Dorothy Rockwood

Dorothy Rockwood

March 27th, 1928 August 3rd, 2019

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Obituary for Dorothy Stuart Rockwood (Templeton)

1928 - 2019

ROCKWOOD, Dorothy Stuart (Templeton) entered into rest at St. John’s in her 92nd year, surrounded by family, after challenging dementia for several years. Leaving to mourn are her daughter, Susan, Edmonton; two sons, Kenneth (Susan Howlett), Halifax; Peter (Beverly) St. John’s; eight grandchildren – Gareth (Helena), Angela (Dave), and Lynette; Michael (Brit) and James (Julia); Stuart (Astrid), Nadine (Brandon), and Erin; and great-grandson Maddoc. She is also survived by her sister Joyce Gillett, Toronto and brother John (Meera) Templeton, Winnipeg. Predeceased by her dear husband Roy (1998), infant son Gordon (1954) and parents The Rev Gordon and Gladys (Oke) Templeton.
Mom was born in Harbour Grace and grew up there and in Curling. She attended Spencer College in St. John’s and then Memorial College where she studied education. Following graduation she moved to Grand Falls, where she met Dad.
Mom and Dad lived in Grand Falls-Windsor for most of their married lives. There they had a prominent role in the Anglican Church, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts. She taught at Grand Falls Academy for many years and founded the first hospital affiliated school at Central Newfoundland Hospital. After retirement they lived in Brampton ON and Halifax NS before moving to St. John’s in 1995.
Cremation has taken place. St. John’s visitation at Barrett’s Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Avenue on Monday, August 5th 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Funeral service at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Logy Bay Road on Tuesday, August 6th at 10:00 am. Grand Falls-Windsor visitation at the Chapel, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, August 7th at 9:30 am followed by inurnment in the Anglican Cemetery at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Girl Guides of Canada, 63 Roosevelt Avenue, St. John’s NL A1A 0E8 or the Health Care Foundation, Acute Care of the Elderly Program, 71 Goldstone Street, St. John’s NL A1B 5C3.
Although Mom lived her final years with dementia, she spent them contentedly in the loving care of family and friends, with special mention of Edie Nolan who visited her faithfully. We are especially grateful to the staff at Tiffany Village for their compassion and dedication to Mom’s care over the past seven years.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday August 7, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Holy Trinity Anglican Chapel
    Church Road
    Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
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    Wednesday August 7, 2019
    9:30am - 11:00am
  • Interment

    Wednesday August 7, 2019 | 11:00am
    Interfaith Cemetery, Grand Falls-Windsor
    Union Street
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    Wednesday August 7, 2019

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Helen Hiscock

Sad to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She was a friend of my mother, Jean Ryall (Botwood), through Guiding.
Our condolences to the family.
Helen and Hollis Hiscock
Burlington, ON
Comment | Posted at 04:48pm via Condolence

Scott/Tena Butler and Family

It is with great sadness that our family have to offer our condolences in the memory of Grandmom Rockwood as she called herself to my Children and others in the family. She always addressed her love for me, my wife Tena and our children as Grandmom Rockwood in the family not missing the birthday's or any special occasion without having a gift for any occasion that arose in our families or a friend over the last 3 decades or so of knowing her. She was a very educated and informed Wife, Mother, Grandmother and a Friend to anyone who talked with her or you could have been a student of hers or a girl guide who attended her sessions of instructions as a Girl Guide Leader. There is a magical word for Dorthy Rockwood, (ANGEL), someone to listen to her stories which were outstanding and just to be in her presence of conversation was a true treat, just be like Dorthy Rockwood who was a SOLID/TRUE TEACHER of Education and life/a Wife, Mother/Grandmother and Friend or just a person who you were so fortunate to have met and conversed with during her life's travels. Her dedication to her family and Her Husband Roy brought out success in the way that surely paid off as she taught her children/grandchildren and students so that they could be people who made a difference in their lives and touch so many others in their Professional lives - There are 4 Doctors so far in her family, a Nurse and other professionals that she inspired in some way shape or form, not to mention the Medical/Bilingual Industry/Teaching and Woodworking/Industry of skills her children and grandchildren/and others who she mentored over the years to become who they are today. She also taught people to be thoughtful of others every day she lived. She was referred to as Tiffany's Queen of the residence that she lived in. It's so sad to loose this beautiful person, but, now that this has happened, we can all celebrate her as an ICON in our lives. We Love You Grandmom Rockwood as she referred herself to the Butler families of Children and other family members and students, and friend's alike over the years. We will miss you Dorthy so much.
Love to All of You who are and have been inspired by this beautiful talented person, Dorthy Rockwood in your Lifetime as this was the lesson she taught and represented as a person who made a difference on this Earth and transposed her talents to us during her living years. She will forever be remembered in our lives as a loving person who cared about all of us. We will all be better off if we just take in a little bit of the advice that she gave us in her lifetime of her teachings and knowing her. Love to our related Families for her inspiration on our lives and to all of those who loved and respected this beautiful ICON who we just lost. She did leave quite the legacy to us all through her teachings and conversations. There was a beginning of life for you Dorthy Rockwood as a child, but no end to your life's educational and life's teachings to others who are left here to absorb the teachings of wisdom you administered and now for you, eternal life is surely a great seed that you have planted and is now experienced by us and has surely has been pased on to anyone you have touched and now you are rewarded for that in heaven. Love to All of your Family Members from Scott/Tena/Sarah and Families...YOU WILL SURELY BE MISSED BY US ALL.
Comment | Posted at 01:43am via Condolence

Elizabeth Saunders Buckle

Sending my condolences to the family. Your mom was my Grade Two teacher and taught with my mom, Marguerite Saunders, for many years. I also remember her being ever present with our Girl Guide events. It was always nice seeing her and having a chat many years after having her as my teacher. Our class was on the second floor, next to the fire exit, above the Kindergarten rooms. One of my favourite things in her class was show n' tell. I do remember talking to a girl in front of me and Mrs. Rockwood had me move my seat up front. A little embarrassing, however, I would be more hesitant when ever I was tempted to some chatting. She is remembered fondly.
Elizabeth Saunders Buckle
Comment | Posted at 10:13pm via Condolence

Donna Scott

Aunt Dotty was so sweet. David and I send our heartfelt condolences.
Donna Scott
Comment | Posted at 07:40pm via Condolence

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