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The Reverend Dorothy I. Daly (1940-2015) - updated

Posted: Jun 19, 2015

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of The Reverend Dorothy Daly of Elliot Lake, Ontario. She had been in poor health for a number of years.

With a Diploma from Hamilton Teachers’ College, Dorothy attended the Anglican Women’s Training College, from which she graduated in 1962. She served as a Deaconess in the Diocese of Toronto and in England before receiving her Bachelor of Theology degree from Vancouver School of Theology in 1974. The following year, she was Dean of Residence at Ontario Ladies’ College in Whitby, Ontario. In 1977, she was ordained to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Caledonia and appointed to the parish of Chetwynd-Hudson Hope (an Anglican-United Church parish) in Tumbler Ridge, where she served for ten years. In 1986 she assumed the responsibilities of a rural, four-point parish in the northern part of the diocese, Anglican Mission to the Lakes District, Burns Lake, British Columbia. She served as Regional Dean of Tweedmuir, and was made a Canon of the Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Prince Rupert.

In 1993 she left the Diocese of Caledonia to take up an interim position at Trinity Church, Parry Sound. The following year, she served as interim Programme Officer in the Diocese of Moosonee. In 1994, she went to St Peter the Apostle in Elliot Lake, where she remained until her retirement in 2000.

Dorothy was a priest of wide interests. She supported ecumenical efforts locally and internationally, readily helping out Faith Lutheran in Elliot Lake, and having been an Anglican representative on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Seminar in Rome, and a member of the Visitors’ Programme at the 1993 World Council of Churches in Vancouver. She served nine years on the Senate and Curriculum Committee of the Vancouver School of Theology. She also had a strong social conscience, and was instrumental in the work of the Lakes District Crisis Line and Safe Haven Home Society in BC. She served as chaplain to the Legion, the Order of St Luke, and the Lakes District Blue Grass Festival.

When she retired, she wrote a letter to the bishop saying that her ‘retirement agenda is a life of prayer’. She was 74 and never married. She leaves a sister and a niece, a nephew, three great nieces and a great nephew.

Details of her funeral will be posted when they become available.

The following obituary has been prepared by Dorothy's family:

Daly, The Reverend Dorothy Isabel – Passed away at her home in Elliot Lake on June 19, 2015. Beloved daughter of the late John and  Margaret Daly.  Loving sister of Barbara Jordan of Toronto. Dear aunt to Patricia “Patti” Jordan (Steve Szmutni) of Toronto and Scott Jordan of Scarborough.  Great aunt to Raeanne Jordan, Abigail Jordan, Quinlin Szmutni and Madison Szmutni.

The Reverend Dorothy Daly served in the ministry from 1962 until she retired in the year 2000.  She was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1977 and has served many communities including: Toronto; London, England; Chetwynd-Hudson Hope, Prince Rupert and Burns Lake, BC; Parry Sound; Timmins; and lastly Elliot Lake, where she retired from St Peter the Apostle Anglican Church and helped out at Faith Lutheran Church. She was well respected throughout the community and will missed by all who knew and worked with her.

A memorial service will be held at the St Peter the Apostle Anglican Church at a date to be determined. Dorothy’s remains will be buried on the church grounds, Luckwell Gardens following the service. Arrangements entrusted to the Elliot Lake Funeral Chapel & Cremation Centre (36 Ontario Avenue).  Online condolences may be made to the family at . Memorial service details will also be posted at this site when available.

Memorial contributions to the St. Peter The Apostle Anglican Church Fund would be appreciated by the family.


The family wishes to thank the many friends, neighbours and professionals who supported Dorothy during her last few challenging years, including (but not limited to) neighbours Gerry Marengère, Genny Marengère, neighbours Ken and Liz Brooks, Henk Willems, Beth Topps Willems, Laura Walker, Betty Tracus, Annie Marier, Jane Schram, Magical Paws Pet Therapy, Ray & Jan Cosier, Aideen Nicholson, housekeepers Susan and Michael, and many others.

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