Doreen ‘Mary’ Dalton died?on January 7 in the Abbotsford Regional Hospital,?surrounded with love from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A beautiful, strong and vibrant person, a successful professional woman and a devoted mother, Mary was the loving wife and companion of Bob Dalton who pre-deceased her in 2003. Together they had lived a remarkable and exciting life. After nursing in war-torn England, Mary worked with Bob to run a number of successful small businesses including an antique shop on London’s famous Portobello Road and a restaurant and small hotel in the seaside city of Hastings on the south coast of England. In 1956, with three children, Keith, John and Anne, Mary joined Bob in the film business in Ottawa on what they saw as the first step to completing their dream of gradually traveling around the world. Mary capped a successful career in Toronto as both a Captain in Toronto Service Battalion and as Advertising Manager for Sears Canada catalogue. She and Bob then fulfilled their wish to travel around the world in a globe-trotting retirement spanning almost three decades. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren Aron, (Kim), Zoe, (Hamilcar) and Theana, and by her great-grandchildren Kya, Bailey, Joaquim and Gilles, as well as Jane.
In respect of Mary’s wishes, her family will re-gather in the spring to celebrate her life and to spread her ashes over the ocean. From her old friends Mary would enjoy a toast and a “remember when.”. Her favourite charity was Doctors Without Borders.
Thanks to the doctors and Nurses of Abbotsford Regional Hospital for their compassionate care
and help in giving Mary a peaceful end
to a well-lived life.