Dorothy BONSHOR

DOROTHY BONSHOR 1918 – 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we

announce the peaceful passing of

our Mother, Grandmother and Great

Grandmother Dorothy Bonshor on the

morning of November 8, 2014. Dorothy

led a life full of love, adventure and

challenge. Born on November 16, 1918

in Shellbrook Saskatchewan, Dorothy

was orphaned at age 4 and raised by

her beloved Aunt Cora. After meeting

her future husband, Bob, in Prince

Albert the couple moved to Vernon

to work the fruit orchards in the midst of the Depression. After war

broke out in Europe Bob volunteered to go overseas and reluctantly

left Dorothy behind in Vancouver with the fi rst two of their children.

Bob returned after the war and the couple opened a grocery store

on Victoria Drive. When the store couldn’t pay the bills, Bob went

to work at the White Pine Mill in Burnaby where he learned lumber

grading. The couple moved to Surrey in 1952 (with their now 6

children) into the ‘Palace’-a tiny one bedroom rented house. Later

they were able to buy a small house in Newton (sheer luxury with 3

bedrooms) where they expanded their brood to include 10 children

(in addition to occasional nieces, nephews and friends). All of the

Bonshor kids graduated from Princess Margaret High School in

Newton. Bob passed away suddenly in October 1973, leaving Dorothy with

4 teen boys still at home. She learned to drive, obtained her E.C.E.

certificate and began teaching preschool at the Star of the Sea in

White Rock. Later she found work she loved at the Langley Library

where she made many dear friends and continued to work for 8 years

until her retirement at age 65.

After retiring, Dorothy moved to Ocean Park and dedicated her spare

moments to volunteering on the Penninsula, working with the Senior’s

Drop-In Centre, the Stewart Farmhouse and the Semiahmoo Senior’s

Support Foundation among many others. In 2007, Dorothy was given

special recognition by the Mayor of Surrey for 25 years of volunteer

service. Dorothy also kept active with fitness classes and pole

walking, and kept her mind sharp with reading, scrabble and singing

with the White Rock Singers (thank-you to Frank and Gladys Muir)

and the Kent St. Choristers.

Dorothy leaves behind a legacy of kindness and service to others that

is extraordinary and inspiring. In spite of her busy family life and an

ongoing battle with depression, Dorothy dedicated her life to helping

others- always looking for ways to lift up those she saw struggling.

She was adored by her family and everyone lucky enough to have

known her.

Dorothy was pre-deceased by her husband Bob and their son Bob

Jr. (d. 2014 survived by his wife Elizabeth). Dorothy is survived by her

daughters: Maureen Montgomery (Ross), Wenda Bonshor (Derek), Penny Hawkins (Brian), Pat Keitaibl (Joe), Lynne Watson (Jim) and her sons: Dave Bonshor (Melanie), Gerry Bonshor (Wendy), Andy Bonshor (Tracey) and Mark Bonshor (Mariola). Dorothy is also survived by 37 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren

and 3 great-great-grandchildren who remember her Easter egg hunts,

puppet shows, bowling extravaganzas and her delicious Grancookies and home-made soup. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the wonderful,

respectful and caring staff at Morgan Place where Dorothy spent her

final 3 years. Our deep gratitude also goes out to Dorothy Blandford

for her spiritual guidance and friendship to Mom over the past many

years. It is not possible for all of us to lead the kind of selfless life that

Dorothy led but we honour her memory when we strive to make humility, gratitude, and kindness to others part of our daily life.

‘Beside the fountain, I stand here dreaming, of life together, eternally”

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Penninsula charity

of your choice. Friends are invited to attend a memorial for Dorothy

on December 20 2:00-4:00 in the Cedar Hall at the First United Church,

15385 Semiahmoo Drive in White Rock.


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