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April 25, 1929 - April 9, 2016
Peacefully, on Saturday April 9, 2016 at Regina Gardens at the age 86. Doris will be greatly missed by her daughter, Cathie deVries, son in law Arnold deVries, beloved grandchildren Robert Heslop, Rhiane Heslop, Allison Burtenshaw-deVries, Natasha Burtenshaw-deVries and great granddaughter, Hailey Burley-Heslop. Family dogs Murphy and Skye will miss Doris most at meal times. Doris was predeceased by older sister, Marjorie McLelland and parents, Elma and Noah Schaus. She will be fondly missed by her former husband, Carman Cantelon and brother in law Robert John Russell McLelland. Doris was a gentle presence in the lives of her family and friends. As a primary school teacher with the Hamilton and Halton Boards of Education for 30 years Doris was a well respected educator. After retiring in 1986 from Lakeshore Public School in Burlington Doris enjoyed travelling and gardening. When she was not chauffeuring her grandkids to school she loved to relax with the latest mystery novel and putter around her home. Doris handled her diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease at age 82 the same way she handled everything, with quiet stoicism and humour. Thanks to the wonderful care team at Regina Gardens who helped Doris maintain a lively daily routine when she could no longer live at home. Cremation has taken place. Doris will be laid to rest at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in a private family service. Well wishers can make a donation to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Salvation Army or a charity of their choice.