BRYAN, Dorothy “Dot” McLearie (nee Marr)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a wonderful mother, grandmother and, most recently, great-grandmother. Dot passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the Abbotsford Regional Hospital, just 5 days shy of her 88th birthday. She is predeceased by her husband Walter Bryan in 1995. Dot was born in New York City on July 12, 1924, the oldest of six children. The family moved to Montreal when Dot was six weeks old. When she was 22 years old, after a brief career with Eaton’s, they moved to Vancouver, where she met and later married Walt. They had three children together. In 1963 they built their summer home at Lake Errock, where they later retired. That was the beginning of so many wonderful family summers. Many friends came and went through those doors. When the grandchildren came along, they got to experience and enjoy life at the lake also, spending weeks in the summer after school was out. The mountain air, swimming, Rummoli, pennies on the train tracks and raspberries and ice cream for dinner on the nights grandma left grandpa in charge. Memories that will last their lifetimes. Dot spent her later years in Abbotsford. She made countless new friends and was very happy there. A huge thank you to all those at the complex that made it a wonderful home for her. The family would especially like to thank Eva, Jack and Elle for their devoted friendship and exceptional caring and support while Dot was sick. The biggest joy in Dot’s final months was the arrival of her two great-grandchildren. She was over the moon. Dot is survived by her three children, Mark and his wife Margie, Gail and Wynn; seven grandchildren, Aaron, Chad, Stephanie, Dariece, Keaton, Brendan and Aidan. And two great-grandchildren, Matthew Donald and Maddox Marie. A celebration of Dot’s life will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012, from 1:00 – 3:00 in the common room at the complex where she lived, at 32920 Amicus Place., in Abbotsford, B.C. For those desiring and in keeping with her wishes, donations made in Dot’s memory to the Mission Memorial Hospital Foundation would be most appreciated.