Dorothy Dean Fitzner

28 January , 192429 October , 2018

The family of Dorothy Dean Fitzner sadly announces her passing, in hospital, in the early hours of October 29th, 2018. Dorothy was born in the Village of Milton, Queens County, Nova Scotia, on January 28th, 1924, the youngest child of John C. Cole and Matilda Cole (nee McKenna).

Hers was a happy, if humble, childhood, with loving parents and older siblings she held dear throughout their long lives. After high school Dorothy worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Liverpool, until she captured the eye of the young resident engineer, Robert Fitzner, who became her husband of 66 years, until his passing in 2015.

Dorothy was also predeceased by her sister, Virginia Hawkins, of Devon, Alberta, and brother, Ronald Cole, of Milton, Nova Scotia.

She is survived by her four children: Janet Boyle (Dr. Thomas Boyle), Robert Fitzner, Joan Hobrecker (Paul Hobrecker), and Karen Fitzner; her four grandchildren, Kerry Woodley (David Woodley), Leigh Fitzner-LeBlanc (Christine Walkowicz), Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc (Anne Marie Houlihan), and Mars Hobrecker (Coco Romack); and, her six great-grandchildren, Hazel, Greta, Oona and Wilma Woodley, Owen and Abigail Fitzner-LeBlanc. Dorothy also leaves behind her two sisters-in-law, Evelyn MacArthur and Teresa Fitzner, and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was an avid reader, sports fan, and was a lifelong fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. She was a wonderful homemaker, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Saturday morning coffee and muffins was a family tradition through three generations until her move to Parkland in July. Dorothy was a strong spirited, determined and sensitive woman who cared fully and thought deeply about the people in her life. Beyond treasuring her as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, our mother was to each of us, a dear and trusted friend.

Dorothy’s family would like to thank her doctor and the staff at Bradford Hall, for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday November 1, 2018 at 10:00 am at St . Agnes Church, 6903 Mumford Rd, Halifax, NS.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, 1 November , 2018

Dorothy Dean Fitzner

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Darlene Belliveau

5 November 2018


So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Mom also passed away and we were home for her funeral onSaturday.

Your Mom was always such a welcoming person with a great personality. No matter how old our parents are they will be missed by everyone in the family.

Thinking of you,

Darlene and Mike Belliveau

Heather Thorne

1 November 2018

My condolences to all of the Fitzner family. Fond childhood memories of time spent on Merkel Street.

Richard & Barbara LeBlanc

1 November 2018

Our condolences to the Fitzner family. We realize it is a difficult time and want you to know that we are thinking of your mother and all of the family.

Sharon Bak

1 November 2018

Veronica Arany (Bak) and Sharon Bak extend our sincere condolences at the passing of your dear mother, Dorothy. May she rest in peace.
Sincerely, Veronica & Sharon

Eileen Vaughan

31 October 2018

My condolences to the Fitzner family. Dorothy was a wonderful person and I was proud to call her my Godmother. Your parents were always very kind to me and were good friends of my parents for decades. Dorothy had such a great personality and laugh. She will be so missed by all who knew her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Barbara Jones

31 October 2018

Karen and family, Your mom was the best cook in the Armcrescent subdivision and I will always remember her hot chocolate, her mocha cakes, and peach cream cake! She and Bob were early walkers, and we would often see them in the morning when we were on our way to work. We will always remember her Lotto win, which didn't change Dot a bit! She will be missed! Our sincere sympathy, Barb and Richard

Jeannette & Steve Donovan

31 October 2018

Dear Janet & Family,

We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. We know that she was dearly loved by all of you. Our memories of Dot are of a friendly, caring person who had all your best interests at heart. She was a lovely lady.

Jeannette & Steve Donovan

Doris Wells

31 October 2018

Janet, Robert, Joan, Karen & families ~ It is with great sadness that I send you my deep condolences. I am so grateful for the long and loving relationship I've had with your Mom. From childhood onward, what I remember and will treasure always was her "availability". In this fast-paced world we live in, it is difficult to find someone who is consistently there to listen, to talk, to care. . . . I will miss those wonderful times with her the most! I pray that the support of others will comfort you during this sad time. May your many treasured memories sustain you long into the future. ~ Love to you all, Doris

Tammy Gaudet.

30 October 2018

It breaks my heart to hear of her Dots hairstylist you can only imagine all the stories we shared over the years...we knew a lot about each other...I will truly miss her...I really hope it brings comfort to know so many people care.Thinking of you all at this sad time.