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Blodwen Piercy

December 3, 1926 — January 12, 2024

Ottawa

 

Blodwen Piercy died peacefully at Perley Health long-term care facility in Ottawa on Friday January 12,2024 at 97 years of age. She is survived by her children Peter (Miyako), Megan and Jocelyn, and granddaughter Ena. Blodwen was predeceased by her husband Joe, brother Bill and sister Meredith (Dick).

Blodwen grew up in Montreal, a top provincial swimming and diving competitor in her youth, then moved to Vancouver and studied physics at the University of British Columbia, followed by a PhD at Imperial College, London in the 1950s. Blodwen and husband Joe then worked as research physicists at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Blodwen retiring soon after to raise her children.

While raising a family, Blodwen was also a committed feminist and social activist, working for many decades in organizations such as Educating for Peace and the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League. Much of her work in these organizations is held in The Canadian Womens’ Movement Archives at Ottawa University: https://arcs-atom.uottawa.ca/index.php/blodwen-piercy-fonds. She and Joe were also active members of Humanist Canada, each serving terms as President of both Humanist Ottawa and Humanist Canada, and each were long-time Editors of the Humanist in Canada magazine (now Humanist Perspectives). They enjoyed hosting many lively Humanist gatherings in their living room in Rothwell Heights, and in 2018 Blodwen received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Humanist Ottawa.

A very informal memorial gathering is planned this summer at the cabin in the woods on Lac Poisson Blanc near Notre Dame du Laus, Quebec that Blodwen and Joe built themselves in the 1970s. All are welcome. Please contact the family at jpiercy@sympatico.ca for more details.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Blodwen, we suggest you consider Ottawa Humanists: https://ottawahumanists.net/index.php/contact/donate/.

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