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ANNE DOHERTY Obituary pic


Born: Apr 08, 1935

Date of Passing: May 31, 2019

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April 8, 1935 - May 31, 2019

Anne was born and raised in Winnipeg, attended Riverbend School and graduated from Kelvin High School. She also attended the University of Manitoba and graduated from Normal School.
She is survived by her partner Ken Gray, daughters, Colleen (Rob), Lynda, Diane (Ron), and her son John (Kimberley).
Anne started her career writing a column at the Winnipeg Free Press. An accomplished professional, Anne eventually become the Executive Director of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce through the early 1990s and also worked in marketing at both the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Western Canada Lottery Corporation. Her love of flowers and an entrepreneurial spirit soon found her owning a Grower's Direct store for over a decade with her partner, Ken.
Growing up she was a talented figure skater and eventually transitioned from skating to judging. She was a Canadian and International Skating Union (ISU) judge and whose judging took her all over the world. She was past chairperson of Skate Canada Manitoba (1968 to 1973) and inducted into the Skate Canada Manitoba Honour Society in 1991.
Anne's heart lived at the family cottage at Matlock where she loved to garden and entertain. Always an achiever, Anne was very concerned about the health of Lake Winnipeg and was a founding board member of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation while serving as president (2007 to 2009) and remaining active on the board from 2005 to 2011.
Her true passion was family and friends. She loved seeing generations of families playing in the water or enjoying a good game of bean bag across the front lawns. Anne had many friends and was a second mom to many, especially the children of her lifelong friends, lake family and friends of her son John.
The family would like to thank the staff at Selkirk General Hospital where she received incredible care and compassion. In particular Dr. Spencer and the caregivers on the second floor. In addition, the family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Brian Penner and staff (Karen and Jim) of the Hypertension Clinic and also Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy and staff (Tom and Lori) of the Rheumatoid Clinic both at the Health Sciences Centre for their years of care and compassion for Anne. Anne would also like to acknowledge the work of Physiotherapist Murray MacHutchon. Anne's answer to everything was "go see Murray!".
A celebration to remember Anne will be held at Niakwa Country Club on Thursday, June 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 04, 2019

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Just to add to my reflections above, I was delighted just now to donate to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation in Anne's memory, another reason I shall remember her and Mum when looking out over the lake. Love, David - Posted by: David Bain (Friend) on: Jul 05, 2019

  • Anne was a big part of my life through Figure Skating. She judged my partner and I when we competed. She was there to help us at all times. Her advise was positive, professional and always from the heart. Through business I have been able to get to know John her son. When we would meet we would mostly talk about Anne. His love for her shone through. Sincere Condolences to John and the rest of the family. Love Lil Heming - Posted by: Lillian Heming (Skating Colleague) on: Jun 19, 2019

  • Anne judged me many times when I competed, and she was one of my role models as a young official in the great sport of figure skating. She always exuded professionalism, integrity and kindness. Cheers to a life well lived. My deepest condolences to Anne's family and friends. May she RIP. - Posted by: Debbie Islam (Skating Colleague ) on: Jun 06, 2019

  • Dear Ken & Anne's family: Our apologies as we were unable to attend today's celebration to honour Anne. We will miss this lovely neighbour who warmly welcomed us when we moved to the condo. Anne was always outgoing, interesting and definitely an inspiration. We will miss her smile and our many chats on a broad range of topics! - Posted by: Linda & Butch (neighbours) on: Jun 06, 2019

  • Anne was a wonderful friend to my mum, Carol, over the years, especially at Matlock and the Lake, where they had many fun times. I enjoyed catching up with Anne since Mum died in 2000, including last summer, and I am so sorry to hear this news. We will miss you, Anne, greatly. - Posted by: David Bain and family (Son of a good friend of Anne's) on: Jun 06, 2019

  • Dear Ken, Anne’s family and friends, our deepest condolences to Ken and Anne’s family. Anne was a great lady, friend and neighbour and will be missed by all who knew her. - Posted by: Reg and Anna Faulkes (Friends) on: Jun 05, 2019

  • I worked with Ann as a staff photographer along with Les Doherty. Ann was a wonderful person and we covered many events for the newspaper together. Very sorry to hear of her passing. Gerry Cairns - Posted by: Gerald Cairns (Co-worker and worked with Les Doherty) on: Jun 05, 2019

  • I have such fond memories of Anne as a wise, talented and always fun-loving compatriot. She will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Ann Shaw (Fellow skating official) on: Jun 05, 2019

  • I met Anne early in my judging career as a young judge from PEI. I had the privilege to judge with Anne as well as serve on committees with her. Anne had such integrity. My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Deborah J MacMurdo (Skating friend) on: Jun 05, 2019

  • To Anne's Family and Friends. As a young skating judge I had some wonderful judging trips with Anne. She was always supportive of all and such a cheerful and helpful travel companion. My condolences to you all. - Posted by: Shirra Kenworthy (Judging colleague (skating)) on: Jun 05, 2019

  • Skate Canada Manitoba would like to express our deepest sympathies to Ann's family. Ann was chairperson of Skate Canada Manitoba and a member of the Skate Canada Manitoba Honour Society. Ann spent many hours of hard work and dedication to the sport of figure skating in Manitoba for that we can not say enough thank yous to express our gratitude. May you rest in peace. - Posted by: Skate Canada Manitoba (Friend) on: Jun 05, 2019

  • My condolences to Ken and family. We have known Ann for a few years. She was truly remarkable, she helped organized Pickle Ball at our condo. She knew how to bring people together. We will miss her smile, spirit and joy she has brought to others. - Posted by: Josie and Wolfgang (Friend) on: Jun 05, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathy from all of us at the Skate Canada National Service Centre, Ottawa, ON - Posted by: Emery Leger (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2019

  • To Anne's family and friends, our skating world has lost a dear colleague with Anne's passing. As a young skater in Winnipeg Anne judged me many times. She then encouraged me to begin judging and was a wonderful mentor, role model and friend going forward. We traveled to many competitions together all over the world. I will miss her smile and sense of humour. My condolences to you all....Jeannie Senft - Posted by: Jeannie Senft (Skating colleague) on: Jun 04, 2019

  • My sincerest condolences to Ken and family on the loss of a truly wonderful lady. Over the years when Ken and Anne had the flower shop, they never missed sending our office a beautiful bouquet of flowers for "Secretary's Week". We also had the pleasure of spending many company Christmas dinners with them. Her loss will be felt by many. - Posted by: Jo-Anne Ingram (Friend and associate of Ken Gray) on: Jun 04, 2019

  • I am very sorry to hear of Anne’s passing! She was a solid woman much admired by all! I will not be able to attend her service; small surgery that day! But my heart will be there. Sincerely, Lois MacDonald - Posted by: Lois MacDonald (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2019

  • I grew up with the Doherty family. We shared many Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter dinners during my formative years. Anne was a second mother to me. She played a huge role in my life as a kid and as an adult. I will miss her. She was a great soul. Forever in my heart. I miss you Anne!!! Warmest Hugs...Love Dawn McClure - Posted by: Dawn McClure-Anderson (Longtime family friend) on: Jun 04, 2019

  • Dear Ken and Anne’s family and friends, please accept my condolences on the loss of Anne. A wonderful lady with whom we shared many happy moments at Matlock. - Posted by: Malcolm Stewart (Family friend) on: Jun 04, 2019

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