Artist Carol Weidman (née Freeman) passed away November 30, 2020, in Ottawa. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Canadian diplomat and civil servant H. Lyon Weidman, and her parents Jack and Dorothy Freeman (née Bloomfield). Carol is survived by her daughter, composer Alyssa Ryvers; Carol’s sister, Wendy Weinberger (Roy); and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Born in Montréal on July 17, 1942, Carol graduated from McGill University and the École des Beaux-arts de Montréal. Carol’s vibrant artistic talent was evidenced in her series of watercolour/mixed media paintings Dancers in Motion, for which she was best known. Her work was exhibited at galleries in Ottawa, Montréal and Washington, D.C., and her paintings are valued in private collections internationally. A gifted teacher, Carol taught watercolour and life drawing for over 20 years at the Ottawa School of Art, where she inspired her many students with her knowledge and passion for art.
She will be greatly missed by her family, many friends, dancer models, students (young and old), enthusiasts of her art, her caregiver Latoya Robinson and Latoya’s son Travell, as well as the nurses and staff at Hillel Lodge, where Carol spent her later years. The family wishes to thank the nurses, staff, and volunteers on 2W and 3W, with special thanks to Monique. An extra-special thank you to Latoya Robinson—words cannot express our gratitude for the steadfast loyalty, professionalism, and unreserved love that you showed Carol.
A graveside funeral was held at the Jewish Memorial Gardens, Bank Street Cemetery, Ottawa. For those so desiring, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to the Ottawa School of Art.