Dorothy McCarthy

Dorothy McCarthy

Sunday, January 12th, 1936 Saturday, October 31st, 2020

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Obituary for Dorothy McCarthy (Hibbert)

McCarthy, Dorothy (nee Hibbert)
Dorothy was born in Plymouth England on January 12, 1936 to nurse Annie (nee Garside) and Walter Hibbert W. O 111 Prince of Wales Volunteers (who perished at Dunkirk 1940). She is also predeceased by her baby brother Neville and big brother Walter. After the death of her mother, Dorothy aged 12 travelled to Canada by ship to live with family in the Windsor area. For many years Dorothy worked as a lab technician in Windsor, Moncton and then Peel Memorial Hospital in Brampton. It is while living in Brampton that she met her future husband Clare on a blind date at a pig roast. They eventually moved to Orangeville where they had a baby girl named Margaret Anne and things were never the same.
In the early years Dorothy owned a wool shop on Broadway and worked at various businesses around town.
In later years Dorothy trained and worked as a Home Support Worker at Avalon and The Lord Dufferin Centre. The job that brought Dorothy much joy was helping out her friends at the Dufferin Oaks Day Program in Shelburne. Dorothy was known for her infectious laugh, caring nature, being an avid reader and amazing knitting skills. She loved all things British and passed away on October 31, 2020 with her family by her side listening to the words of her favourite songstress Vera Lynn singing:
"We'll meet again,
Don't know where,
Don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day . . . "
Dorothy will be greatly missed by her loving husband Clare, daughter Margaret Anne (cats Kittygirl & Bobby) and all other family and friends.
A Private Family Service will be held in the spring at Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County or your local chapter.
A tree will be planted in memory of Dorothy in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The next annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 |
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home
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    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

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Dolores Haws

Clare and Margaret Anne,
My sincere condolences on the passing of Dorothy. Although I had not seen her recently, I remember her as a fun-loving, social friend who was always willing to help...and chat. She will be missed by all, I know. Dolores

Comment | Posted at 08:28am via Condolence

Paul N.J. Marley

Paul and Sylvia Marley, Blackpool, England.

Even at a distance of time and geography we are saddened to learn of Dorothy's passing. Our contact goes back to the late 1960s and the glory days of ODSS. Only relatively recently has the friendship been renewed. Our memory is of an engaging lady, open, pleasant and good to be with, yet determined and pragmatic when the circumstances required. Hers was a long and productive life, full of its own particular challenges, but rich in its friendships and achievements, and above all for the love it gave and received. Our prayers are for the repose of her soul, and for the comfort and consolation of Clare and Margaret Anne at the loss to their family of a wife and mother. May she rest in peace. Psalm 19: "May the Lord answer in time of trial; may the name of Jacob's God protect you. May He send you help from his shrine and give you support from Sion."
Comment | Posted at 07:06am via Condolence

Stuart Daigle

We will miss Dorothy on Friday afternoon especially Sharon.we were sad to hear the bad news.our condolences to Clare and Margaret Anne.Your friend’s Stu and Sharon.
Comment | Posted at 03:39pm via Condolence

Sue Hibbert

Dear Clare and Margaret Ann
So sorry to hear the sad news about Aunt Dorothy. We remember her coming to stay with us in the uk when she found out Kevin was ill. Then we came to stay with you all the following year, with our son James who was 2 at the time and kept you all on your toes. You all made us feel so welcome in your home it was a lovely holiday just a shame James doesn’t remember! Thinking of you both. Take care both of you. Love The Hibbert’s xx 💕 💕
Comment | Posted at 10:34am via Condolence

Debbie Farion

My deepest condolences to you Clare and your daughter Margaret Anne. Dorothy was a steadfast and very caring lady who generously gave her time to those in need. May your memories of her bring you peace and comfort in the days to come.
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