A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Dolda Lorraine Clarke

30 March , 193417 June , 2019

CLARKE, Dolda Lorraine – 85, of Dartmouth. On June 17th, in the early hours of the morning, Mrs. Dolda Lorraine Clarke of Dartmouth, NS chose to leave this world peacefully and join her husband, Leonard, on an eternal journey. Mrs. Clarke (nee Ricketts), born March 30th, 1934, was the only daughter of Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Edna Ricketts. She was pre-deceased by her husband and daughter, Beverly Susan Bealieu. Surviving her are her older brother, Dr. Thomas Ricketts of Scarborough, Ontario; her son, Barry and his wife, Paula, of Apex Mountain, British Columbia; and her little dachshund, Becky (Buckwheat). Mrs. Clarke graduated from Bishop Spencer College, NF and then attended King’s College where she met and married her lifelong love. Upon graduation, she worked at the Metropolitan Dispensary before starting a family. In her new life she became a mother and homemaker first and foremost. Then, as her children became older she returned to her pharmaceutical studies and obtained her phamacist’s assistant license. She worked and volunteered for years at the Dartmouth General Hospital being awarded a Certificate of Achievement for her efforts in the drug recycling program. The time she spent with her family at their summer home on Marvin’s Island, Chester Basin was a treasure to her. In later life, whether alone or with guests, she felt privileged just being there. The peace, solitude and family memories will be cherished into the Everafter. Mrs. Clarke was also a devout Anglican and was an active choir member of Christ Church. Her many charities included the Dartmouth General Hospital, SPCA, Red Cross, Anglican Church of Canada, Alzheimer’s Society, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Canadian Cancer Society. In lieu of flowers, a donation to any of the charities noted above would be appreciated. She led a quiet, yet strongly determined and focused life - an example to all. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew her kind, caring, generous and moral ways. Visitation will take place from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, June 19, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland Street. Funeral service will be held at 11am Thursday, in Christ Church, 61Dundas St. Rev. Kyle Wagner officiating. Burial in the Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be viewed or sent to: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com


  • Visitation Wednesday, 19 June , 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 20 June , 2019


Dolda Lorraine Clarke

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Joyce and Garth Orchard

21 June 2019

Barry and Paula, so sorry to learn of your loss. Thinking of you and your mom and wanted to say my heart goes out you

Carol Balcom

19 June 2019

Dolda was a member of the Dartmouth General Pharmacy Family. She was a friend, a valued co-worker and second mother to all of us. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Carol Balcom

Gerald and Pauline Carlin

19 June 2019

Sorry for your loss. Mother's are very precious. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jane Mayo

19 June 2019

I was Dolda’s hairstylist for the past 37 years! It was only this past January that she was no longer able to come in to see me. We got to chat every six weeks while I worked on her hair. She will be missed!
Sincerest thoughts...Jane

Catherine Soplet

19 June 2019

Our family is saddened at the loss of our aunt Dolda. We remember her visit with us in 1993 when we had first moved to Vancouver, B.C. As a child, I remember summer visits to her Dartmouth home and the antics of her dachshund. When I was a student at Dalhousie, we shared a few special evenings going to the theatre. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barry and Paula during this time of reflection of Dolda's life, well-loved and well-lived.

Catherine (Ricketts) Soplet and Family

Everette & Ruth Barchard

18 June 2019

So sorry for your loss. Your mum and mine always called or wrote each other. Mum said today she will miss those beautiful notes.
I remember one time when you and Paula brought Dolda up and we had lots to eat. Mum and Dolda sat in front of the air conditioner and wanted it off and we were so hot cooking. Truth be told they didn't want to miss anything !!
Take care and know we are thinking of you .
Everette & Ruth

Debbie O'Reilly

18 June 2019

Losing someone we love is never easy, but we must be thankful for, the beautiful moments and memories we shared with them. Your mother was a beautiful and kind soul, and she will not be forgotten

Cynhia Pilichos

18 June 2019

I was very saddened to read of the death of Dolda in today's "Chronicle Herald". Dolda was really quite an amazing person - a woman of incredible faith, grace, generosity, and kindness - she exemplified a quiet strength that helped her greatly in facing life's challenges. It was an honour and a privilege to know Dolda and spend time with her. She will be greatly missed by many. May Dolda rest in peace and rise in glory. Deepest sympathies to her family.

Cynthia Pilichos