Surrounded by loved ones, respected New Brunswick potter and owner of Crafted Images Pottery, Heather Dawn MacAlpine of Codys, NB, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2023, at the age of 60. Heather was born in Fredericton, NB on July 30, 1962. She grew up on her family’s farm in Lower Cambridge, NB, and was the daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth (Myers) MacAlpine. She is survived by her loving son, Nathanial Bond; sisters, Valerie Matthews (David) and Cindy Manderson; nieces, Victoria Matthews, and Elizabeth Manderson (Francis); and nephew Daniel Matthews (Anna). She was predeceased by her son, Eric Bond; parents; infant twin sister, Helen; and brother-in-law, Robert Manderson.
After many summers of working on the family farm, Heather attended New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, graduating in 1983. She went on to practice as a talented and prolific potter for nearly 40 years, and her pieces can be found well used and loved in homes around the world. As a member of the NB Crafts Council, Heather frequented dozens of Atlantic fine craft shows and sales over the years, making friends wherever she went. Heather drew inspiration for her work from her love of nature and antiques.
Heather was a beloved mother and supported her sons in everything they did. She encouraged her eldest son, Eric, in his love of antiques and local history. Heather worked tirelessly alongside her beloved son Nathanial as he has grown his pesticide-free vegetable farm in Codys from the roots up, often seen attending farmers’ markets with him.
She loved her community, was very involved, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. Heather was a lifetime member of Cody’s Women’s Institute and a board member of Queens County Heritage, Life at the Lakes, NB Crafts Council, and Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association. She was also an advocate for multiple local community issues and supported various charities.
Ever calm and strong through any adversity, Heather is described as fiercely independent, graceful, caring, and courageous by those who loved her. She was a patient and caring woman who brought many people together. She loved socializing, entertaining, and hosting family and holiday get-togethers. Generous and kind, she was always thinking of others’ needs above her own. Heather will be missed dearly by her beloved son Nathanial and her entire family, friends, and neighbours.
A special thank you to everyone who helped and supported Heather in any way throughout her journey.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home & Crematorium. All are welcome to participate in a celebration of Heather’s life, to be held at the Codys Women’s Institute Hall at 1 Codys Lane, Codys NB at 2 pm, Saturday, April 29th, 2023. Sandwiches or sweets are welcome. As per her wishes, donations in her memory can be made to Queens County Heritage for the care of the Anthony Flower House, a project that was dear to both Heather and her beloved son Eric. For those who would like to attend her internment, please contact the family at firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Please visit Heather's YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94u6gT90nec&t=5s