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It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Dorothy Stanfield passed away on July 18 at Vancouver General Hospital. Dorothy left us peacefully with family and close friends by her side. She was a vibrant and large presence in many lives and will be sorely missed by the many friends and family members who love her dearly.

Dorothy was not a physically large person but was very strong, overcoming major health challenges and defying the prognoses of many medical experts. Her unflagging perserverance and strength produced the miracle of an additional 25 years of great friendship, making the world a better place for us all.

Dorothy enjoyed life and took nothing for granted. She was curious and would find joy in the smallest pleasures. She loved being out on the water and enjoyed sailing trips with friends. Dorothy loved to travel, visiting many places throughout North America, the Pacific Islands and other international destinations. The favorite was her annual visit to Yellowpoint Lodge on Vancouver Island, where she would spend time in the summers relaxing with her mom.

She led a full life and had a rewarding career with UBC Dentistry, where she developed long term friendships with many of her colleagues.

Dorothy loved arts and culture, holding season tickets to the Arts Club, and regularly attending concerts and other events that passed through Vancouver. She was a “pescatarian” who loved to dine out with friends and family and was a fan of many different ethnic cuisines. She was also a great cook who would produce delicious meals for friends and family. Her family always looked forward to her gourmet breakfasts and incredible holiday dinners.

Dorothy was a caring & loving person, putting the needs of others before her own, donating to local charities and volunteering her time when she could.

Dorothy is survived by her Brother Darren and many friends and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held September 16, 2017 at 4:30pm at her friend’s home at 2171 Waterloo Street, Vancouver. Please RSVP through this website by replying in the “Condolence” message box.


  • Donald Flahiff
    Posted August 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Very sad to hear of Dorothy’s passing. We grew up on the same street, went to the same school and had many of the same friends. A lovely and caring girl who I had a crush on for many years. Rest in peace Dorothy.
    I would like to attend the remembrance in September.

  • Luchie & Terry
    Posted August 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Last night my husband and I saw a copy of Dorothy’s obituary posted in our building’s bulletin board. We were both saddened and surprised. My husband mentioned that he just saw her a few days or weeks (?) ago. My best memory of Dorothy was when she was hosting an Easter egg hunt in her suite for some young children visiting her. They were all giggling in the hallway waiting for the start of the egg hunt. May you rest in peace and have a swift journey to heaven.

  • Ian Matthew
    Posted August 8, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I was deeply saddened today by the news that Dorothy had passed away; I read Dorothy’s obituary in the Vancouver Sun. We worked together at UBC Dentistry and I met her initially in late-1999. Her warm personality impressed upon me. She stood out as a person with whom one could feel connected professionally, and together we made progress towards achieving a common goal in the workplace. Our paths crossed infrequently in later years, although we met by chance in late-2009 at Vancouver General Hospital when separately visiting our close relatives one evening. Those were stressful times for both of us, but additional professional stresses were to follow us in later years. Dorothy retired early from her administrative position at UBC Dentistry and I often thought of her and how she was doing. I would have loved to have an opportunity to meet with her again, but it was not to be. She was a warm, kind-hearted, gentle person with an engaging smile, and I shall always have fond memories of her.

  • Maire Skelly
    Posted August 9, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Please accept my sympathy for your loss. Dorothy and I worked together at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. I was saddened to hear of her passing. I will attend her Celebration of Life in September.

  • Leandra Best
    Posted August 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I am so very saddened to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I worked with Dorothy at UBC Dentistry and was always touched by her warm, kind and most pleasant manner. She always had a smile and a calmness about her , even when faced with the most challenging situations. I lost touch with her when she retired from UBC but thought of her often with the fondest of memories. Rest in peace, dear Dorothy!
    I look forward to attending the celebration of her life on September 16th.

  • Erika Whitcomb Kraintz-Graham
    Posted August 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I am very saddened to hear the news of Dorothy’s passing. We met as young girls and stayed close into our 20’s. She was a dear friend of mine, and we shared a lot of great memories. From the first days of school, to her letting me borrow one of her dresses for my first wedding, being my maid of honor in my first two weddings, and being such a loving individual to my children; she provided so much love and support through everything. One can imagine how many memories we had together growing up as young women. She will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Diane Mann
    Posted August 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I was shocked to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I had been out of town and upon my return saw her obituary posted on our condo bulletin board. Thank you for letting us know. I was truly shocked to hear. Dorothy was a wonderful neighbour and was very kind to me. Over the years I got to know her as we met in our hallway across from each other opening our suite doors, or getting mail or bumping into her in the garage we always chatted and caught up just a bit. I was excited to have her back in her suite after so many months she had been away during the renovations. I will miss her wonderful smile and enthusiasm. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. She was very special.

  • Peter Hinz
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with at UBC. She was always a joy to talk to and we were always able to complete our meetings on a happy note when she was there. I know she is missed and hope she has found peace and happiness.

  • Judy Laird
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Very sad to hear of Dorothy’s passing. Such a pleasant and warm person.
    I will attend her celebration of life.

  • Jane Yip
    Posted August 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Heaven has gained another Angel.
    My condolences to her family and close friends.
    I have many interactions with Dorothy while working at UBC, always a smile on her face and pleasant to be around and talk
    You will be missed, rest in peace dear Dorothy

  • The Alden family - Rae, Judy, Robbin, Carell
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 3:39 am

    We were so sorry to read of Dorothy’s passing! We knew her family when she was a young child. As a young man, her dear father Hugh lived with us in North Vancouver. Our families shared many happy times together. We send our love to Darren and her many close friends. A kind soul taken far too soon.

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