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Queen’s remembers student Ilse Loomer-Scott

The Queen’s community is remembering Ilse Loomer-Scott who died suddenly on Wednesday, July 15 of a brain aneurysm. She was 21 years old.

Ilse Loomer-Scott
Ilse Loomer-Scott

Ilse was a fourth-year global development studies student, a student varsity coach for the Queen's rowing team, and was active in the Kingston Rowing Club.

During her time at Queen’s Ilse had joined the Gaels rowing team and served as an assistant coach this past year, primarily coaching the novice team, helping the men's novice eight to an OUA gold and the women's novice four to OUA silver. She was also on the Gaels rowing development roster last winter.

“Ilse was a valued member of both the Kingston Rowing Club and Queen's Rowing Team, where she was both a caring teammate and compassionate coach. Her positive outlook on life and infectious smile always served as a good reminder not to take any situation too seriously and she will be greatly missed around the boathouse. Our thoughts are with llse's family in these difficult times," says Rami Maassarani, Head Coach, Queen's Rowing.

This past winter Ilse was attending Sweden’s Uppsala University for a semester on exchange when she had to return to her home in British Columbia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this meant the end of an exceptional experience abroad, it did mean that she was at home with her family when the unexpected happened.

Ilse enjoyed many sports including soccer and rowing and most recently surfing. Her last day was spent surfing in the pouring rain (her favourite kind of weather) with her family at Cox Bay in Tofino B.C.

Ilse had a great love of music including playing, composing and recording. She played the guitar, piano and drums. Wherever she went Ilse brought her love of music with her and took great pleasure in bringing friends together to make music. This could be anywhere, be it in the basement of their student house in Kingston, in their student flat in the Flogsta neighbourhood of Uppsala or 200 km north of the arctic circle on a weekend trip in Sweden to see the northern lights.

If you knew her, you would have experienced her openness, her kindness, her humour, and her resilience. 

From her obituary: “The world is a beautiful place full of amazing people. Ilse would want you to enjoy it, respect it and treat it with care. She lived a very full 21 years. One of Ilse’s gifts was that she didn’t wait until tomorrow to live, but lived each day to its fullest aligned with her values. It is a way of life that leads to having no regrets.”

The funeral was hosted on July 21 and was made available via Facebook live stream.

A family obituary is available online.