(Lillian) Frances Dawson (née Haine) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, leaving a legacy of warmth and cherished memories.  (Lillian) Frances Dawson was the beloved wife of the late John Alfred Dawson (Alfie), loving mother of Colleen & Mish (Middelmann), Deirdre & Mark (Taylor), Leelah & Rhordon (Wikkramatileke) and John & Lynn (née Mitenko) and adored grandmother to Shingi Middelmann & Zoey Chenitz, Temba Middelmann & Chrisantha Chetty, Teagan Dawson, Adrian Dawson, Declan Taylor, Rebecca Taylor and Alison (Wikkramatileke).

Her deep devotion to her family was her most abiding characteristic shaping her rich and long life.

Daughter of Elizabeth and Percy Haine, she grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She met her beloved Alfie on a holiday to Northern Ireland in 1947, married there in 1951 and returned to Canada in 1952 residing in Scarborough, Waterdown, Ottawa, London (UK), Oakville, Nanaimo and finally Victoria.

Following her marriage, Frances was a homemaker extending generous hospitality to numerous friends with her warm smile and wonderful baking. She volunteered for many years with the Girl Guides, and hospices in Oakville and Nanaimo. She was a lover of textiles sewing, weaving and knitting throughout her life.

Special thanks to Dorjee Kyi and Jenna Bolton for their care for Frances in recent years and to a special friend Juhree Zimmerman.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victoria Hospice Society https://victoriahospice.org/how-you-can-help/ways-to-donate/donate/

or Oxfam Canada https://secured.oxfam.ca/page/116335/donate/

would be appreciated.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Adam Campbell

    As a school friend of her son John, I knew Frances mostly when I was a teenager and in my early 20s. She and Alfie were kind and generous to me, as well as gracious and wise. She had a great smile and knew how to respond to our antics. Her iced tea was my favourite (it’s never been bettered), closely followed by her baking. The fishing camp up in Quebec (I was invited a few times in the late 1970s) still provides me with fond memories of her hosting and warm way with everyone. Now, older and a little wiser, I can she was living her life well and am heartened to know she was surrounded by loving family to the end.

  • Susan & Jim Chenitz

    Frances shared her love and warmth, her spirit and joy of life with all who knew her. She was truly an inspiration! Each of us who got even a bit of time with Frances were blessed with one extra growth spurt. Her joy of life and her gracious manner offered a life lesson to cherish. Our lives have lost an inspiring human being but her way of life taught enduring lessons

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