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Dorothy Albertene Smellie

October 27, 1936 — February 16, 2024


Dorothy Albertene Smellie

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dorothy Albertene Smellie, a beloved individual who brightened the lives of those around her with her loving nature, immense kindness, and unwavering intelligence. Dorothy has departed from us, leaving behind cherished memories that will remain etched in the hearts who were close to her forever.

Dorothy is survived by her children Charmaine, Angela, Carlos, Donna, and Kevin, as well as her 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren

Throughout her life, Dorothy embodied warmth and gentleness. Her curious spirit and sharp intellect guided her through many adventures, leaving an indelible mark on everyone who really knew her. Her presence was a beacon of light, even on the darkest days, with her radiant smile and genuine affection.

Dorothy had a deep love for sports, and she was truly blessed to witness her children excel in their respective athletic careers. Her son Kevin played professional football for the Toronto Argonauts, while her daughter, Donna, represented the family and Canada on an international stage as she competed in the Olympic Games. This passion for sports was evidently inherited by the next generation, as they too developed a particular affinity for baseball.  Dorothy particularly loved the New York Yankees.

Dorothy displayed unwavering loyalty towards her family members’ athletic pursuits, celebrating their victories and sharing in their defeats with equal enthusiasm. She was fortunate enough to witness her beloved grandson Denzel and grandnephews Myles, Bo and Josh make their mark on the professional baseball scene.

Her enthusiasm for baseball was infectious. Those who were fortunate enough to witness her fervour couldn’t help but be drawn into her love for the sport. Her excitement was a source of inspiration and joy for those around her.

Besides sports, Dorothy found solace in music, especially the timeless melodies. However, her greatest joy was hearing her granddaughter Meighen sing, whose songs resonated deep within her soul, filling her heart with immeasurable pride and love.

A master of the culinary arts, Dorothy's kitchen was a sanctuary of flavours and aromas where she created culinary delights that delighted the senses and nourished the soul. Her culinary creations, from her famous black cake to exquisite Christmas dinners, were a testament to her boundless talent and unwavering passion.

Her love for decorating knew no bounds. During the holidays, she transformed her home into a festive wonderland, spreading joy and cheer to all who crossed her threshold. Her green thumb and innate talent for gardening blossomed into a breathtaking English garden, a testament to her nurturing spirit and appreciation for beauty.

However, perhaps Dorothy's most significant legacy lies in the hearts of those she touched and shared her faith in God with her boundless love and affection. Adored by her neighbours, cherished by the children she babysat, and revered by her grandchildren, Dorothy's presence radiated warmth and comfort to all who really knew her.

Above all, Dorothy was a beacon of love and strength to her daughter, Donna who had the privilege of caring for her in her final days. Their bond was unbreakable, their love unconditional, a testament to the profound impact Dorothy had on those blessed enough to call her family.

Although Dorothy has passed away, her spirit continues to live on through the cherished memories we hold and the love we carry in our hearts. She has found peace with God, embracing His eternal love in her heavenly home alongside her true father and provider, God, the creator of all things. In the words of Dorothy, “What a life!” Let us honour her by celebrating life with humility and grace.

Please consider a donation to the NexGen Sports Development Community for children, to pay tribute to Dorothy's legacy.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 23, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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10 Fuller Road, Ajax, L1S 3R2

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