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Doreen Corpe
In Memory of
Doreen Pamela
Corpe (Brown)
1929 - 2020
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Obituary for Doreen Pamela Corpe (Brown)

Doreen Pamela  Corpe (Brown)
Doreen Pamela Corpe (Brown)
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving, wonderful Mom, Doreen in her 92nd year. Mom passed peacefully from this world at her home on Monday April 27, 2020 with Debbie, Denise & Mark and Darren by her side. Although she loved her life here, her heart was longing to be with our Dad, (Tom) who left us in March 2007. We take comfort in knowing they are now so truly happy to be finally reunited and having a long overdue dance together.
Doreen is survived by daughters Debbie, Denise (Mark Graham) and son Darren (Janet). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Mitchell, Holly, Shannon & Emma Graham as well as Jake and Brad Corpe. She is also lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and friends in England, as well as friends in Canada and around the world.
Doreen was born in Ilford, Essex, England on January 12, 1929 to Ethel and Percy Brown. She was the elder sister to younger brothers Don (deceased 2019) and John. Doreen spent some of her younger teen years living apart from her family, evacuated to Wales for safety during WW2. Later on back in England, Doreen joined the Ilford Girls Choir and was thrilled to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London. She started her working life at the age of 14 for Cross & Blackwell in London and a little later met Tom in Cranbrook Park and the rest is history.
Doreen & Tom were married August 9th, 1952 in England and then embarked on a new life together when they emigrated to Canada in 1957. Doreen worked for Kingsway Transport in Etobicoke which is how she discovered the new subdivision being built, “Sherway”, on a walk during her lunch break. Mom & Dad bought their first and only home in 1964 in Sherway, where they raised 3 children and welcomed 6 grandchildren. Visitors were always welcomed and many stayed and returned for vacations.
Forever & always the social butterfly, Doreen hosted many dinners, BBQs, birthday parties, Christmas Open houses and more with Tom. The welcome mat was always out and you could always count on a cup of coffee or tea or drink and a chat. Doreen was the local Avon lady for many, many years and then later also sold Regal Greetings and Gifts. She loved doing it as it gave her an opportunity to visit the neighbours and socialize. Once retired, Doreen and Tom loved to travel and did so regularly. They met and made new friends wherever they went.
Doreen loved being “Nanny” to her grandchildren and going to their hockey games, dance shows, dance competitions, school productions, graduations, convocations and more. She was extremely proud of all of them and loved spending time with them too.
Doreen & Tom’s 50th wedding anniversary was a big celebration on a bright, sunny, perfect day in August 2002 attended by many family and friends from both close and afar. It was a wonderful catered event, hosted by their children at Darren & Janet’s home. It was held outdoors under a big top tent with perfect weather, starting in the afternoon and lasting well into the evening with music and dancing too. Doreen said it was even better than her wedding day. Her 80th birthday started with her first ever limousine ride to the Ancaster Mill for brunch and her 90th birthday party was a wonderful, complete surprise to her, with many dear, long time friends in attendance.
Mom was kind, loyal, fun loving and the type of friend you could always count on.
But first and foremost, she was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be sorely missed but forever loved. If love could have saved you, you never would have died.
Many thanks to Heart House Hospice and Dr. Louie Mavrogiannis from the Dorothy Ley Hospice for taking such great care of Mom and trying so very hard to make the remainder of her life as good as possible.
A true Celebration of Doreen’s life will take place at a future date once the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved. Please feel free to share any fond memories you may have of Doreen when we all gather together at that time to honour her memory and toast her life.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation, Heart House Hospice or the Dorothy Ley Hospice.
Night night, sleep tight, love you Mom....always!
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