observer", by bicycle in Devon. Hearing from friends about Canada, she emigrated in 1952, got a first job in a department store at a little over four dollars a day. She then got an opportunity to photograph Dawson City for the Hudson Bay Company's glossy "The Beaver" and from that start became a regular contributor to "Weekend Magazine", photographing all over Canada, including a trip to Baffin Island. Second only to photography, Rosemary was a cross-country skier and in Ottawa's Gatineau Park, she met Michael Eaton, another "arctic hand", whom she married in 1963. When the couple moved to Cole Harbour in 1965, Rosemary's activity was curtailed by ill health but she battled this and continued to photograph. She was soon deeply involved in the campaign to protect the nearby salt marsh against plans to dump sewage directly into it. She helped to form a local committee which stopped that plan and which later developed into the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, which in turn founded the local Farm Museum, saved the Methodist Meeting House at the top of Long Hill on Hwy 207 and was eventually the base for a long drawn out political campaign throughout the 1970s and 1980s to make a regional park entirely surrounding the Cole Harbour salt marsh. One of the projects involved, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Museum and partnered with Elizabeth Corser of the Farm Museum, was a salt marsh exhibition which toured across Canada. Rosemary always deeply enjoyed the flowers, animals and marvelously varied countryside of Canada, from south shore Nova Scotia to the Rockies, and some of the results have been great photographs and a park which was at last "posted" in 2001 and will be enjoyed by many future generations of Cole Harbourites. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Atlantic Funeral Home, Dartmouth, Rev. Patricia Malin officiating. A reception will follow in the funeral home.

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