I want to post a brief tribute here to my friend Patricia Harton-McCord, a wonderful person and marvelous musician. She’s pictured here at choir practice with the Gallery Choir under the direction of Healey Willan in 1967. She’s the young singer in the second row, fourth from the right. She often recounted stories about those days and how Dr. Willan had been so generous with his time, mentoring and nurturing her obvious musical talents.
I first met Patricia as a student at U of Toronto and got to know her again as a colleague at the University of Guelph where she taught voice. We were so fortunate that she recently returned to St. Mary Magdelene’s with her family. The SMM church community meant a great deal to her, and I’m so glad we had that time together, however short.
Though Patricia had been in hospital for many weeks and in considerable discomfort, her outlook was amazingly positive and selfless. Her concern was always for others, and she inquired after everyone else and how they were doing. We lost a dear friend last night and she will be missed by all of us. We hope to sing a fitting Requiem for her on Saturday.