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June Hill Ainsworth

d. May 23, 2016

June Hill Ainsworth of Lakeshore Road passed away May 23, 2016 with her loving family by her side. June was a lifelong artist whose primary love was her family, art in all forms, the beauty of nature and expressing that beauty and curiosity of life through her many mediums of artwork. June began her artistcareer at as a teenager doing commercial art for Rapid, Grip & Batten Limited in Montreal, Quebec.

June studied fine art with Arthur Lismer and David Feist of the Bau Haus. She also studied Fine art at Ecole des beaux Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal, Concordia University, and Goddard College, Vermont where she obtained a Masters in Fine Art. June had many exhibits throughout her career including Montreal, Toronto, New York City, Boston , Houston , Tokyo, Slovenia, Germany and New Zealand. June had a particular fondness for the Old Mill Artist Colony in Elizabethtown in the sixties when artists from all over the country would come to the Adirondacks to take drawing classes from the visiting masters and then head out to the mountains for an afternoon of painting. It was this love of the Adirondacks that brought her to the US to raise her daughters and live out her life.
In addition to art June had a passion for the theatre. In the 1950’s when Montreal and Ottawa had an exciting emerging theatre and broadcasting environment she worked side by side with Lorne Greene (Bonanza) at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and William Shatner at the Montreal Repertory Theatre. June’s love of the theater transcended into her daughter Victoria’s life of ballet and her granddaughter Vienna’s devotion to the theatre.
June’s career was far reaching and elaborate. June was a Fashion Director of Ogilvy’s Department store in Montreal where her job was advising the haute couture collections and presenting fashion shows attended by Queen Elisabeth when the Queen was a young princess. June worked in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Northern Canada, Houston Texas, North Carolina and finally settled in Plattsburgh. June was on faculty at Plattsburgh State University and the University of Vermont.
June also worked for the U.S. government in the field of national security during the cold war. June was engaged to an American soldier during WWII. He was tragically killed in action and his bravery and memories were forever cherishedalong with his medals. June later married John Ainsworth, a fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. That bond created two daughters, Valerie and Victoria and the next generation granddaughter Vienna. All who were inspired and blessed by June’s free thinking, progressive mind and love of the world around us.
June was predeceased by her father Alfred Hill and her mother Gertrude Hill. She had no brothers or sisters. June was married to John Ainsworth who left this world far too early leaving her a widow with two girls to raise on her own. She was always proud of the fact she supported her family by her art work. This was accomplished at a time when women’s salaries were nowherenear equitable to men doing the same work.
June is survived by her daughter Cherlynn Victoria Ainsworth and her granddaughter Vienna Ainsworth-Kroupenkova. She is also survived by her daughter Valerie June Ainsworth and husband Lawrence Guynup. June is also survived by two feline companions Maggie and Pippin.
June loved the wild beauty of the Adirondacks and had great respect for nature and it’s splendor.
June was an avid golfer, swimmer and skier. June was a free thinker and ahead of her time in many ways. She loved to discuss topics about art, politics, nature conservancy and academia right up until her last days. June’s legacy of art will continue to inspire and spread her message about life, spirituality, faith and love of nature for generations to come.
June always said she did not want any fuss when she left this world. “Give me my flowers while I am here.” There will be no calling hours or service. A celebration of her life and art exhibit is planned in the coming months.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Combat Veterans Healing Retreat Program at Homeward Bound Adirondacks, PO Box 1100, Saranac Lake NY 12983.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
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