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Obituary for Dorothy Gladys (Ross) Big Canoe

BIG CANOE, Dorothy “Dolly” Gladys (nee Ross)

Dorothy Gladys (Ross) Big Canoe, aged 91, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2023. “Dolly” was born on March 20, 1932 in Thunder Bay, Ontario to John and Anne Ross. Beloved wife of Reginald Big Canoe who sadly predeceased her in 2003; their love story spanned 50 years and served as an inspiration to all who knew them. Dolly was also the loving mother of Catherine (Ezzard), Kara-Lynne (Barry), and the late Thomas and Wayne. “Grammie” to Adam, Fawn, Irene, and Alexander; “Gigi” to her great-grandchildren Aspen and Bennett. Sister of Donald (Mariella) and the late Catherine (Gerry), and the late Barbara (Bill). Beloved Aunt and friend to many more. A woman full of spirit and tenacity, Dorothy will be greatly missed.

Thank you to the staff of Caressant Care in Courtland who provided excellent care and companionship.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on January 14, 2024, at the Royal Canadian Legion at 828 Legion Road, Burlington from 1:00pm until the last person leaves (normally, that would have been Dolly as the family will remember with fond amusement). A light lunch will be served along with the family’s traditional shot of Scotch.

Memories and condolences can be shared at In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated:

I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you onto myself. Exodus 19:4