Irene Dobson

Irene Valiera Dobson (Woodland)

Saturday, August 9th, 1924 - Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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Irene V. Dobson (nee Woodland)

Born August 9, 1924 in Mono, Ontario to Arthur H. Woodland and Ella V. Woodland (nee Taylor).
Died April 12, 2020 in Newmarket, Ontario.

Predeceased by her husband of 67 years Ross, daughter Tracey (Patrick Quinn), daughter Alison (Paul Truelove), and sister Francis (Lloyd Curry). Mourned by children Nancy (John Ferguson), Ian, and Jeffrey (Casey Hadaway). Missed and loved by grandchildren Matthew, Amanda, Jeffrey, Savannah, Christopher and James, great-grandchildren Vienna and Jaxx, as well as, many nieces and nephews.

Irene grew up in Orangeville. She met Ross, the love of her life, while working as librarian at the Globe and Mail in Toronto. They were married at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Orangeville and then moved to Rochester, Minnesota and began a family. They went on to raise five children. To keep up with the needs of family and careers, they moved homes nineteen times within the Greater Toronto Area and Florida. Many fond memories were created at the family farm in Uxbridge.
Irene also provided many years of fulfilling service to the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto for which she was very proud. Irene and Ross enjoyed classical music, opera, live theatre and world travel. She especially loved Shakespeare and could recite many passages from memory even later in life.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has occurred, a private family gathering will be held later and ashes will be buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Uxbridge.

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Catherine Parish

Posted at 04:19pm
I have many fond memories of Irene at the farm and at many Dobson family occasions. She was always so warm, caring and upbeat. It was nice to see those lovely photos. A life well lived surrounded by loved ones. My sincerest condolences to the whole
Dobson family.
Cathy Parish

Catherine McClelland

Posted at 12:00am
Sad news. I have happy memories of Irene and Ross from family occasions including my wedding. My mom, Ina McClelland, treasured her Woodland cousins and were an important part of her life. Take care, Catherine McClelland

Mary Dobson

Posted at 06:17pm
Mary Dobson (wife of the late Lloyd Dobson, cousin of Dr. Ross Dobson)
Condolences to the family of Ross & Irene Dobson. Irene was a beautiful person. She cared so much for people, and set a great example for her family and friends.

Lili Gillespie

Posted at 01:50pm
To the Dobson family, Sophie, Arlene and Lili Hofstader are sending their most sincere condolences on the passing of Irene. We hold dear many wonderful memories of your mom on Bendale, on Hill Crescent and at Scarborough General. We remember her warmth, her sense of humour and her intelligence. She was beautiful and so friendly. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

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