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SYMINGTON, Dorothy

July 12, 1955- Toronto, Ontario
November 22, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy Symington on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the age of 58 years. She left this world surrounded with loving friends and family.

Dorothy was born on July 12, 1955 and grew up in Aurora, Ontario. As a young adult she completed an undergraduate degree in sociology from Carleton University. During this time, she met the love of her life and developed long lasting friendships. In 1980 she relocated with her husband to Calgary, Alberta. True to her personality, she was determined and resolved to complete a Masters of Education from the University of Calgary. She successfully did so, all the while pregnant and with one toddler in tow. For over 30 years Dorothy worked as an ESL teacher for Bow Valley College. She was passionate in her role as she helped hundreds of newly immigrated Canadians integrate into Canadian culture. Dorothy’s exuberant personality always enabled her to connect with people. As an adult she searched for and connected with her biological mother, Louise Goodin. This allowed her to explore new and interesting aspects of her previously unknown Métis heritage and create new family connections. Throughout her life she was ever determined and combined her joy of people and skiing by gaining her certification as a ski instructor, quickly becoming the most requested instructor for return registrants. Dorothy was always striving to create new relationships and was motivated to improve the lives of others. She was a founding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in NW Calgary and devoted herself to her role as an elder. In conjunction with the Presbyterian Church, she courageously traveled to El Salvador and Nicaragua, during a period of civil war, to be involved with missionary work. Dorothy above all believed in Love and its unwavering and unyielding ability to unite and create beauty for others. Dorothy refused to let her illness dominate her life. She embraced physical fitness and having never participated in any form of running previously, recruited family members to fund raise and train with Team in Training. Together they successfully completed the 2012 Nike Women’s half marathon in San Francisco in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Dorothy faced her illness with courage, dignity and grace. Always fashionable, she kept her sass and style to the end. She will be forever missed by all who had the privilege to know her and share in her love. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Unit 38 and the outpatient treatment clinic at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, the Alberta Palliative Home Care Team, and Rosedale Hospice, for their professional and compassionate service.

She was pre-deceased by her parents George and Margaret Gould and leaves behind her loving husband Wayne Symington, their three children Stephanie (Connor), Danielle, and Kevin as well as many dear friends.

A Celebration of Dorothy’s Life will be held at the Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 VARSITY DRIVE N.W.) on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Hospice Calgary Society, #300, 628 – 12 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0H6 Telephone: (403) 263 – 4525 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, 110, 1202 Centre St. S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5A5 Telephone: (403) 263-5300 or (toll-free): 1 (866) 547 – LIFE (5433), www.lls.org/canada. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Dorothy Symington, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Donna (Dupont) Hankinson :

    Wayne and family, I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your wife and mother, it is just heartbreaking and way to young! She was a “beautiful” person and you all will have wonderful memories and she will be in your hearts forever.

    Donna

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  2. Danyele Julien/ Côme Desmeules :

    Very dear Wayne, Stéphanie, Connor, Danielle and Kevin.
    Côme and I would like to express our deepest sympathy.

    My so dear Dorothy will be missed and thank God I had the chance to spend time with her and you all. I will always cherish those few days.
    She was an exceptionnal lady, our ¨¨princess ¨¨as Heather, Gwen and myself used to call her. May God be with you all. xoxox

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  3. G. Martin Gould :

    Please allow me to express my deepest condolences to Dorothy’s family and friends, in Calgary and beyond. As Dorothy’s cousin (our fathers were brothers), I saw a lot of Dorothy in our childhood, and have many happy memories of family get-togethers in Woodstock and Aurora. I deeply regret that I will not be able to attend the memorial service in person, but I will be holding those memories close to my heart in this week, and for a long time to come.

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  4. Bonnie Simpson :

    Wayne, Stephanie, Danielle & Kevin:
    Allyson, Jayne & I are so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. We pass along heartfelt condolences to all of you, and know you will find strength & love from family, friends & faith – as did we. Dorothy was a wonderful woman & her faith was strong; her Spirit will live on through all of you.
    Please find some comfort at this very sad & trying time.
    Love & prayers.

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  5. My deepest sympathy to Dorothy’s family and friends.
    Dorothy was my neighbour growing up in Aurora. Our families shared many happy times together and I will forever cherish those memories.

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  6. Wayne – Thinking of you in this time of your family’s huge loss. Words I am sure are a blur at the moment as you manage through these tough days. Barb and I wish you all the strength to carry forward with the challenges ahead.
    your old colleague and friend
    Gordon

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  7. Wayne, Stephanie, Danielle and Kevin, I have a sense that Dorothy did an amazing job in passing on some of her vast reserves of her incredible strength and courage to help you cope. I love you all and send my prayers your way.

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  8. Gord&Susan Venne :

    Our deepest condolences to you Wayne and your family. We are thankful for getting to know Dorothy. She was loved by many. Memories of her will last forever. Through her faith she is now resting in Gods garden of love.

    Love & prayers

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  9. Jayne (Muir) Croteau :

    Dear Wayne and family,

    I was stunned and saddened to learn of Dorothy’s illness and subsequent passing. She was such a warm and welcoming woman, passionate about her family and her work. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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  10. Dear Wayne, Danielle, Stephanie, and Kevin,
    Dorothy was taken from you all – too soon and so unfairly. I know that you all must be devastated at this time. Having shared an office with Dorothy for many, many years, I know how unique and special each of you was to her. We shared the joys (and challenges) of raising children, working full-time , and trying to squeeze in some fun (a.k.a. wine/skiing).
    Dorothy’s obit was touching and paid great tribute to her humanity, which she kept till the end. What touched me most about Dorothy was her kindness and care for others – and her “fun” side, of course. I learned, over the years, to appreciate her ability to say even the most unpleasant things with a smile and a giggle. She was truly a unique and wonderful soul. I will continue to miss her, as I have over recent months. We were scheduled to retire at the same time.
    Wayne, Danielle, Stephanie and Kevin, never doubt that Dorothy loved and cherished each of you. She worried when you faced challenges, but her pragmatism guided her to be your support. I know that your grief is deep and you must go with that – let time diminish your pain. Dorothy was a content, fulfilled, joyful woman who had the gift of feeling gratitude for all her blessings. She accepted, without surrendering, her illness.
    Unfortunately, I am out of town visiting my Mom until Dec 3. I will touch base with you when I return. Take things day-by-day.
    With my deepest and most heartfelt condolences,
    Dale McCarthy

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  11. Wayne, Stephanie, Danielle & Kevin:
    Barbara and I would like to express our deepest sympathies for the loss of the bright light that was Dorothy. Her positivity and genuine sparkling nature rubbed off on all whose paths crossed hers. We know how much my sister Anne and her husband Ken treasured her friendship over the years. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that Dorothy was one of those rare people who made the world a better place. She will be sorely missed. Blessings.

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  12. Wayne: I am very sorry to hear of your loss.

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  13. Heather and Gavin Griffiths :

    Gavin and I wish to extend our condolences to your family. We only met Dorothy a few times but knowing Stephanie she must have been a wonderful lady to nuture such a lovely daughter. Stephanie and Connor our thoughts are with you and the rest of your family at this time.

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  14. Wayne and family:
    It is impossible for words to express how saddened we were to hear of the death of Dorthy. She was a fabulous person. I can’t imagine how difficult a time this is for you. Our thoughts are with you.
    Rob and Rae

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  15. To Wayne and family, I’m sorry for your loss.

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  16. Elaine Morningstar :

    I am so sorry to hear about Dorothy’s passing. She was a kind and gentle soul who truly loved humanity and helping out wherever/however she could. I shared an office with Dorothy for 3 years and always enjoyed our conversations. So often we talked about her family and her deep love for all of you. She was extremely proud of all of you. Sending you peace and love.

    Elaine Morningstar

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  17. Jackie Strangis :

    Dear Danielle and family – What an amazing write up about an obviously beautiful person. While I didn’t know her personally, I can see her beauty through the writings and know her impact on the people in her life. My heart goes out to all of you. I can only imagine what you’re going through.

    My deepest and most heartfelt condolences,
    Jackie Strangis

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  18. I am sorry for your loss, may your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

    Patti

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  19. I am very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She was caring, gentle and loving. We worked together at BVC and shared many happy times.
    May your memories help ease your pain.

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  20. To Dorothy’s Family

    I am so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing . I met Dorothy a couple of years ago in Toronto at Church Office. We worked on a committee of Presbyterian Church in Canada (Relocation of the National Church Office) with Kirk Summers as Convener. She drove us out to dinner after a long day in the boardroom and during dinner she and I exchanged information on our families and how we were involved in our church. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Kent Smith
    Hunter River
    Prince Edward Island

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  21. Malgorzata (Margaret) Kaufmann :

    Wayne, Stephanie, Danielle & Kevin:
    I am so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing . I met Dorothy at BVC. She was my teacher for two semesters. Dorothy was a wonderful woman, full of charisma and sense of humor. We spent nice time in the classroom, we took lots of pictures… I will miss her
    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time of loss

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