It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of beloved Canadian children’s book illustrator Wallace Edwards, affectionately referred to as Wally, on December 25, 2022.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Wally attended high school at Lisgar Collegiate Institute and was a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU), Toronto. He lived in Yarker, Ontario. Winner of the Governor-General’s Literary Award for his first book, Alphabeasts, he went on to write and illustrate 16 more books, winning many national and international awards. His most recent book, Do You Wonder? was published this year by Scholastic Canada. After receiving a diagnosis of terminal cancer in August, he completed work on his final book, Pigs Can’t Fly, currently in press.
Wally’s paintings can be found in private and public collections throughout the world. Over the years, he generously donated artwork from his picture books to raise funds for the CCBC through our art auctions. We are forever grateful for Wally’s support.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. There will be a service following cremation in Kingston, Ontario and a visitation and funeral followed by inurnment in Ottawa.
In Kingston, friends and family are invited to a memorial gathering on Friday, December 30th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston. For more information: .
In Ottawa, friends and family are invited Thursday, January 5th for a visitation to be held in the sanctuary at MacKay United Church, 39 Dufferin Rd., Ottawa, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
A Memorial Service will be held at MacKay, Friday, January 6th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. with inurnment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorial contributions to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, the Ottawa or Kingston Humane Society, or the Nature Conservancy of Canada are appreciated.