Trudi Le Caine

Subject: Trudi Le Caine
From: Ian Chuprun (
Date: Thu Sep 09 1999 - 13:54:18 EDT

I have found the obituary from the Globe and Mail about Trudi Le Caine,
reprinted here for your information.


Le CAINE, Trudi (nee Janowski) Order of Canada, Patron of the Arts

Thursday, September 9, 1999 Le CAINE, Trudi (nee Janowski) Order of Canada,
Patron of the Arts Peacefully, in Ottawa, on Sunday, September 5, 1999, at
the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Hugh Le Caine and devoted
daughter of Dr. Arnold Walter and Maria Hoeberger. Friends may visit at the
Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on
Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Memorial Service to be held at Mackay United Church, 257 Mackay Street,
Ottawa, on Saturday, September 11, 1999 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow at the
McGarry Reception Centre, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers
donations to the Trudi Le Caine Fund of the Community Foundation of Ottawa
Carleton, 301-75 Albert St., Ottawa, K1P 5E7, would be appreciated.

Trudi Le Caine
Supported arts for 55 years The 'doyenne of patrons' received Order of
Canada in 1991

DONN DOWNEY - The Globe and Mail Wednesday, September 8, 1999

She was referred to as "the doyenne of arts patrons in Ottawa" when she
became a member of the Order of Canada in 1991, a woman devoted to many of
the city's cultural organizations.

The National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra and Opera
Lyra all owe at least part of their existence to Trudi Le Caine, who spent
55 years promoting the arts.

"She was a compassionate but determined lady," said a friend, Cynthia
Durance. "Once she was convinced that something had to be done, she wouldn't
let go."

Ms. Le Caine died of a heart attack on Sunday at her home in Ottawa. She was

Daniel Grummisch, a friend who cared for her over the past several months,
said she was also the first to think of skating on the Rideau Canal during

"It was her idea," Mr. Grummisch said. "She put the bug in the ear of
Douglas Fullerton," who was the chairman of the National Capital Commission.

She had originally taken her idea to the mayor, but he didn't think anybody
would skate on the canal, said Ms. Durance. After the mayor refused, Ms. Le
Caine went to Mr. Fullerton, who liked the idea and pushed it through.

In 1971, the canal opened for skaters. Ms. Durance said about 10,000 people
showed up on the first day. At eight kilometres long, the canal is described
as the world's longest skating rink. Besides serving commuters in winter, it
is a major tourist attraction.

Ms. Le Caine was born Gertrude Janowski in Bohemia and grew up in
Czechoslovakia. After Hitler came to power she openly opposed the regime and
was once beaten. She finally fled to Spain when she heard there was a
warrant out for her arrest.

Spain was on the brink of civil war, so Ms. Janowski went to Paris where she
attended the Sorbonne, qualifying as a teacher. Before France fell to the
Germans in 1940, she came to Canada, joining her parents.

In 1942, Ms. Janowski arrived in Ottawa to join the public service,
censoring letters written by German prisoners-of-war in Canada. "She wasn't
very good at it," Mr. Grummisch said. She did not seem to know what
qualified as sensitive information.

She soon found a happier home teaching French in the Ottawa school system.

Ms. Le Caine had no children of her own but helped found the Ottawa
Children's Concerts in 1946.

She also encouraged young artists by exhibiting their paintings in her home.
She would then stage an afternoon tea party for her more affluent friends in
the hope that some of the works would be sold.

When she was close to 50, she married Hugh Le Caine, a physicist and
musician. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1977.

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Ian Chuprun

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