In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Ann Drew-Brook


Wren Writer, WRCNS


Born: 15 Nov 1925


Died: 25 Aug 2021, Toronto, Ontario


DREW-BROOK, Ann - Daughter of the late George and Mary Drew-Brook of Ariss, Ontario, sister of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Wiegand of Cambridge, Ontario, and Hugh Drew-Brook of Elora, Ontario, aunt of Deborah Drew-Brook-Cormack, David Drew-Brook, Carol Rotterman, and great aunt of Andrew David Rotterman. Attended Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute and, in 1948, graduated from the Diploma Home Economics course at the University of Guelph's MacDonald Institute. During the Second World War, Ann served as a Wren Writer at Naval Service Headquarters, Ottawa, from 1944 to 1946 with the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service. Later, in her career as a member of Canada's Department of External Affairs, Ann worked in Paris, France, for the Canadian Delegation to NATO for three and a half years and, later, for the Canadian Embassy in Paris for a year and a half. Between September 1966 and September 1968, she was assigned by the Department to work as an Information Assistant at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi. On becoming an Information Officer in late 1971, she went on to serve in the Departments of the Secretary of State, Manpower and Immigration, and Revenue Canada (Taxation) until her retirement from the Federal Government in late 1982. On retirement, Ann moved to Toronto, where for eight years she volunteered as a reader in the recording studio of the CNIB. Interested in drawing and painting, she joined the Willowdale Group of Artists and the Toronto Watercolour Society, becoming a signature and Life Member of the latter and a participant in a number of Juried Shows. She was also a member of the Heliconian Club. In the fall of 2010, she moved to Christie Gardens Retirement Residence where she would remain for the remainder of her life. Ann will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her love of animals, and the happiness she brought to all who knew her. Friends wishing to remember Ann may send donations to the Toronto Humane Society or to the Christie Gardens Foundation. (The Globe and Mail 28 Aug 2021)



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