TOWNSEND: Melanie Adaire of London, formerly of Windsor

TOWNSEND, Melanie Adaire …

Melanie Adaire Townsend, 50, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in London, Ontario with her husband by her side. She was born May 2, 1968 in Windsor, Ontario to Ada Fraser and Tom Townsend. That was also the city where she met her husband and partner of 22 years, Troy Ouellette. Melanie treasured their son, four-year-old Declan. Melanie spent childhood summers with her grandparents in Rondeau on Lake Erie. She grew up in Windsor with Ada and step father, Allan Macpherson. She attended Kennedy Collegiate and, after earning a B.A. from Western University and an M.A. in history from the University of Windsor, she began her career in the visual arts there, working at the Art Gallery of Windsor under Robert McKaskell, Helga Pakasaar and Nataly Nagy. She subsequently became Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff where she established lifelong friendships with many in the national and international arts community. In 2004, she moved to Museum London as Head of Exhibitions and Collections. There, she became a respected colleague and beloved friend to whomever she met. She was a board member of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and active with numerous charities. Her interests included: family, gardening and working with artists. Because she grew up in Windsor she was sometimes known as the “Blue Collar Curator.” Melanie is survived by her son, husband, father and step father, and by her loving aunt, Carol Bishop. The family is looking into establishing an arts scholarship in Melanie’s name. More details will be available at the memorial. Friends will be received by the family for Visitation from 2-5 pm and 7-9pm on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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