Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Elizabeth Lapointe R.I.P.

Sad news. Elizabeth Lapointe, a longstanding member of the Ottawa and Ontario genealogical community passed away on Monday, 13 March 2017.
A genealogy blogger, professional researcher. writer, journalist, author, editor of the Ontario Genealogical Society journal Families and proud Nova Scotian, Elizabeth had many talents and abilities.
Regrets to Elizabeth`s many friends and long-time partner Mario who informs me that plans for a memorial service are in progress for the coming weeks.


The following appreciation was sent to members by Patti Mordasewicz, President of The Ontario Genealogical Society

Obituary – Elizabeth Lapointe

The Ontario Genealogical Society regrets to announce the sudden passing of our Families editor, Elizabeth Lapointe.  Elizabeth had just completed the spring 2017 issue, which will be available in the next week, and it will stand as her last issue.  Elizabeth became Editor of Newsleaf with the November issue of 2006, and continued in that role until April of 2011.  During her tenure as editor of Newsleaf, she expanded the publication to include an e-Newsleaf edition, which began in March of 2008, and was issued in months in which the longer print edition was not published.

In August of 2010 Elizabeth stepped in as the Guest Editor of Families, taking over from an ailing editor and working with volunteers and OGS staff to complete the August edition.  Her first complete edition as Editor occurred with the November 2010 edition, and she has faithfully produced four issues per year since then, culminating in her 26th issue, the Spring edition about to be released.

Throughout her tenure with The Ontario Genealogical Society, Elizabeth set the bar high in terms of editorials, content and standards for publication.  She was always willing to work with content, copy and layout editors to produce both publications which were respected and well-read in genealogical communities far beyond OGS.

In addition to her outstanding contributions to OGS, Elizabeth’s Genealogy Canada blog was widely read and had a large and loyal following of genealogists and those interested in Canadian family history.  As a professional genealogist, Elizabeth helped others in their quest for family history knowledge.

Our sincere condolences go out to J. Mario Lapointe, Elizabeth’s husband and helpmate, on this sudden and profound loss, from the entire OGS family.


Yvonne Demoskoff said...

What sad news...

Christine Woodcock said...

That's incredibly sad news, John. My deepest sympathies to Mario.

Dave Obee said...

I met her in Ottawa many years ago. Lots of enthusiasm and energy. She will be missed.

Gail B said...

I worked with Elizabeth for some time, both as a contributor of articles to the OGS Families, but also as a Keffer judge for the OGS family stories. I also helped her a bit on her own Niagara ancestry.

Elizabeth was a fine editor. They are few and far between. She will be much missed by the Genealogical community.

Condolences to her family, but also to the OGS, who will find replacing her difficult.

Gail B

Unknown said...

Mario, I just learned of this horrible news. My sincerest condolences, Mario. Contact me at 613-521-8316. Sincerely, Margaret