It is with sadness that we announce that Doreen died peacefully on March 28, 2019, three days before her 96th birthday. She was born in Plymouth, Devon, England to parents, Arthur and Frances Kingdon. Her very dear husband of 67 years, Harry, predeceased her in January of 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Louise (Charles); her son, Paul (Jean); grandchildren, Andrew (Jessica), Sarah (James), Katherine (Mike), Erica (Phil), and great grandchildren, Zachary, Emma, Lilah, and Evan.

She was a lovely lady who saw a lot in her lifetime from war to peace, long separations when Harry was at sea with the navy, and then immigration to Canada in 1954. Doreen and Harry always said that was the best decision they ever made.

We will remember her for her deep kindness to everyone, her dedication to family, her love of nature, her self-discipline and ability to organize, her resourcefulness, her fun surprises, and her outgoing nature. She had the gift of hospitality and hosted many English teas and dinners. Letter writing to friends, family, and shut-ins was a favourite interest of Doreen’s. Volunteer work was very much a part of her adult life, and she was known for her reliable, comforting presence with the Canadian Cancer Society where she served with Harry. She also spent many years performing voluntary service at church.

Special thanks to Rev. Erik Trovall of Peace Lutheran for his many kindnesses. Also, the family is grateful to the staff of Sidney All Care Residence for their loving and excellent care.

Doreen’s funeral will be held Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 2295 Weiler Avenue, Sidney, BC, followed by a luncheon in the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Our Place Society, the Canadian Red Cross, or Peace Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Kimberley Nemrava

    My sincere condolences. She sounds like a strong woman full of character who has left a wonderful legacy through her children and grandchildren. With sympathy.

  • Sonja Ruthe

    Dear Paul, Jean and family

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you big hugs Paul and Jean.
    What an amazing life of memories of nearly 96 years she must have shared with you.

  • Jeanette M Dagger

    Deepest condolences to the family. She indeed had a life well-lived, a very gracious lady.

  • Sean Mcsweeney

    I remember that Doreen would make the tiniest sandwiches but they were delicious she tolerated me Harry like me , and she like my window cleaning. That’s where the little sandwiches came in Rest in peace Doreen your with Harry now

  • John and Judy Macquarrie

    Doreen’s life was a life well-lived. Judy and I always remember her English charm. Her smile was so sweet and her voice was so reassuring. Truly, Doreen was everyone’s “Mum”. We reflect on all the fun times with dinners and “Salty Dips” (Naval memories) with Harry. Sometimes Doreen would have to give Harry “the Look”. She was a genteel, loving, kind – the perfect English Gentlewoman. We will miss her greatly as we do Harry. In 1 Corinthians 13:7 St Paul writes that “Love never dies.” We believe this to be so; thus, somehow Doreen and Harry are together again awaiting our joyous arrival when it’s our time to sail. May God’s Holy Spirit comfort all who mourn.
    Much, much love,
    John and Judy Macquarrie

  • Rhonda

    A beautifully written tribute for a wonderful life lived

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