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August 15, 1924 – Hyde, Cheshire, England
May 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Dora Gradwell of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the age of 94 years.

Dora was born in Hyde, Cheshire, England to Robert and Lillian Vaughan. She graduated from the Saint Georges School.

She worked under the Library in Hyde with the Red Cross and helped build the Lancaster Bomber during WWII.

She loved to paint and was so proud to have her paintings showcased in the Hamilton City Hall, as well as painting, Dora also enjoyed travelling, playing golf and ballroom dancing.

She will be most remembered for her smile.

Dora is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Keith and David (Kim); nine grandchildren, Kerri, Thabitha, Tyler, Jason, Christopher, Jennifer, Christine, Eric and Taylor; and six great-grandchildren, Madison, Anthony, Diego, Landon, Christopher and Brenden.

Dora was predeceased by her husband James, her son Michael, her brother Kenneth and sister and brother-in-law Edith and Alfred.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Dora’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Dora Gradwell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. You were a strong woman. R.I.P Gran. See you Monday for my goodbyes <3

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  2. My deepest condolences to all of Dora’s family.
    Especially to Keith and Tyler who I have got to know quite well over the past few are all in my thoughts and prayers!!
    Dora was a lovely lady and we had many wonderful visits together.
    Looking forward to meeting many of you who I’ve heard all about over these years I’ve known her.
    Sincerely Launa C

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  3. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Dora and her late husband Jim for over 40 years, thru my friendship with eldest son Keith since our high school days in Hamilton, Ontario. Dora was such a nice person to be close to. She really enjoyed the friends of her three sons, and they responded with equal affection. How often do teenage boys in the city say they want to hang out for the evening with their friend’s mother & father?? A few of us even spent the entire overnight at the Gradwell residence to cwatch the investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales (proud Brits that Dora and Jim were !)at 4 a.m. Hamilton time. My heart & friendship go out to Keith & brother David; but know for certain that your father will be overjoyed to be with her again, and that Heaven will be enriched by her presence.

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