The Passing of Diana Harding-Tucker, Past President and OSA Member

It is with heavy hearts we regretfully announce the passing of Diana Harding-Tucker. The Ontario Society of Artists would not have a 150th Anniversary Book – Breath. Heart. Spirit without the incredible work of Diana, along with her colleagues, Pat Dumas-Hudecki and Janet Read, who became our Book Trio. In addition, Diana was a driving force in all aspects of planning for our Anniversary year and for exhibiting her remarkable photographs for exhibitions. We are honoured to have had Diana as part of the OSA membership. We wish her family and friends our deepest condolences.

Diana Harding- Tucker passed away peacefully after a long and courageous fight with cancer on May 17, 2022. She will be missed by many friends and family, especially sister, Daphne, cousin Les, niece Cathy, and Tim, her Texas soulmate of many years. Missed and mourned as well by friends and family far and wide, from Cookstown, Barrie, Toronto, Jamaica, Florida, Calgary, Halifax, Kingston, and Chaizy, New York.

Diana was a kind, artistic soul, filled with the love of art and music. Her early life in Montreal and at the farm in Knowlton formed her love for nature. She was an accomplished pianist and a rare photographer who textured realism with mystic colours and form. She was well known for her still life photography, having won several awards. Her work can be found in Canadian and international collections including the Archives of Ontario. She was Past President of the Ontario Society of Artists, Past Director of South Simcoe Arts Council and was a member of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers).

The Ontario Society of Artists would like to recognize her incredible work in co-creating the 150th Anniversary book – Breath. Heart. Spirit. over the three years prior to her passing. Diana beautifully exemplified the OSA theme. She was admired and loved by her colleagues and friends at the OSA.

At the University of Toronto, Diana was an administrator with the Orthodontic Alumni Association for many years and co-ordinated the yearly scientific conferences and membership. As well, she enthusiastically edited and prepared reports for the prestigious Gairdner Foundation.

We thank the many doctors and staff at Princess Margaret Hospital and at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, who helped keep Diana comfortable enough through her illness to continue that famous Tucker smile.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Wednesday June 29th at 3 pm at St. John’s Anglican Church, Cookstown.