February 19, 1916 – June 9, 2014
After a life filled with happy memories and much love, Dorothy passed away peacefully on June 9, 2014 at the age of 98 years. The daughter of Gerry and Elsie Willis, Dorothy was born in Toronto on February 19, 1916. She graduated as a nurse in 1938 from the Toronto East General Hospital. Dorothy met John, then a medical student from the Toronto University, and as she states in the book they authored together (You and I), “he would change my life forever”. During their lengthy retirement, Dorothy and John travelled extensively, spending winters in California and Victoria. They became residents of Victoria for several years, acquiring many wonderful friendships. They moved back to Calgary in 1995 to be close to their family. They later moved into the Canyon Meadows Retirement Residence where for the past six years Dorothy enjoyed the laughter, fun and games with her dear friends Vi, Freda, Ruth and JP.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband John on May 20, 2010 after sixty-seven years of marriage. She was also predeceased by her daughter Maralee Pozzo on September 16, 2011.
Dorothy is survived by her sons David (Leslie), Doug (Simonne), daughter Susan (Andy Lockhart) and son-in-law Gary Pozzo. Dorothy’s life was filled with the joy of ten special grandchildren; Gregg (Ruthie), Karen (Jay Fjestad), Janet (Chris Scase), Renée (Ryan Duckworth), Robert Birrell (Talia), Cathy Roberts, Stephen (Kerry Lockhart), Kevin, Michael (Renee Pozzo), and Kent Pozzo. Dorothy is also survived by sixteen great-grandchildren and John’s sister Eileen Rhamey and family. At Dorothy’s request, no service will be held. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Intercare Southwood Hospice for the compassionate and understanding care they provided to Dorothy. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If you wish to make a donation in Dorothy’s memory, please direct it to the charity of your choice.
In living memory of Dorothy Birrell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences