Harriette Winnifred Dalley (Rice) beloved wife of Jim Dalley of Cochrane, Alberta, passed away at the Rosedale Hospice on Tuesday, August 22, 2005 from a short term illness, at the age of 82 years. Harriette was an artist known for her works in pastels. Mrs. Dalley is survived by three sons, Frank and family of Peterborough, Ontario, Donald and family of Toronto, Ontario, and David and family of Bancroft, Ontario. In living memory of Harriette Dalley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle, N.W., Telephone: (405) 241-0044.
A memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, Tuesday, August 30, at 7PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Harriette Dalley (Rice) grew up and graduated from North Toronto Collegiate, where she met her future husband, Jim Dalley. Both of them had the same birthday and as a result, they met and became best friends. Harriette enrolled in the Northern Vocational School for a three year Commercial Art Course, which included hand lettering, design, life drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. She attended life drawing classes at the Ontario College of Art and night courses at Three Schools. The next few years were spent in the commercial art world, starting with the layout department of Eaton’s catalogue and ending with drawing for Trane Heating Ltd. By the early 1950’s Harriette lived in Pickering, for fourteen years, where she started raising her three children, Frank, Donald and David. The Dalley family moved to the Bancroft area, in 1964, where Harriette worked for Hinterland Handcrafts, making and designing leather souvenirs. Hinterland’s leather products, such as provincial or birthday flowers, bookmarks and jewelry, etc. were sold across Canada. In addition to this, Harriette helped her husband with his photography business, by doing gold hand lettering in wedding albums, plus other jobs. While in Bancroft, Harriette helped to start the Art Gallery of Bancroft, located in the abandoned railroad station, and volunteered there for fifteen years. During this time, she still took advantage of various art classes, one of which was taught by Michael Dumas, who lived in the area. Harriette was also encouraged to pursue her art by a gentleman who had painted with the famous Group of Seven. A sketchbook of her pencil drawings of scenes and buildings in Bancroft was published and went into a second printing.
In 1994, Harriette had a pastel drawing accepted for display in the Pastel Society exhibition in Ottawa. Through all of these years she continued to paint in watercolors, yet mostly created using pastels. She was also commissioned to do pastel portraits, as well. Some of her works have ended up in Europe, the U.S. and various parts of Canada. Since moving to Cochrane, in 1996, Harriette had displayed and sold paintings at the Ferntree Gallery and the Nan Boothby Memorial Library. In Cochrane, Harriette had participated in oil painting classes and a drawing class, mostly to stay active.Print This Obituary & Condolences