Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Dr Claire Boudreau RIP

The Canadian Heraldic Authority announced the sad news today of the death of our most recent Fellow of the Society, Dr Claire Boudreau, formerly Chief Herald of Canada. We send our sincere condolences to her husband, James and her parents. The Chairman is writing on behalf of the Society. May she rest in peace.

The CHA post says:

 It is with a very heavy heart that we share news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Claire Boudreau.

Claire joined the Canadian Heraldic Authority as the Saguenay Herald in 1997 after completing a doctorate at the Sorbonne, in Paris. Serving as Saint-Laurent Herald (2000-2007), Deputy Chief Herald (2005-2007), and Chief Herald of Canada (2007-2020), she was made Margaree-Ch├ęticamp Herald Emeritus in 2020. While her influence on Canadian heraldry was immense, she also made notable contributions at the international level and had the distinction of being the first woman appointed as chief herald in the Commonwealth. Noted as an author and a lecturer, Claire also initiated the online Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada, and she was responsible for many beautifully innovative heraldic designs.
Claire embraced her role with enthusiasm, passion, and dedication. She was a dear friend to her colleagues at the CHA, the OSGG, and to many across Canada and the world. She will be greatly missed.