Molly Lamb Bobak
It is with great sadness that the family of Molly Lamb Bobak wishes to announce her peaceful passing at the Veteran’s Health Unit just days into her 95th year.
Molly was born in 1920 on Lulu Island outside Vancouver. In 1960 she and her husband Bruno moved to Fredericton. That proved to be the start of a lasting relationship of love for the city and the province and the genesis of what was to become their extraordinary contribution to the visual arts scene in the city.
Molly studied at the Vancouver School of Art with Jack Shadbolt between 1938-1941. In 1942 she joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corp and became the first woman to be named as an official Canadian War Artist.
Molly lead a full and active life painting and drawing daily until the age of 84 when her eyesight failed. She touched countless people conducting workshops across Canada, teaching Extension Programs through UNB and serving on the National Film Board, the Stamp Design Council, the National Capital Commission and the National Gallery Advisory Board.
Molly received Honorary Doctorates from Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University. She was presented with the Order of Canada in 1995 and was an initial recipient of the Order of New Brunswick in 2002. When interviewed about that honour she was asked " What is your greatest joy" and she responded "People". Molly never lost her love of engaging in conversation and being surrounded by family and friends.
Molly was predeceased by her husband Bruno in September 2012. She leaves a son Alex Bobak (Edith Price) of Fredericton, a granddaughter Julia, and her daughter Anny Scoones of Victoria
It was Molly’s request that there be no funeral or public memorial service as she felt that she was celebrated extensively throughout her life. The family will arrange a private gathering at a later date.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you for the compassion and professional care that Molly received while a resident at the Veteran’s Health Unit.