December 5, 1948 – August 4, 2019
Remembering a Mission Artist ~ It is with profound sorrow that the family of Marilyn (Molly) Magid announces her passing on August 4, 2019 in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Molly was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Shirley and Mocky Magid on December 5, 1948. She is survived by Randy Bradley, her partner of nearly 35 years, her son Benjamin Mathias Bradley and his wife Justine of Maple Ridge, her sister Raufa Magid of Carpenteria, California and her step brother Dr. Glen Grayman of Palm Desert, California, along with many many relatives, friends and colleagues scattered throughout Canada and abroad.
Although she was born in the middle of the country, Molly spent most her life on the coasts. She lived in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Quadra Island, BC and Los Angeles, California before settling in Vancouver in the late 1970’s. She had first studied ceramics at the University of California many years earlier then later returned to the study of art at Emily Carr University, where she earned a BFA in Photography.
After graduation, Molly applied her artistic skills as a jewelry designer with her friend and business partner Marcia Pitch then returned to her long time passion of teaching arts and crafts to patients at G.F. Strong, eventually becoming a manager with the Canadian Red Cross and later helping to develop the Arts and Crafts Program at The George Derby Centre for Canadian war veterans.
While living in Delta, she started a family and began to rekindle her affection for working with clay then after moving to Mission some fifteen years ago, began Mission Clay Works and a renewed commitment to artistic practice based in ceramics. Molly began teaching classes for students with a wide range of ages and experience and focused on working with special needs learners.
Always a going concern in every aspect of her life and never one to do anything half heartedly, Molly completely immersed herself into the ceramic communities of Delta, Burnaby, and Mission. She helped organize and develop programming, brought in renown national and international artists as visitors, participated in displays, workshops, conferences, sales, and many many firings.
A prolific artist, she specialized in the process of hand building and over time to her own surprise had achieved acclaim for her work both on regional, national and international levels. Much to her own surprise, one of her photographs owned by the Government of Canada was recently selected for a major art exhibit in Bern, Switzerland dealing with the subject of climate change.
In leading such an active and creative life, Molly found her bliss. Her greatest joy was being with her family, her friends and her beloved dogs. Molly always cloaked those around her in a wrap of kindness, generosity and warmth as she filled the air with an abundance of laughter. She will be fondly remembered in so many ways but none more so than as a loving mother, wife and irreplaceable friend. Her voice is now silent but her presence will always be felt. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Molly’s name to the charity of your choice.
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