It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy Elizabeth McDowell, née Rance, who died peacefully in Victoria, Canada. After attending Kildare St School in Dublin, Dorothy became a celebrated pianist of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and a popular entertainer, playing for Jackie Kennedy in 1967. She was a prolific reader and a keen and witty observer of the world. She was predeceased by her beloved parents Harry and Betty Rance, and is survived by her husband Sid; brother Albert and his wife Joan and children Stephen and Melissa and family; children Maureen and Ian and their spouses Steve and Carolynn; grandchildren Nicholas, Laura, Max, Sean, Siobhan, Dylan, Brendan, and Molly; great-grandchildren Zephyr and Luke; cousins Teddy, Harry, Una and Leonie and extended family; and the Flewett family. We thank the wonderful staff at The Summit care home. Dorothy’s heart remained in Dublin, her life’s love. Her spirit is with her friends and loved ones.

“My world forever, the sunshine of your smile.”

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:00 am in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens with immediate family and invited guests only in attendance.  All others are invited to attend virtually via Zoom by clicking the following link.  Please use your video camera when joining so that family in attendance can see you and feel your support.

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  • Laura Murray

    A lovely tribute to Dorothy. I am saddened by her departure, but know she is at peace. I have many memories of Dorothy singing Irish tunes and playing the piano. The entire room would light up and sing along.
    Heartfelt condolences to Maureen, Ian , Sid and all of the grandchildren and extended family. Rest in Peace

  • Bryan Flewett

    We were really saddened to hear of Dor’s departure. Many fond memories of holidays, music and just good fun. Heart felt condolences to all the family.

    Lek and Bryan (Flewett)

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