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DOBBIN, Kathleen Mary

October 8, 1920 – April 4, 2012

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Kathleen Mary Dobbin, beloved wife, mother, grand mother, and great grandmother on April 4, 2012 at the age of 91 years.

Kathleen was born October 8, 1920 in Sedgwick, Alberta and raised in Southern Ontario in the Prince Edward County area. She joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women’s Devision) in 1942 and toured with the Precision Drill Squad across Canada, showing up ‘the boys’ as the often liked to say. It was in the service that Kathleen met her husband Colin (a pilot) during the war. They were married on June 20, 1946, celebrating 58 years together before Colin passed on. Kathleen and Colin loved to travel, enjoying many locations over the last 50 years, a favorite destination was Ireland.

Kathleen was a longtime member of the PEO, served as secretary to the RCAF in Ontario, and was actively involved in the church all of her life, singing in choirs and serving on many volunteer boards. One of her great passions was gardening and she especially loved to work amongst her award winning roses with her cats.

Kathleen was a dignified and noble woman, facing life as a great adventure. She was perpetually young at heart, with a keen interest in world affairs. Her strength of character and faith carried her through many of life’s difficulties with aplomb, or as Colin would say “just smoke ‘er on through Kathleen!” She was a lovely, gracious lady to the end.

She leaves behind her son Chris (Deborah), and daughters Rosemary (John) and Jennifer; grandkids Jason (Danita), Crystal Lynn and Raymond; as well as her great grandchildren Matthew, Ethan, Chanel, Corban, and Brooke.

Kathleen was predeceased by her husband Colin Robertson Dobbin, parents Beatrice and Ralph Grimmon, and brothers Harry, Calvin, Sirling, and Don.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Senior Adult Ministries at Central United Church 131 – 7th Ave, S.W. (403-269-3701).

A service in celebration of Kathleen’s life will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Church of Calgary (131 – 7th Ave, S.W.).

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  1. Rusty Miller and Family :

    Dear Chris, Rosemary and Jennifer,

    My parents, Dusty and Katie Miller, were longtime friends with Colin and Kathleen from their days together in the RCAF. Before my mother passed away last spring we had time together to reminisce about her friends and she mentioned many times your family and the experiences they shared. It is a tribute to Kathleen’s grace and humour that she was remembered so well for bringing joy and a smile to her many friends over so many years. Please know that our deepest feelings of sympathy are with you. Rusty and Patti Miller

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  2. Darlene Shantz (Grimmon) :

    Just wanted to say that the obituary in the Picton Gazette was a lovely description of Aunt Kathleen. I am saddened to hear of her passing and just wanted to extend my sympathy to the family. I feel privileged to have known her and Uncle Collin when they lived in Black Creek. She will be missed by you all greatly I’m sure.

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