MAURA KATHLEEN BOURDON

In Loving Memory of Maura Kathleen Bourdon

It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Maura Kathleen Bourdon (nee Hall), on June 7, 2020, at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.

Maura was born in Victoria, British Columbia, on June 24, 1954. She graduated from Mount Douglas High School in Victoria, in 1972, where her father worked as a teacher and guidance counselor. Maura continued her formal education in Toronto, Ontario, graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Honours) in Dance and Psychology, in 1977.

It was in Toronto that Maura met her soulmate, Gary. They were engaged just six weeks after their first date, and married in Victoria, BC, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, on August 20, 1976. Maura and Gary were lovingly married for 43 years. Together, they have five beautiful children. Amanda, Genevieve, Jacqueline, Harrison, and Sabrina, all born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Maura became a grandmother a little more than eighteen months ago, and it was a dream-come-true for her! Jacqueline and her husband, Mike Weese, have twin children, Austin and Amelia. Genevieve and her fiancé, Marcus Iannattone, have a son, Khyran. It was such a wonderful highlight of Maura’s life to see these three grandbabies, born within six weeks of each other, in October and December of 2018. She was an adoring and loving grandmother and doted on the three of them with pride.

Maura overflowed with artistic talent. She was a gifted dancer, actress, choreographer, singer, lyricist and writer. As a dancer, she excelled in ballet and modern dance, as well as musical theatre. Maura received her initial ballet training from the Wynne Shaw School of Dancing in Victoria. She received a scholarship to attend the summer ballet program at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and furthered her study of dance at York University in Toronto. Maura performed at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, in The Jerry Gosley’s Smile Show for several seasons, and was named Actress of the Year in British Columbia in 1972.

After graduation in Toronto, Maura and Gary settled in Winnipeg. There, Maura continued her love of the arts by performing at Rainbow Stage, Canada’s largest and longest-running outdoor theatre. Maura became a teacher at the internationally esteemed Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and introduced many young children to dance through creative movement and ballet. After the RWB, Maura took a leap and challenged herself, becoming the choreographer for The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg for the better part of a decade. She studied Opera through the Royal Conservatory of Music, joyfully sang in the Winnipeg Philharmonic & St. Boniface Diocesan choirs and performed in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

Maura was the driving inspiration in life and the arts for all of her children. As youngsters, she introduced them to the performing arts through the RWB and Winnipeg School of Performing Arts (WSPA), where they expanded their skills with exceptional training from Kimberley Timlock.

Maura and Gary moved to Medicine Hat, AB, in 2000. Maura was instrumental in helping her daughter Genevieve open the Medicine Hat School of Performing Arts (MHSPA), in September, 2008. “Miss Maura” adored her time at the studio, and was thrilled to teach alongside each of her daughters. Miss Maura was an award-winning choreographer, teaching ballet and lyrical (though she really aspired to be a hip-hop B-girl!). She will be dearly missed by all the students, parents and teachers of the MHSPA family.

In addition, Maura collaborated with Gary as co-writer of many original songs. As singer-songwriters, they showcased her beautiful singing voice and lyrical talent. Together, they recorded and produced an album, and were well-received at many Medicine Hat performances, entertaining the crowd with their witty onstage banter and endearing chemistry.

Maura’s love of life extended to many other areas, including cooking, baking, yoga & Pilates, shopping with her sisters, “glamping” in the motorhome, playing cards, “bear-tracking” and swimming at every beach and lake she visited. She even earned her motorcycle license and rode her own motorcycle. She waterskied and drove a professional waterski boat, so that her husband could slalom ski. In this, as in so many things, she exhibited remarkable skill. Maura was never afraid to take on new challenges in her life. She loved animals and of course, they loved her, too.

She is fondly remembered as a free spirit and the life of the party! Maura had an open, astute mind and broad sense of humour. Her emotional depth and intelligence knew no bounds. She was incredibly graceful, courageous and compassionate. Maura truly left a positive and glowing impact everywhere she adventured. Our broken hearts are warmed by the outpouring of love and support, showing how Maura brought joy to all the lives she touched.

Maura is pre-deceased by her father, Gordon Frederick Hall, her mother, Kathleen Agnes Hall, her younger brother Christopher, and her older brother Gregory. In addition to her immediate family, Maura is mourned by her older sister, Therese Bullin (Stewart) and children Christopher and Mike; Kathy Hall (Don) and children Chelsea and Marc; Andrea Hall (D’Arcy) and children Nate, Winston and Katie; Anthony Hall (Julie) and children Ariel and Gregory; Genny Williams (Gord) and son Kyle; as well as many relations on her husband Gary’s side of the family.

A funeral and celebration of life will be scheduled and announced, once the pandemic restrictions have been lifted.

We will all lovingly miss you, Maura, and cherish your kind, generous and caring spirit, always. Love never dies, and we know your spirit lives on!

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

  1. On 13/06/2020 at 5:42 am Annette Prieur Said:

    Gary and family, Ray and I send our deepest condolences! Marlene had messaged me the news. My heart is hurting for you all. Maura was such a beautiful artistic woman! I loved following her on Instagram! I loved looking at all the beautiful pictures of the family.
    We will have prayers said for her and for you.
    Love and hugs,
    Annette and Ray

  2. On 13/06/2020 at 11:56 am Mykel Somvong Said:

    My deepest condolences. Maura had an energy undeniably bright and couldn’t be missed more. My heart is broken for the grief and pain her family and friends are sharing. Rest well, Maura.

  3. On 13/06/2020 at 12:07 pm Jim and Barbra Pappas Said:

    It is with heavy hearts that we write this today
    We were privileged to have an evening alone with Maura at dinner in our home in Winnipeg on her last visit here…and it was such a fun evening for all of us
    Her “joie de vivre” and her capacity for love can never be forgotten
    From the moment we met the Bourdons at WSPA there was a bond between our families and we will cherish our connection to all of them
    Maura was a bright light to many people and especially to all the children whom she inspired to stand on their own and pursue their dreams
    How marvelous that she met her grandchildren too
    We send our love to all of you Gary, Amanda, Genevieve, Jacqueline, Harrison and Sabrina
    How wonderful to have such memories of a true artistic spirit as she had
    We for sure will never forget her
    Jim and Barbra

  4. On 13/06/2020 at 1:19 pm Jhor Sept Said:

    My condolences to your family, my thought and prayers are with you over this hard time.

  5. On 13/06/2020 at 7:53 pm Shirley & Mel Heine Said:

    We were saddened to hear of Maura’s passing. She will be remembered for her lively and gifted spirit. So happy that she was able to spend time with her grandchildren as we know she enjoyed and savoured this immensely. Our deepest sympathies to Gary and all the Bourdon family. We send our thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.
    Mel & Shirley

  6. On 14/06/2020 at 11:29 am Gisele Shawcross Said:

    My deepest sympathies. It is with a sad heart that I read this news. our prayers go out to
    you and family.
    Gisele Shawcross and family

  7. On 16/06/2020 at 4:08 pm Olivia Callaghan Said:

    My heart breaks for those left behind during this time of great loss and sadness. Miss Maura was an incredible woman, and her kind, caring spirit will live on through the Medicine Hat School of Performing Arts dance studio. On behalf of the Callaghan family, our deepest sympathies sent to all in the Bourdon family. Thinking of you all. It was an honor to have been taught by Miss Maura, such a gifted and talented dancer herself, in some ballet classes many years ago.

  8. On 17/06/2020 at 1:06 pm The Zeller family Said:

    We were all so sad to hear of the passing of Maura. She was always so friendly when we would run into her. She contacted me when the girls moved to Toronto for dance and she gave me so much advise regarding living in Toronto. Both her and Taylor attended York University for their training. That is so cool! Maura, as well as your whole family have been so kind to Marnie when she started working at MHSPA.Our family will Miss seeing Maura at the different Dance events, as well as the studio. She left an incredible legacy and will truly be missed. What a kind, beautiful person. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Lotsa Love from the Zellers

  9. On 19/06/2020 at 4:42 pm Allan G. Martin Said:

    Gary,

    Sincerest condolences on your loss.

    Al Martin

  10. On 20/06/2020 at 6:08 am The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir Said:

    All of us here at the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir send our deepest sympathies to Maura’s beloved family and friends. It was with sad hearts we received the news of her passing. Maura’s many contributions to the Arts Community will forever be remembered. Rest in Peace.

  11. On 25/06/2020 at 2:48 pm Annemarie Rogers Said:

    Although I only had the pleasure of meeting your Mom once, it didn’t take long to realize she was a beautiful person inside and out. Amanda, you and your family are in our thoughts. Love you, Jim and Annemarie Rogers.

  12. On 28/06/2020 at 7:29 pm JoDana Tokamp Said:

    Im incredibly sorry for your loss and pain through this. She is such a wonderful soul and spirit that will live on through so many she touched with her life. Truly an inspiration to so many. She will be missed.

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