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DORSAY, Richard (Dick) Ernest

June 28, 1929 – Hamilton, ON

June 10, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Richard beloved husband of Hilda of Calgary, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on June 10, 2013 in his 84th year.

After graduating from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering in 1953, Richard (Dick) had a long and respected career as a Professional Engineer with Imperial Oil; first in Sarnia (1953-1977) and then in Calgary (1977-retirement). He married Hilda (nee Brown) in 1954 in London, ON. He was an active church member for many years, serving as a Warden and Board member at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Sarnia, ON and at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary. Richard was a wonderful husband, father and a true gentleman with a quick wit and a great sense of humour. He loved spending time with the family’s English Springer Spaniels, watching hockey and tending to his roses. He will be greatly missed.

Richard is survived by his wife Hilda; son Stephen (Lynn Zeidler); daughters Barbara, Anne and Lynn (Stuart Gilmour); sisters-in-law Mildred Dorsay and Dorothy Brown; nephews John (Jan Park Dorsay), Andrew Dorsay, Christopher Dorsay; niece Sandra Dorsay and long-time friend Robina Cuthbert.

Richard was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Rhea Dorsay (1962 & 1971), son Brian Richard Dorsay (1981), brother John Conrad Dorsay (2005) and nephew Mark Dorsay (2009).

A Memorial service will be held in the fall of 2013. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to thank Dr. Braden Manns and Dr. Régine Mydlarski for their exceptional care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978,

In living memory of Richard Dorsay, 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.

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  1. Betty Clair :

    Lynn and family, very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.

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  2. Glenn Mainland :

    My condolences on your loss.
    I enjoyed working with Dick at Imperial Oil so many years ago.

    Glenn Mainland

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  3. Rebecca Ferguson :

    Condolences to your family from all of ours. I remember your dad’s sense of humour, especially with a household of women! I have many memories of your dad but one that has always touched me is that Baxter one of your puppies, that I was fortunate enough to have come live with me, just loved your dad. Every time he went over to the house he would jump up next to him. The last time Bax saw your dad he made an effort to walk over to him (as Bax was not too well) just as your dad was leaving the house, to say goodbye, as if he knew this would be the last time he saw Dick. So I like to believe that he is in grand company with all the puppies and having a gin and tonic with my dad! Your dad was always a true gentleman and will be missed.

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  4. Dorothy Dagg :

    Dear Hilda & family
    My deepest sympathy to you all in the loss of Dick. My prayers and love are with you.

    Dorothy Dagg

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  5. Paul Ingalls :

    Dear Hilda and family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for Dick’s loss. I first met Dick when I worked in Sarnia Refinery from 1972 – 75. Then I worked in his group in Calgary from 1978-82 on the Cold Lake Mega Project. What a great boss he was! No politics with Dick running the show. In 1981, my wife Micheline, who passed away from Lymphoma in 2012, and children Christine & Mark, had the great pleasure of looking after Mandy while your family was in Seattle with Brian. The kids loved that dog and we took her everywhere with us. Mandy was the major reason why we got a dog of our own the next year! I worked with Stephen at Imperial in the mid-nineties and still see him occasionally in the Crowfoot Co-op. I retired early at 55 in 2002. I’m very happy that I did, as it turns out, because it gave Micheline and I ten years of travelling to Europe, spending 4+ months every summer at our Lake cottage in New Brunswick and, most of all, spending a lot of time with our 4 grand kids before Micheline passed. I’m very happy that Dick had a good long retirement with his family and was able to spend a lot of time at his hobbies. All my best wishes for the future.

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