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Doris McFee

Doris McFee

Wednesday, March 30th, 1921 Thursday, January 24th, 2019

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Life Story for Doris Patricia "Pat" McFee (Gow)

Mom was born in Saskatchewan, the second oldest of five children.

She attended Normal School in Saskatoon and began her teaching career on the Prairies. She told us stories of her one room school house, spanning all grades. Her least favourite task was getting up at dawn in the Prairie winters to light the fire. She thought teachers have it pretty easy today.

She moved to BC and taught at Woodlands School. Later she started a school for special needs children in the basement of our house on Dublin Street in New Westminster.

She went on to be the Principal of two school in Coquitlam, Sunny Cedars and Sunny Park for special needs students. Her grandson Sean was quite surprised when he started to Kindergarden and found out a man could be a school Principal.

Our parents loved Birch Bay and bought a cottage there in the 1950s. We spent summer holidays and weekends there with family and friends.

Mom and Dad loved San Francisco and would load my brother and I and our cousins into the car for our twice yearly trips. Jim always wanted a hamburger with nothing on it.

After retirement she was able to take the trip she'd always dreamed of. Europe with her longtime friend from Normal School, Naomi Barnsley. And of course spend more time at Birch Bay with her family and friends.

Mom loved reading and was never without a book on the go.

She was an avid sports fan. Her beloved Canucks never won the Stanley Cup but she'd go back for more every season.

Thanks from all of us for everything you've done over the years for our family and friends. We couldn't have asked for a better mother and role model.

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Buck Clutterbuck

I first met Pat in 1972 when dating her daughter Pat and although I was, for one of the few times since the age of 16, without a job and due to circumstances beyond my control without a drivers license and sprouting a fine thick black beard to round out the image, I was none the less welcomed graciously into their home in New Westminster. A feat that I was to find personally somewhat challenging over the years to come with some of my own future daughter's conquests.

In 1973 I married her only daughter Pat and was welcomed to the family as virtually a second son. For over 45 years Pat proved time and again to be one of the most loving, supportive, caring, gentle and intelligent people I would ever meet.

Her only shortcoming being her steadfast, unwavering and unshakable support of the Vancouver Canucks, a team that, despite this decades of dogged support, repeatedly spurned her loyalty by refusing to win even one Stanley Cup!

She has always expressed thoughts that departing this life was simply the beginning of the next great adventure. Now, at the age of 97, she has passed quietly in her sleep into this new adventure. Pat was extremely loyal, understanding and supportive force in all aspects of her life.

It has been one of the great honors of my life to know and love Pat in all her many roles of mother, mother-in-law, second mother to me, grandmother to our children and great-grandmother to their children. But, above all, as a friend.

Buck Clutterbuck
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