In memory of

Doris Tennant

November 16, 1921 -  May 16, 2017

Surrounded by her loved ones, Doris Tennant passed away peacefully in her beloved heritage home on May 16th at the age of 95. Her daughters, Veronica and Gillian, and her grandchildren, Jessica Wright (with husband, Brian), Edward McCloskey and Justin McCloskey (with wife, Devin) – spent precious moments during her last weeks and days, sharing warm memories and making new discoveries about her extraordinary life. Born in London, England, Doris lived in Jersey, Channel Islands with her mother during her teenage years. One of our Mum’s favourite stories recounts how they fortuitously made the boat-crossing in 1940 to return to London, just days before the German invasion and Nazi occupation. Doris, an avid tennis player, had wanted to wait for the championship matches, but her mother insisted they leave. After finishing school in Cheltenham, she joined the Women’s Air Force and met her future husband Harry Tennant in 1945 at the Nuffield Armed Services Club. They were married that year and moved to Canada in 1955. Two years before becoming a widow in 1964, Doris joined CBC Television where she worked for 23 years; first, as a secretary, advancing quickly to Researcher and Script Assistant/Service Producer. She was highly regarded for her expertise in live television – for the National News – and as a dynamic and valuable member of the team for Take Thirty, CBC’s first daytime investigative journalism show. The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s 26th Governor General, with whom she worked closely, said, “Doris is a true professional and the best script assistant I ever had”. Always ready to guide and encourage young talent, she was an inspiration to us and to every one of her large and constantly expanding circles of friends. Mother, Grandmother and Friend, she amazed us continuously with her inside track to the fountain of youth. She was a proud member of the Act 2 Studio at Ryerson University, noted for her beautiful diction, and took leading acting roles in many productions. Her tenacity, her adventurousness in travel, her warmth and generosity defined her. The refrain from everyone was always: “You don’t look your age – 20 years younger!” – even recently in hospital. In the last few months, she told us with her radiant smile, “I am a happy person”, and “I’ve had a wonderful life!” In lieu of flowers, donations to Covenant House and the Canadian Red Cross would be sincerely appreciated. For messages, please visit


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Mary Adelle Moore (Friend)

Entered May 20, 2017 from 142 Waterside Dr Mississauga ontario L5G 4T8

Will always treasure our friendship.

Allan Westlake (Partner of Gillian)

Entered May 20, 2017 from Toronto

I will miss you, Doris...

Peter W. Lamb (Friend)

Entered May 21, 2017 from Toronto, Ontario

It has been an honour to know this remarkable woman.

David Maubach (Friend)

Entered May 22, 2017 from Toronto

We fondly remember Doris from our days in Cabbagetown. We shared a love for our Wheaton terriers (ours was Percy, but we can't remember Doris' Wheatons name...?) and Doris joined us for the Annual Wheaton Picnic for a couple of years. As with most things in Doris' life, she was amused, interested and very appreciative to have been there. We moved from Cabbagetown over 10 years ago, but we always asked former neighbours how she was doing. We were very saddened to read of Doris' passing, but the remembrance captured the Mrs. Tennant that we knew: vibrant, creative, gracious, and charming. She was a one of a kind and we shall miss her too. David and Mavin

Ian Morrison (Friend)

Entered May 22, 2017 from Toronto

Veronica: I know how strong was your relationship with your mother! I wish you strength as you deal with your loss. Like me, you are now the senior in your family!




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