OCAD University mourns the passing of Frances Gage

Photo of smiling elderly woman Frances Gage
Monday, December 4, 2017

Prolific sculptor, WWII veteran and OCA alumna Frances Marie Gage passed away on Sunday, November 26, in her 94th year.

Born in 1924 in Windsor, Ontario, Gage lived a remarkable life, serving in the intelligence service of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) during World War II before studying sculpture at OCA, the Art Students League of New York and L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. For two years she worked in what was once Tom Thomson’s “shack,” a toolshed in Toronto’s Rosedale Valley ravine.

Gage’s life story is told in the biography, Unlikely Paradise - The Life of Frances Gage by Alan D. Butcher.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. with tributes and remembrances at 1:30 p.m. in the MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, Cobourg.