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Obituary of Doreen Whitaker
Doreen Gladys (Sweeney) Whitaker October 15, 1936 – August 4, 2020 (age 83) Obituary Whitaker, Doreen Gladys (Sweeney) – passed away peacefully at Oakwood Park Lodge on Tuesday August 4, 2020 with family by her side. Daughter of the late Hilda Jane White and Bert Sweeney and step-daughter to the late Victor Foster. Predeceased by her first born, Suzanne (Suzie) Laffier. Proud Mother of Tom (Joanne), Janine and Gary. Loving Grandma to Ashley, Ryan and Brittney. Cherished sister of Nora, Bob, Kay and Sharon. Predeceased by her siblings: Ralph, Helen, Harold, Peggy, and Jim. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Doreen was born in Toronto and gradually moved her way south to Fort Erie where she has resided for the past 20 years. While in Toronto, as a young adult Doreen became a professional roller skater, earning many medals. She was at the arena every day at 6:00 am. She supported her sport by working several jobs. Her determination didn’t stop there. Later in life she developed an interest in Yoga and took a course to became a Yoga instructor, earning teaching assignments at various colleges in the Toronto/Scarborough area. Her interest grew in astrology. Again, she took a course, became a certified astrologist and prepared Astrology Charts for family and clients. While residing in Fort Erie, surrounded by beauty, her interest in professional photography developed. She joined the camera club and later became a board member. You couldn’t get far walking with Doreen without her stopping every few feet, inspired by the nature surrounding her, to take a picture. Doreen attended many of the Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce “Business After 5” social networking events and won the hearts of all the members. You could often find Doreen at the Crystal Chandelier listening to the performers at Thursday open mics (she sometimes entertained the crowd with her poetry) and the Max Hillier Band on Sunday evenings. Her favourite song of the band is “Shake, Rattle and Roll”. Doreen valued family more than anything else in life. She raised three children as a single parent, teaching strong values to her children. She is loved by all at Oakwood Park Lodge (Long-term-care Facility) where she has resided for the past two years. Again, she won the hearts of not only the staff, but the residents too. Leaving behind many memories, Doreen will be missed by many. A celebration of Doreen’s life will take place at a future date when people can gather safely. Doreen’s motto: All that you do, do with your might. Things done by halves are never done right. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.