Sadly, Dawn passed away far too young on July 9, 2011 at Lady Minto Hospital after a valiant two year battle with cancer.
Dawn was a vibrant and beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be constantly missed by her husband Jack, son Steven (granddaughter Karlie), daughter Vanessa, husband Rob (grandchildren Cody, Cassandra and Sage) sister Lynn Rush (nephew Bradley), stepson Tony, wife Su, (grandchildren Spencer and Hunter), stepdaughter Janice, husband Billy (grandson Shane).
Dawn was born in Vancouver on June 18, 1947, the daughter of, and predeceased by her parents Douglas and Evelyn Worthington.
After a previous marriage, Dawn was left busy as the mother of her two children Steven and Vanessa. Her artistic talent was evident from a very early age and though there was little time for her creativity, she did manage to do some oil painting, metal sculptures as well as other endeavors during this period.
After a time, she met and married her new husband Jack. Jack’s son Tony moved in with the family while in his early teens and when the children were old enough, they struck out on their own and Dawn and Jack moved to Salt Spring Island.
Their oceanfront home proved to be their little piece of paradise. They enjoyed life boating, prawning, crabbing and swimming and their “happy hours” with their very dear friends David and Wendy and Jack and Helen.
The natural beauty of the Gulf Islands was an inspiration to Dawn. She discovered colors and her natural talent blossomed. They opened the “STUDIO ON DUCK BAY” and joined the Studio Tour. They ran the studio for six years and welcomed thousands of people from around the world.Dawn’s paintings are held in private collections in numerous countries worldwide.
Our thanks to Dr. Cheryl Ho, Dr. Robert Murray and Dr. John Woo at the cancer clinic in Vancouver as well as Dr. Shane Barclay of Salt Spring Island and the excellent staff at Lady Minto Hospital and not to forget the ongoing, tremendous support received over the last few years from friends and family.
A memorial service for remembrance of her special spirit will be held in Vancouver on August 20.