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Doreen passed away on March 29, 2023.

I am writing my own obituary, mainly because, who knows me better than me???

To those who touched my life in countless ways, friendships, a kind word or deed, compassion, unconditional love, always there for me through good, bad and in between times, offering warm, comforting hugs, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To my dear cousin Brian, thank you for reaching out, across the miles via phone and letters. Thank you for the special times we had in Calgary and Victoria. Thank you for organizing my lists of books and authors. Most of all, for keeping in touch, caring about, what was happening in my life.

To my friends, who shared your time, families, trips to Grand Forks, Grand Beach, Lockport, Spanish lessons, aerobic classes, special celebrations, movies, bingo nights, etc.


At the tender age of 15, I sold sweets at Woolworths. At 16, I started my professional career as a clerk and typist at the Dominion Bank on Main and McDermot (later to become TD Bank and TD Canada Trust). Several years later, I decided to "Turn a Page in my Diary of Life".

I answered an ad in the Free Press from the law firm, Richardson & Co. (which later evolved into Taylor McCaffrey) looking for a receptionist. My interview was a success and the next 25 years of my life were my happiest. I loved meeting and greeting people, switchboard kept me busy all day while attending to a steady flow of clients. Other clerical duties and miscellaneous filled in a full day.

When it came to vacation time, I fulfilled one of my passions (other than shopping) by choosing a different island every year, always in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Bahamas, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Del Sol and so many more tropical climates.

One of many special memories was in the Dominican Republic, where I met a young man who was trying to make a living by transporting tourists around the island on a motorized old bicycle. I threw caution to the breezes, hopped on the back (no helmet), heart throbbing while bumping along unpaved roads and hills, wherever the eye could see. The scenery was breathtaking. Vibrant colourful flowers, plants, palm trees so tall it looked as if they were touching the clear blue sky. We stopped at a few souvenir stalls and at a delightful outdoors "refresh yourself with snacks and cold drinks." If you felt like it, you could get up and dance to the merengue, reggae, salsa beat, all outdoors. After five hours of "Native lifestyles, easy breezy, don't worry, be happy", I was safely back at my hotel with a sore and tender booty, worth every peso.

Another special memory was from the Southern Part of the Dominican Republic. An employee of the hotel I stayed at, took me to his home on his day off, to meet his wife and children. Our mode of travel, was his motorcycle. Once again, I was barefoot and fancy-free, oh what a scary, but exciting feeling.

I was invited to stay for supper, the food was a mixture of chicken and seafood, cooked island style "yummy in the tummy". They invited some neighbours over and it was party and dance time. What a fun and happy day and evening!!!

I have a heart full of love, laughter and fun, thanks to all those who helped make it happen!!

It's a New Dawn, it's a New Day and I'm feeling free as a breeze.

I was predeceased by my precious mother, my brother and father. Also, most family extended relatives.

There will be no service.

Please consider donations to the following in Celebration of my Life, CancerCare Manitoba, Heart & Stroke, Robert A. Steen Day Hospital or a charity of your choice.

Muchos Gracias

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 15, 2023

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I met Dodi when I worked at the senior home she lived in. Dodi was full of adventure, and we did have some. She loved to laugh and just live. - Posted by: Eleanor Rogalsky (Friend) on: May 07, 2023

  • I sure miss you Big D - Posted by: Janice Dilk (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2023

  • My dear friend Doreen, I will miss you and I will miss your letters and cards and our phone calls. Fun Fridays will always make me think of you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spirit with us. - Posted by: Cheryl (Friend ) on: Apr 24, 2023

  • To the loved ones and friends of Dodi, My Mom Irene was a life long friend of Dodi’s from the time my Mom started selling Dodi Avon when she was working for the law firm. We moved to Nova Scotia in 1975 and Mom and Dodi continued to stay in touch regularly with letters and family photos. We grew up knowing all about Dodi through Mom and her stories. When Mom passed away in 2017, I contacted Dodi to let her know and then we continued on our correspondence until today when I sat down to write her a letter. Something told me to google her name and her obituary came up. I am heartbroken. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to get to know Dodi these past years through our correspondence, she was a very special person and she was thrilled when we made her ‘honorary great Nanny’ to our first grandchild Rosie, whom she affectionately called Rosebud Rosie Posie. I know that she suffered these last couple of years with numerous ailments, so I am glad she is at peace. But I am sad for us, she felt like my adopted grandmother and I miss her already. Her hand written obituary brings such a smile to my face, she was truly one of a kind. I am honoured to have had some time to get to know this lovely lady, I have many photos she sent me of herself, always lovely and well put out until the end. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends on such a difficult loss. I only selfishly wish I had longer with her. - Posted by: Susan MacCready Mahtab (Friend) on: Apr 22, 2023

  • I met Dodi (as she was lovingly called) when I started working at Richardson & Company (later becoming Taylor McCaffrey) on Garry Street in the early 1970’s. Dodi was a cheerful and exuberant person and her position as receptionist was a perfect fit for her. Over the years after we both retired we would occasionally bump into each other and would catch up as if no time had passed. She will be sadly missed. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Penny Rossman (Friend and working acquaintance ) on: Apr 15, 2023

  • In the past I worked with Doreen (Dodi). She was a welcoming presence when arriving at the office and was always cheerful and full of life. Too well loved to ever be forgotten. Rest in peace - Posted by: Winnifred (Former co-worker) on: Apr 15, 2023

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