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Dorothy Lynda McAlear

February 16, 1946 - April 10, 2019

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McAlear, Dorothy Lynda (nee Katz)

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Dorothy McAlear on April 10, 2019. Born February 16, 1946 in Cornwall, Ontario to the late Myer and Muriel Katz (nee Locey), Dorothy grew up surrounded by family. In August 1969, Dorothy married her sweetheart Michael after graduating from X-Ray Technology in Kingston. “Mike and Dot” moved to Montreal where she worked at the Montreal General Hospital and they had four children. In 1978, they moved to Orleans where many lifelong friends and memories were made. Dorothy enjoyed a house filled with kids, dogs, family, friends, games of cards and Scrabble (which Dot always won) and a radio played only at max volume. Dorothy had a huge heart and a wicked sense of humour and would burn up the phone lines with her big brother. She was so proud of her kids and relished her role as Nanny to her 10 grandchildren. Dorothy is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 50 years Michael, her children Myra (Trevor), Michelle (Giancarlo), Melissa (Peter) and Andrew (Chantale) and her loving brother Gary Katz (Carole). She will be missed by her grandchildren Kym, Maddie, Tim, Madison, Isabella, Ainsley, Stella, Danika, Amelia, Ashton and her great-grandchild Everly. Dorothy will be mourned by her McAlear family sisters- and brothers in-law Rosemary, Helen, Vincent (Sue), Shelley McLaren (Brent), Patricia Willems (Peter) and Hugh and many cousins, nieces, nephews. Dorothy deserved to live many more healthy years, but we were lucky to have the gift of time with her after what was nothing short of a miraculous recovery from critical illness in 2016. The family thanks Theresa Sherrie and Islande Jean who helped Michael care for Dorothy at home. They also thank the staff on the 5th Floor at the Ottawa Hospital Civic campus, especially Dr. Wooller, who supported Dorothy and family with kindness and compassion through her final days. A celebration of life will be held at Divine Infant Catholic Church in Orleans on May 16, 2019 with visitation at 10:30, service at 11:30, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Dorothy’s name to the Caldwell Family Centre, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation or the Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation.

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