Condolence: Dear Begg and Hopkins Family:
My condolences for your loss which is a large one: Debra was a wonderful woman, friend and colleague. I now live in Sarnia and was very sad that I could not attend the celebration of Deb’s life. Instead, In memory of Debra and with the sponsorship of several other of Deb’s colleagues who esteemed Debra as much as I did, I will be walking in the Terry Fox Run here in Sarnia on Sept. 15th. I will be thinking of the good times we all shared together with Debbie. Rest In Peace dear Debra. Mary Curran née Ratsoy
I owe her so much! I cannot count the number of times Debbie saved the day! She was always so eager to help with anything despite always looking like she had something on the go. Such a wonderful human being!
Condolence: All my heartfelt condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of working at the Music Library alongside Debbie for many years. I always admired her dedication to every single student, faculty and visitors. She treated everyone with the same care and respect, regardless if they were first year student or the Governor General.
She was the best type of boss one could have as she always gave credit when credit was due, gently pushed me when I needed to be and firmly stand by me when the need occur. Never in 15 years did she refer to me as an employee, but always presented me as her esteemed colleague. She taught me everything I know about doing research in musicology and made my days more interesting.
Knowing her was a blessing and so will be her memory.
Condolence: Although Debbie was always receptive to questions and requests in the library, she was also very kind and thoughtful. When the music library relocated and duplicate recordings were being pulled out of the collection, she sorted through the pile and put aside a stack of recordings by Canadian composers for me. She did this extra work simply because she knew that I would appreciate the recordings. She will be missed.
Condolence: It was because of Debra that I became a music librarian myself. Debra (never "Ms. Begg," she laughed her merry laugh the one time I tried) showed me how interesting and vitally important the work is, and gave me my very first job in a music library, as a (slightly hapless) weekend circulation desk clerk. When I returned to librarianship more seriously several years later and pursued a position as a cataloguer, she wrote letters of reference, offered job interview tips, and was just generally a warm-hearted and steady supporter. I still think of her shining example nearly every day, and have always felt so lucky that she was the one to welcome me into the profession.
Condolence: Our deepest sympathy to David, Suzanne, and Gregg for the loss of Debra. We are deeply saddened by the double loss that you have had to endure. You will be in our prayers to lend support to you and your extended families at this difficult time.
Rick and Nancy Henderson, Kemptville Ontario