Grant, Doreen Loretta
April 18, 1950 ~ February 16, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Doreen Loretta Grant in Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital on February 16, 2013. Her family is deeply appreciative of the efforts made by firemen, paramedics, doctors and nurses to resuscitate her following her sudden heart attack on February 13th.
Doreen was born on April 18, 1950 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and moved to Calgary in 1969 where she soon fell in love with both her husband and the outdoors. She became an enthusiastic camper, angler and hunter. Doreen then discovered Labrador Retrievers and fell in love yet again, training a succession of furry friends over her life. Doreen came to Nanaimo largely because of the climate. As well as an enthusiastic angler, she became an avid hiker, gardener and baker, always generous with both her production and knowledge. She loved the renewal of spring and her flowering bulbs have spread throughout much of the neighbourhood. Doreen worked part time as a clerk in Medical Imaging in NRGH for 25 years. Her own health decline was gradual but sadly, seemingly relentless over the past year.
Doreen is predeceased by her father, Bill Kemp. Doreen’s immediate survivors are her husband, Bill Grant; mother, Dorothy Lorie; sisters, Diane Kemp, Debbie Kane, Patti Maracle, Pam McGowan; and brother, Bill Kemp Jr. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, most within the Niagara Falls region of Ontario. Other family includes, Esther Grant, Barbara Morck, Ronald Grant and Donald Grant. Doreen also has nieces, nephews and cousins throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. In addition, Doreen all but adopted the beloved children Julia and Jeffrey Geiger, her “bright spot” through both pleasant and difficult times.
Flowers gratefully declined. Doreen would have much preferred a contribution to the Salvation Army, an organization to which she did not belong but tithed. A personal cremation will occur followed by a celebration honouring Doreen at a later date.
Sands ~ Nanaimo