Doris Velma Cann

Doris passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at Hospice House in Vernon, BC. Doris was born August 21, 1920 in Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia, the youngest of five children to Letson and Valeria (Etta) Nickerson.

Doris joined the Air Force during the Second World War and served in Fingal, Ontario before being sent overseas to London, England. She landed the day the buzz bombs started and came home on the QE2 on November 19, 1945 to Halifax, NS.

After the war she met and married Hubert Perry Cann of Yarmouth, NS and had two children, Richard and Wanda. The family moved to BC in 1954.

Doris worked in the furniture business in New Westminster and Vancouver as a seamstress and upholsterer for 18 years until retiring at fifty-eight. After retiring she spent many wonderful years at her beloved cottage in Laidlaw, going home to Surrey only to make sure the house was still standing and to pay the bills. Her greatest joy was being at the cottage by the river, riding her lawnmower, tending her flowers, getting out the chainsaw to cut firewood, building things, watching the birds and expecting company.

Doris was predeceased by her husband Hubert, son Richard, brothers Clifford and Chesley and sister Inez.

She leaves behind her daughter Wendy and grandchildren, Cathy, Michelle and Charles Noer, Heidi Pittman and Matthew Hall. She also leaves behind her “children by choice”, Gordon Isaac, Judy Davina, Jerry and Fran Isaac, Ken and Linda Isaac, June and Rick Kinney and all their children and grandchildren. Also left and very lovingly remembered were numerous nieces and nephews, a sister Diana Goreham and a sister-in-law Faith Turnbull, all of Nova Scotia.

Mom was not a big letter writer and if you wanted to see her you mostly came to her but she wanted each of these people to know how much she treasured their visits and phone calls. And how much they enriched her life and were loved by her.

Many thanks go to the people who made Mom feel welcome after she made the move to Armstrong in 2003. She always commented on the friendliness and kindnesses she received when she went out shopping. Thanks also to those who helped us in the last months of Moms’ life I couldn’t have done any of it without your care and support.

To the amazing people of Hospice House, my heartfelt gratitude for the job you do and the loving way you do it. You are a special bunch and I am so glad to have known you. To Dr. Vincent, thank you for being there for us.

There will be no funeral at her request, cremation and interment at a later date. Donations may be made in her name to Vernon Hospice House, the Cancer Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Messages of condolences to the family may be emailed to pafsarmstrong@telus.net. Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 250-546-7237.

Like a bird without wings that longs to be flying,

Like a motherless child left lonely and crying,

Like a song without words, like a world without music,

I wouldn’t know what to do, I’d be lost without you

Watchin’ over me.

I get so lonely, when you’re away

I count every moment, I wait every day,

Until you’re home again and hug me so tight

That’s when I know everything is alright.

You’re my guardian angel, my light and my guide

Your hand on my shoulder and you by my side,

You make everything beautiful, you make me complete.

Everything in my world I lay at your feet….

Like a church with no steeple,

Where a bell never rings.

In a town without people,

where no voice in the choir ever sings.

If a boat on the ocean would be lost with no sail,

Then without your devotion

Surely all that I dreamed of would fail.

Like a song without words, like a world without music,

I wouldn’t know what to do, I’d be lost without you

Watchin’ over me