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.Print This Obituary & Condolences