The family of the late Doris Ida Burnes is saddened to announce her passing at the Temiskaming Hospital on Sat., June 2, 2018. She was 96.
She was born in Dundas County on a farm where she attended the local country and high school. She trained as a registered nurse at Cornwall General Hospital, and later furthered her training in Public Health Nursing at the University of Western Ontario in London. Later she worked in urban and rural communities finishing off her career at the Kirkland Lake office of the Temiskaming Health Unit. She felt that the highlight of her career was a guided tour of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland when she and her husband, Bill, were touring Europe.
They had two children: Alan, who resides in Des Moines, Iowa, and Charlene of Thunder Bay. While visiting her son’s family, Doris came up with the advantageous of buying a home in the U.S. as a vacation spot, and also “to get to know the grandchildren better.” It worked well as Will, the older grandson, was deployed to Iraq for a year at 20 years of age. Fortunately, he returned unscathed.
Doris was quite interested in her community, serving in the Tri Town chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, for which she received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award. As a Master Gardner, she assisted in the Horticultural Society and the New Liskeard Agricultural Society (the fair). She was also involved in the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. She and Bill attended the United Church where she served as president of the United Church Presbyterial for Temiskaming, and was presented with the U.C.W. Life membership pin in March 2005. She also served on the board of directors for Northern College, Kirkland Lake Campus.
She and Bill’s spiritual journey took them to Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany in 1984 to observe the Passion Play, which was a moving experience.
Doris was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Berton Kirkwood, and her husband, Bill (2009). Left to mourn are her children, Alan (Tori) and Charlene; her grandsons, Will (Pam) and Raphael; her great-grandchild, Andrew; and her great friends, Don and Donna Dickinson.
Her family wishes to thank the staff of Northdale Manor for their consideration and care given to Doris while she was a resident there, as well as Dr. Don Davies and the marvelous nursing staff at Temiskaming Hospital.
A memorial service will held on Thurs., June 14 at 11 am at the Northdale Manor.
If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.
Condolences and donations may be left at www.perrinfuneralchapel.com