Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies At The Age Of 87

20130408-134330.jpgPicture Courtesy Of CNN

And another legendary politician has passed away today, April 8th, 2013.

Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, died at the age of 87 years.

Needless to say, the feisty politician, who was dubbed the “Iron Lady” by a Soviet Journalist, made tremendous inroads during her tenure as Prime Minister. She was a stubborn, determined entity and it goes without saying that her presence in the political arena paved the way for female politicians around the world to make their mark.

The quote in the above picture made me smile. And, although we have indomitable male forces in the political world, I have to say that this quote pretty much rings true.

So, to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, may we say one resounding and final thank you to you for gracing and inspiring us with your indomitable spirit. May you Rest In Peace.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies At The Age Of 87”

  1. No finer ally has the United States had since Sir Winston Churchill, both in war and peace. Both President Reagan and Bush depended on her sound, level headed advice during a perilous time in world history.

    KT McFarland who worked under the secretary of defense during the Reagan administration, relates a sound piece of advice given her by Margaret Thatcher. She told her, as a public woman, never leave home without a second dress or suite; advice which she took to heart and presumably follows.

    Margret Thatcher and her type that were grounded in fundamental principals will be missed and we will be the poorer for her passing.

    Thank you indeed.


  2. Yes, indeed. Gene. She is the stuff of legends. She will be sorely missed – what a strong, determined, focused woman! Hard to live up to I would think. She was one in a million. Tough! Stoic!


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