Dorothy Claire Shears

Born October 22, 1925

Dorothy Claire Bulmer Shears (“Dotty”, Grammy) lived a life full of love. She passed away on July 6th in Halifax, at the age of 92, in the way she lived her life……. gently, peacefully and without a fuss, surrounded by her loved ones. She was predeceased by her brother, Dick Bulmer, her husband, Dr. Arthur Shears, and her son-in law, Doug Menzies. She is survived by her devoted sister Joan, her dear sister-in law Ruth, five fortunate children and their partners, 10 adoring grandchildren and one little great grand daughter. Dorothy was a South Shore girl who spent her early life in Chester. She met her future husband, Art, while she was working at the Bank of N.S. in Halifax. After marrying in Chester in 1950, they settled in Halifax where they became actively involved in the community, raised five children, and made many lifelong friends, notably those in their bridge and poker group who met monthly for over 50 years. Dotty spent as much time as possible in her “happy place” at her cottage in Hubbards, which became our family gathering place and where she again developed a community of close friends that were dear to her heart . Decades of summers were filled with visits from her growing brood of 10 grandchildren, as we all came back “home” to the cottage with our families year after year. Grammy and Grampy were the harbour hearth and heart that drew us together, despite the miles between us. They both valued the importance of family connection and relationships above all else and enjoyed their family and many friends to the fullest. For Dorothy her greatest joy was to be surrounded by her loved ones, always ready with a comforting cuddle, a nonjudgmental ear , and an open heart, no matter what the circumstance. She was a beautiful person, both inside and out, who had that rare combination of warmth, wit and wisdom, style and substance that put everyone at their ease and made each person feel valued, brighter and lighter for having spent time with her. She took great joy in the moment and her lovely smile radiated a sense of contentment and graciousness that drew people to her. Everyone who knew her valued her approachable, unpretentious demeanour her thoughtful ways and sweet nature, her generosity and kindness, her keen and lively wit. Above all it was her consummate capacity for caring and her genuine interest in the happiness and well being of her “people” that are her hallmarks and legacy. She was universally beloved. The family wanted to extend our deep gratitude to Dorothy’s devoted friend and companion June Graves, who took such special care of her over the past 8 years. You made it so much easier for all of us! Also our sincere appreciation to the staff and special friends (Margaret, Carolyn) on the third floor at Parkland at the Gardens and the caregivers from Always Home who made Mum’s sunset years so comfortable and meaningful. Mum we will miss so much about you… your gentle, gracious ways and your unconditional, unwavering love. You showed us what that word truly means every single day and you live on in each one of us. We have been truly blessed by the way you so tenderly touched our lives. A mother holds her children’s hands for a while But she holds their hearts forever A private remembrance celebration will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Dorothy/Dotty, go for a walk on your favourite beach with your loved ones and make some memories. Condolences book on-line at Snow’s Funeral Home (Dignity) on Lacewood Dr., Halifax.


  • Committal Service Saturday, 17 November , 2018

Dorothy Claire Shears

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Mary Ritcey-MacLeod

27 July 2018

I was so sorry to see that your mother had passed away. Both of your parents were very special. I know that mine thought very highly of them. I remember your mother always making the caramel apples for Halloween treats and we were never able to get to your house early enough to receive one.

I did see your mother on occasion at Parkland after Dad had come as a resident four years ago. She was the same as I had remembered her from my younger years.

Our sincere condolences.

Mary Ritcey (Doug and Margaret Ritcey's daughter)

Audrey Harmer

17 July 2018

To the family of the late Dorothy Shears.
So very sorry to hear of your mother's death. She was a wonderful person. I have fond memories of her when I worked with Dr. Shears ( 1959-65) at the N.S. Rehab Centre/ Her very touching obituary captured my memories of her. I was pleased that over the years we continued to be in touch. She will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Sincerely, Audrey Kennedy-Harmer, Guysborough, N.S.

Chris Buchkowsky

16 July 2018

We will always remember Aunt Dorothy as a fun-loving person with a heart of gold. She welcomed us into her home with a warm and gracious spirit and had a unique way of making everyone feel special. We have many fond memories of the Bulmer /Shears get togethers over the years. There were always plenty of laughs and delicious desserts....a sweet time was had by all!:)
There wasn’t a dry eye when we read your touching and eloquent tribute to Aunt Dorothy and in honour of your suggestion to create new memories with family, we walked on Cordova Bay beach, kayaked, feasted on fine food and wines, laughed and danced together and had a toast to this remarkable woman. Bravo to a life well lived!😘
Chris & Anne & Families

Shirley Blois

13 July 2018

Dotty was a very special lady and we all appreciated knowing her. She was very warm and welcoming . As a member of the infamous. “Bridge and Poker” group, we shared many very pleasant times with Dottie and Art. Rest In Peace, , my dear friend.

Dolores Mitchell

13 July 2018

Leslie and family, I would like to extend my condolences to all of you. I feel honoured to have known your Mom. I was happy to give you hugs recently.
With love,

Ann Murdoch

13 July 2018

It would be remiss not to mention the Colwell Shears relationship over the years. To say Dorothy shared her compassion with us is an understatement having taken the initiative to host a bridal shower on my behalf.

We connected again at Parkland at the Gardens as Toms father was also there. Other than her kindness her virtues were simply exemplary for the rest of us to follow. We adored her and grateful she was in our life

We offer our sincere condolences and know first hand how blessed you are to have so many wonderful memories.

Best regards
Ann(Colwell) and Tom Murdoch

John Boudreau

13 July 2018

So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I too have great Hubbbard's memories of time spent with the Shears.

Dr.Derek Yeadon

12 July 2018

Deepest sympathy to the family.Dot and Art were absolutely wonderful neighbours and friends of Blanche and myself and family of ours for many years as well as Art being a wonderful colleague of mine.Will not be forgotten in our fond memories of times together.Such a wonderful couple.

N elson Metcalfe

12 July 2018

As one who served as Minister of Visitation at First Baptist Church, Halifax, from 2005 to 2017, it was my distinct privilege and pleasure to visit both your parents when they lived on Springvale Avenue and meeting your athletic doctor/father out for a good brisk walk. After the passing of your father, it was encouraging to see your mother being so well cared for at the Parkland at the Gardens during my several visits with her. She was a great lady and I, also, appreciated her ready smile and quick wit.
My prayer for the family is that as you reflect on the many good memories of your mother they may also bring God's comfort and peace.
Yours, with sincere condolences and sympathy,
Rev. Nelson Metcalfe,
Minister of Visitation
First Baptist Church, Halifax
2005 - 2017

Kelly Herd

10 July 2018

I have so many wonderful memories of being with Dorothy, the Shears family... Mostly I will cherish our more private moments at the condo. A weekend we didn't have anywhere to rush to... Dorothy and I shared our lives, mostly about family while I tried to spoil her with a special breakfast... I also have very special memories of cooking my first prime rib at the cottage with Dorothy and Joan... I have fond memories of all the family, they welcomed and embraced me... My love of all things cooking has continued, my clients are excited with each new experience. It was a real honor to get to know each of you, my love and best wishes to you all....