In memory of

Doreen Ann Spencer

October 14, 1934 -  April 18, 2017

With grace and dignity, Doreen passed away on Tuesday, April 18th after a short illness. She was predeceased by her cherished husband, William (Bill) Spencer and her brothers Edward and Murray Gallagher. She was a devoted and caring aunt to Michael (Patti), Mary-Anne (Robert Hartman), Paul (Nancy), Maureen (Darryl Paxton), Philip (Patricia), Linda (Tracy Pugh), Gregory, Stephen (Svetlana), Cathy (Pedro Melchor) and Edward (Alma). Doreen was an amazing great-aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Her sister-in-law Betty Gallagher, her step-daughter Gwen (Brian Ferguson) and step-granddaughter will always hold loving memories of her. Doreen was a longtime employee of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. She had many interests, she loved to travel, enjoyed the National Ballet and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and always had the time to share a glass of wine with her dear friends both old and new. While her passing brings us great sorrow. We also have that greatest honour to say she was a sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, step-mother, step-grandmother and true friend. A Funeral Mass and a Celebration to honour Doreen’s life will take place at a later date in May. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity that reminds you of Doreen and the many passions that she celebrated.


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Darryl Paxton (Nephew)

Entered April 22, 2017 from Whitby,On

Aunt Doreen, you have meant so much to Maureen and I and our family, We will miss your love and generosity and your great spirit and love and exuberance for life! Although we already miss you greatly, we will always have fantastic memories of our times with you. You had a real gift for making each one of use feel like we were special, that is what really made you special.

Conor Paxton (Great-Nephew)

Entered April 22, 2017 from Kingston

Aunt Doreen will always have a special place in my heart. She always took the time to get updates on my busy academic schedule, and later career path. She genuinely was interested in what I was up to, and I always loved discussing my life with her. I will forever have fond memories of her at family gatherings. You could always count on her to bring the best shrimp ring.

Love Always,

Greg Paxton (Grand Nephew)

Entered April 22, 2017 from Ajax

My lasting memory of Aunt Doreen will be the many years of National Geographic (for Kids, and then the adult version when I was old enough!) subscriptions that she bestowed upon me; and her encouragement to explore the world and learn new things. Among many other memories, I will always think of her passion for travel and exploring new and different experiences. Her presence and loving contributions to family functions will be missed with great sadness. We will remember you always & forever.

Samantha Aman (Great-Niece)

Entered April 22, 2017 from Kingston

I have had the honour and pleasure to get to know Aunt Doreen for the last 10 years. She always went out of her way to make sure she spoke to everyone at a party, and it was never a quick hello and goodbye. She loved discussing future plans down to the smallest details. I will always remember chatting about her travels, and what I was up to. Aunt Doreen truly cared about those that were around her, and always had a special way of letting them know that they were important. I will always remember her as an unbelievably enthusiastic, and kind person.


Matthew Hartman (Great Nephew)

Entered April 22, 2017 from Toronto

Aunt Doreen will forever be remembered. She always made the time to sit down and talk to each one of us. She made everyone feel special and loved. I will never forget all the kind things you did for me and the places you took me. I will forever remember our family gatherings, yourself being at each one with your boxes that we would all go through. You will be greatly missed but we will forever remember the memories of you.
Love always,


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